Sweden’s "Lighter Touch" COVID-19 Strategy Looks Stronger Every Week
For months, Sweden was the punching bag of the world’s media and politicians.
For foregoing a lockdown, Sweden was declared a “cautionary tale” by The New York Times.
“Sweden is paying heavily for its decision not to lockdown,” President Trump tweeted.
“They are leading us to catastrophe,” said The Guardian in March, quoting a virus immunology researcher.
Experts and media around the world all seemed to agree, with a few notable exceptions, that lockdowns were the sound approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There’s been much less talk about Sweden of late. The reason, it would seem, is that Sweden’s strategy appears to have tamed the virus. While countries around the world are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 outbreaks, Sweden’s COVID-19 deaths have slowed to a crawl. As a result, many nations are catching up to Sweden in per capita deaths, and some are passing it. Italy recently popped back ahead of Sweden. Chile passed the Swedes next. Then came Brazil, which surpassed Sweden in per capita deaths on Wednesday.
Finally, on Thursday, the United States joined the group. The United States currently has 578 COVID-19 deaths per million compared to Sweden’s 577 per million, according to the global statistics web site Worldometers.
- With every passing week the Swedish strategy looks stronger.
- The lockdowns failed. pic.twitter.com/iXz6LbAfPx
— Jon Miltimore (Parler: @Miltimore79) (@miltimore79)
September 4, 2020