Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Aria Bendix - A year and a half after Sweden decided not to lock down, its COVID-19 death rate is up to 10 times higher than its neighbors

"Sweden's strategy would 'likely result in a massacre' in a different country"

It now has up to 10 times as many COVID-19 deaths per capita as its Nordic neighbors.

Sweden also didn't fare much better economically, suggesting its gamble didn't pay off.

Sweden has recorded more COVID-19 cases per capita than most countries so far: Since the start of the pandemic, roughly 11 out of every 100 people in Sweden have been diagnosed with COVID-19, compared with 9.4 out of every 100 in the UK and 7.4 per 100 in Italy. Sweden has also recorded around 145 COVID-19 deaths for every 100,000 people — around three times more than Denmark, eight times more than Finland, and nearly 10 times more than Norway.

"They underestimated the mortality tremendously," Claudia Hanson, an associate professor at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, told Insider

In a paper published in September 2020, philosophers Mirko Farina and Andrea Lavazza argued that many lives could have been saved if Swedish health authorities had followed the strategy of their Nordic neighbors.

"On paper they're all good scientists, but de facto in practice, most of them end up missing some basic human values," Farina told Insider.

Their paper also argued that Sweden's low density and small population — combined with residents' trust in national authorities — likely prevented a deadlier outcome. If a denser, more populous country like Italy were to adopt Sweden's strategy, they wrote, it would "likely result in a massacre."

Business Insider

Aria Bendix - A year and a half after Sweden decided not to lock down, its COVID-19 death rate is up to 10 times higher than its neighbors


Peter Pan said...

You just posted that all age-adjusted deaths in Sweden rose much less than in the UK. So the massacre was in the UK, and the perpetrators of that massacre are your leaders!

Kaivey said...

I know, it's worse here, but Sweden is worse than its neighbours, so it should drop the strategy, while we go for Zero Covid.

lastgreek said...

Leaders, eh?

Well, when it comes to world leaders, Canada’s Justin Trudeau is the most handsome leader in the whole wide world. He’s got the brains too — not just a pretty boy.

Peter Pan said...

What happened in Nova Scotia is happening to the Grits... support for Justin's Liberals is down. Come September, O'Toole will be revoking Justin's passport. Can't have him fleeing the country before the investigations are complete.

Meanwhile, more injustice!
<a href=">Nova Scotia man loses appeal in 'Grabher' license plate dispute</a>


lastgreek said...

"Come September, O'Toole will be revoking Justin's passport."

Yeah, you keep on dreamin', PP.

Justin Trudeau @JustinTrudeau
Officiel du gouvernement - Canada · 15h

After days of avoiding it, Erin O'Toole confirmed he wants to bring private for-profit health care to Canada.

Non Canadians (and you have my sympathies) probably don't know what we're talking about Ha, as if I

lastgreek said...

"And of course... Peru..."

They just need some more time...

New York Post @nypost · 22h

Llama antibodies may neutralize COVID and help prevent infections, lab trial finds

What? Aren't Llamas native to Peru?

Peter Pan said...

I wonder if non-Canadians would get the joke of Fidel Castro being Justin's illegitimate father.