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Sweden may find itself on the brink of catastrophe

Government denies implementing policies of social isolation in order to preserve individual freedoms

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro…

Sweden is on the verge of a real health and humanitarian catastrophe with the new coronavirus pandemic. With almost 15,000 infected and about 1600 dead, the country is preparing to become one of the biggest affected by the virus in a few weeks. However, unlike most nations, Sweden does not adopt quarantine and social isolation measures as public policies of compulsory and coercive nature, which has further facilitated the spread of the infection.

Recently, a group of 22 Swedish scientists wrote an open letter formally calling for “swift and radical action” by the country’s government to begin containing the further spread of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Previously, a group of more than 2,300 local researchers asked for the same. The 22 scientists call on the government to immediately close schools and restaurants, conduct mass tests of health workers and force quarantines between families with a confirmed infection.

However, the government of Sweden opted, in an absolutely opposite sense, to place its faith in social detachment and voluntary self-isolation of the population. The architect of the government’s strategy, state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, publicly disapproved of the letter’s claims. These are his words: “I don’t understand what they mean. The health care system has always been under control. If you look at the curve, we have consistently had about 60 deaths a day. We have had an unfortunate development in caring for the elderly and we started working hard on that”. Tegnell also pointed to the well-known flaws in the policy of social isolation in New York, which has ten times the death toll from Sweden, despite having a similar population to the country. According to the epidemiologist, the difference in counts of deaths by countries tend to be very confusing, choosing to protect the Swedish economy instead of taking hasty measures.

When looking at the crisis in the country since a deep analytical point, we may come to the conclusion that Anders Tegnell is not correct in claiming that there is a strategic planning behind the absence of social isolation in Sweden. If there is such a strategy, its influence on government’s decision-making is minimal, since the predominant factor is another: the ideology of the Swedish State. Sweden is one of the European countries most committed to the liberal, democratic and western values ​​that currently guide Europe, being one of the most permissive countries in relation to the axiological liberal agenda, which includes at its core the identity claims of the new lefts, the so-called “identity causes”, which constitute individualist agendas almost always added to liberal and anti-state economic proposals.

The supreme values ​​of Swedish ideology are individual freedoms and, for this reason, the government cannot even consider reducing them, even if this decision depends on the survival of its own population. This is the Swedish bet: the belief that individuals will sovereignly decide what is best for them and for others and that this will be enough to prevent further damage to the country’s stability during the global pandemic. Apparently, neither the negative experience of all the countries that took too long to adopt social isolation nor the increase in deaths among the population itself can alter this immutable decision of the government, which silently watches the escalation of the infection in the name of individual freedoms and liberalism.

This is yet another chapter in the axiological war fought in the midst of the new coronavirus pandemic: the less Western (liberal), the stronger States are against this invisible enemy; the more western, the weaker and more vulnerable they are. In order to combat the disease, it is essential that all western states become increasingly less western, as European democracies are already doing, as well as the USA itself – epicenter of western ideology and, not coincidentally, of the pandemic. Sweden considers the need for these measures and their strong strategic value, but does not make the slightest effort to implement them as it considers that they would mean the death of the Swedish democracy.

Fortunately, the government’s decision is not approved by all sectors of the society, with strong disapproval among the most specialists and among the people themselves. Joacim Rocklöv, professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Umea in northeastern Sweden, says he believes the government’s strategy “is not prudent”. These are his words: “I think we should learn from the experience of other countries, but we have not learned any lessons from what is happening in Italy and Spain. We must learn from them, be more rigorous in the implementation (of measures) and ensure that this does not turn into a public health catastrophe “. The specialist also warns of the most worrying fact: the virus has a long waiting period until it manifests itself in symptoms, so it is very likely that a large part of the country’s population is already infected asymptomatically, transmitting it to others due to the absence of isolation, and that the results will appear only weeks later.

Finally, it remains to be seen which of the voices will be heard by the government: that of specialists committed to the well-being of the population or that of fanatical defenders of ethereal values. Perhaps the Swedish government will only find out too late that diminishing some freedoms could be vital to the survival of democracy itself in times of crisis.

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Optimist
Optimist
April 21, 2020

We should start to worry about locked down Belgium.

Optimist
Optimist
April 21, 2020

They are in pretty good shape comparing to Belgium, France, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Italy.

Nick
April 21, 2020

It is extremely urgent that Sweden adopt strict lockdown measures immediately, otherwise the correctness of their approach will become impossible to hide and there will be no way to try and attribute the failure of millions dying to a lockdown policy.

Sweden is on the right path, and by their actions the rest of the world will see how wrong they were to follow the bad advice they have been getting.

