You may not have noticed, but the mainstream media isn’t talking about Sweden much anymore. This is quite a contrast from a few weeks ago, when the country was the favourite whipping boy because it didn’t employ a lockdown in its fight against COVID-19.
The Daily Mail writes:
Sweden became a closely-watched outlier in the spring after refusing to go into lockdown, with shops and restaurants staying open throughout the crisis.
Large gatherings were banned along with visits to nursing homes, but primary schools stayed open even in hard-hit Stockholm.
Citizens have largely complied with social distancing recommendations and the government says that its softer measures will be easier to maintain long-term.
On Monday, Sweden announced just 398 new cases over the weekend, down from 767 the week before and 2,530 only a month ago.
In fact, Swedish authorities are telling people not to wear masks, even on public transit.
Sweden employed a herd immunity approach to the virus, meaning the best way to fight Covid was by letting people get it and build up an immunity. And as the virus runs out of people to infect, the number of new cases will drop. It also means they are not talking about a second wave of Covid infections in Sweden.
The economy wasn’t destroyed and life continued on much as normal.
Meanwhile, other countries, such as Germany, that used a lockdown, are bracing for a second wave. Why would there be a second wave if the lockdown was so effective? READ: Germany ‘won’t be able to avoid’ a new lockdown when second wave hits, virologist warns as outbreaks spread around the country
More warnings about the second wave: READ: UK’s Boris Johnson: Coronavirus ‘Second Wave’ Starting in Europe
MORE ON HERD IMMUNITY: In an interview with the American Institute for Economic Research, leading American epidemiologist, Dr. Knut Wittkowski, explains why herd immunity is the only way to fight the coronavirus:
“With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is herd immunity. About 80% of the people need to have had contact with the virus, and the majority of them won’t even have recognized that they were infected, or they had very, very mild symptoms, especially if they are children. So, it’s very important to keep the schools open and kids mingling to spread the virus to get herd immunity as fast as possible, and then the elderly people, who should be separated, and the nursing homes should be closed during that time, can come back and meet their children and grandchildren after about 4 weeks when the virus has been exterminated….
“Well, we will see maybe a total of fewer cases—that is possible. However, we will see more cases among the elderly, because we have prevented the school children from creating herd immunity. And so, in the end, we will see more death because the school children don’t die, it’s the elderly people who die, we will see more death because of this social distancing….”