the author of the Swedish strategy to combat the pandemic called “crazy” popular measures of containment of a pandemic, like travel restrictions and school closures. The ability of masks to protect from the virus he believes is poorly proven. He admitted that he had underestimated the danger of a new virus, but believes that to make conclusions from Sweden’s experience yet.
the Main epidemiologist of Sweden Anders Tegnell, who became an ideologue of the national strategy for combating coronavirus, called introduced almost worldwide quarantine measures are a form of “madness”, contrary to the theories of the counter viral epidemics.
“As if the world has gone mad, and all we discussed was forgotten,” said Tegnell live on Swedish radio (quoted by Bloomberg). “Cases became too much, and the political pressure proved to be too strong. And then Sweden was one,” said he.
According to him, the restriction of movement have created new challenges, including an increase in domestic violence, loneliness, and mass unemployment. “Just as all medications have side effects, measures of pandemic also have negative consequences,” he said. Tegnell urged to take into account the health of all these aspects. Closing schools Tegnell also called an excessive measure and is advised not to use facial masks, arguing that there is little scientific evidence of their effectiveness.
Tegnell convinced that the coronavirus will not disappear in the near future, and this means that the quarantine will ultimately be ineffective in the fight against long-term threat. “I look forward to a more serious evaluation of our work than is done until now. There is no way to know how it will end,” he said.
Sweden is the only country in the EU did not impose self-isolation and to close schools and public places to contain the epidemic. The population was encouraged to respect the principles of social distancing. However, the mortality rate from coronavirus in Sweden is 51 people per 100,000 — was, according to the Johns Hopkins University, is much higher than in the other Nordic countries (Finland — 6, Norway — 5 Denmark — 10) and USA (37). The Swedish surveys show that the inhabitants of the country are losing faith in the correctness of the authorities ‘ response to the pandemic.
Tegnell previously acknowledged that at an early stage of the pandemic misjudged the potential of the deadly coronavirus. But he refused to discuss the possibility of the rejection of his strategy.