Sweden was taking a lot of abuse from critics saying their refusal to go into full lock-down would result in mass casualties.
At one point, to be sure, the numbers Sweden was putting up were starting to look pretty grim. But as time passed, and we were more able to make proper apples-to-apples comparisons with other nations, those numbers shifted in Sweden’s favor.
Sweden has registered its lowest rate of positive coronavirus tests yet even after its testing regime was expanded to record levels in what one health official said was a vindication of its relatively non-intrusive Covid-19 strategy.
Over the past week the country carried out more than 120,000 tests, of which only 1.3 per cent identified the disease. At the height of the pandemic the proportion was 19 per cent.
Johan Carlson, an epidemiologist and director of the public health agency, said that Swedes seemed to be benefiting from widespread immunity because of the decision not to order the population to stay at home during the first wave.–The Times UK
Here’s a comparison of Sweden, who braved the virus without a lockdown against the UK who blew up their economy with a shutdown, and are facing the possibility of a second lockdown with a resurgence of the virus.
Here’s another look at Sweden compared to several European countries with daily confirmed cases.
Sweden bit the bullet, faced the inevitable head-on, and dealt with reality as it was, rather than reality as they wished it could be.
And now? Now they don’t have any great fears of the virus tearing through their country — on top of that, they haven’t shut down their country and thrown themselves down the road to insolvency as so many other nations have.
The difference between the two? Sweden has faced their fears, have endured a similar number of deaths that the UK has, still have their jobs, and are not sweating bullets about a second wave of the virus.
The Second Quarter numbers show that Sweden took an economic hit, but it was significantly less than what other countries that imposed lockdowns saw.
However much the Left insists the only way through this is to live in fear, Sweden’s example has proven — if nothing else — that just because fear is the most popular option, it is NOT the only one out there.