Sweden Fails to Stop COVID-19
Sweden has been an outlier in the global pandemic: It eschewed lockdowns and kept restaurants, bars, schools, movie theaters and gyms mostly open. But now a second wave is forcing authorities to reconsider their approach. https://t.co/7bAqjh27Hp— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) December 15, 2020
Systemic shortcomings in Sweden's elderly care coupled with inadequate measures from the government and agencies contributed to the country's high death toll in nursing homes, an initial report by an official commission said on Tuesday. https://t.co/AhEmiWl2T3— Reuters Health (@Reuters_Health) December 15, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: Sweden has not heeded the way the rest of the world has tried to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Sweden in particular was working on herd immunity by allowing people to contract COVID-19 and thus would be immune to coronavirus, and not be able to spread it further, that is if they did not die.
Sweden has the highest death rate of all its Nordic neighbors. All ICU beds are occupied in Stockholm and this is forcing tougher restrictions as emergency services are overrun with capacity for intensive care beyond 100%. Closing some schools and decreasing the size of public gatherings are now in place, but restaurants and bars are still open. Perhaps they should require some more restrictions?…..Carol