Everything Sweden has done right

In the Covid crisis, one country shows how to take a measured approach and how to admit to mistakes

From early on in the Covid crisis Sweden has been criticised for taking a different approach. But the country has also been held up as a beacon of reason and for some of us maybe even freedom. Sure, you might say, they also suffered economically and they had a high death toll. So let’s put all of that into context.

Making recommendations rather than giving orders

First off, Sweden didn’t just do nothing. Sweden took a trust-based approach, making social distancing voluntary, recommending vulnerable people stay home, people work from home, and avoid unnecessary travel. Sweden banned gatherings of over 50 people, while schools stayed open, so did many bars and restaurants. An individual’s responsibility is even written into Sweden’s law.

Admitting mistakes, seeking to improve

Sweden has an issue with high death tolls in care homes. Tegnell admits that this aspect was overlooked and that the elderly should have been protected better. An investigation is launched into Sweden’s Covid strategy.

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The economy

I do not want to dwell on the economic part too long, because it’s a no-brainer. Of course voluntary social distancing has some impact on the economy. But more so, how is a relatively small country not supposed to be affected if the global economy around it shuts down? It has for decades not been possible anymore to look at one country’s economy in isolation from the global economy.

I am a scientist and writer. I aim to be a voice of reason and facts in this distorted world in which opinions are considered truth.

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