Hold the course Sweden, the world needs you to show the way.

j t
j t
April 21, 2020

Well, great! It’s always good to know who to avoid. I had thought that theduran was more careful about who they let regurgitate MSM narratives on their site. I will now avoid InfoBrics and Lucas Leiroz. There were no facts presented showing that Sweden has or will have any worse an outcome than any other country (there is once again, as with other WHO directed pseudo-disasters, NO good evidence that those dying who were dx’d with “covid-19” virus died of the virus). There is absolutely NO evidence that “social isolation” does ANY GOOD AT ALL (and likely the opposite) except… Read more »

St. Longinus
St. Longinus
Reply to  j t
April 21, 2020

Given the avalanche of lies the public is fed from the “health” NGOs and the media, I tend to agree. I don’t agree with Sweden’s PC culture. However, I do agree that this pandemic is actually a plandemic to cover for the central banks around the world to implement their corporate fascist coup de grace which will keep the global populations in debt for hundreds of years. The enforcers are the un-elected bureaucrats, the politicians, militaries, and police forces.

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
Reply to  j t
April 21, 2020

You’re being unfair un the Duran. They also post an interview with Professor Johann Giesecke, the Swedish virologist behind the policy. It’s important to highlight the pushback against this – and judging by the comments Duran followers at least aren’t fooled. Tragically we’re in a minority. Here in the UK at least most people are as gullible as ever and will be queuing up for a shot with ‘vaccine’ written on the packet. Don’t blame the sheep, it’s the useless shepherds who are to blame who have sold out to the wolves like Gates, who are licking their power crazed… Read more »

j t
j t
April 21, 2020

Well, great! It’s always good to know who to avoid. I had thought that theduran was more careful about who they let regurgitate MSM narratives on their site. I will now avoid InfoBrics and Lucas Leiroz. There were no facts presented showing that Sweden has or will have any worse an outcome than any other country (there is once again, as has been the history with other WHO directed pseudo-disasters, NO good evidence that those dying who were dx’d with “covid-19” virus died of the virus). There is absolutely NO evidence that “social isolation” does ANY GOOD AT ALL (and… Read more »

RussG553
RussG553
April 21, 2020

I’ll put my money on Sweden having done the right thing. I have read what many expert epidemiologists have said, that the key to beating this is establishing herd immunity. Their numbers are about middle of the road as far as infections and deaths, so the jury is still out. Won’t the panickers feel stupid when Sweden is proven right!

SteveK9
SteveK9
April 21, 2020

Sadly for all the politicians of the locked down countries, Sweden is going to do just fine.

Gi To
Gi To
April 21, 2020

This virus is like and similar to influenza, there are researchers and doctors who have exposed this. Countries do not make lock down with cancer or with influenza. People die of Influenza and other communicable diseases every year
https://www.worldometers.info/

penrose
penrose
Reply to  Gi To
April 21, 2020

OMG! Here I thought humans were immortal. This comes as a huge shock to me. No wonder I failed Health 101 in High School.

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
April 21, 2020

Absolute rubbish. The vaccine lobby have being pushing this nonsense for weeks because they are terrified that Sweden will prove that this whole lockdown was an appalling blunder. Sweden’s death rate is still about half that of the UK per head of population and they will have no fear of a second wave when the lockdown is lifted. The strategy of giving sensible advice and protecting the vulnerable (many of whom are close to death anyway), while it works it way through the rest of the population naturally, was always the most sensible policy. The latest UK death figures show… Read more »

Greg
Greg
April 21, 2020

You are misinformed about the situation in Sweden. Covid-19 has already peaked. 1-2 weeks ago.

Frigga Karl
Frigga Karl
April 21, 2020

We know too little about the Covid-19. Maybe Sweden has an adequate response to it with its refusal of public policies of compulsory and coercive nature. The numbers are not correct in no country because we do not know wether the people died “of” or “with” the Virus. We have neither compared numbers with epidemic influenza death of earlier years. There is another problem of a global lock-down. As long as the public health care is in such a pitiful state of being global lock-down justifies this situation and will not ameliorate. We have to refuse global lock-down for a… Read more »

Robert Glop
Robert Glop
April 22, 2020

Locking down healthy people has NOTHING to do with medicine. Sweden is on the brink of catastrophe if and only if locks down its population like other wannabe dictators did with theirs

Clark George
Clark George
April 22, 2020

The Corona Virus is a scandal. The deaths are out of proportion. They are tagging nearly all deaths as Corona. Bill gates and the NWO are corrupt and have an agenda to vaccinate the entire world and place a microchip into everyone. His instagram account is covered up with threats .

Don Schneiders
Don Schneiders
April 22, 2020

Terrible article – my bet is that it will prove wrong on all counts. Sweden is doing as well as most other European countries without totalitarian restrictions which will have no effect on the ultimate death toll of the virus. Who wrote this drivel? Does he not know that you cannot stop an epidemic by hiding from it? It must run its course as it will, but you can destroy jobs and impoverish people with a futile attempt at lockdown which must and will end before people are utterly ruined. We will see before long who proves to have the… Read more »

Jim
Jim
April 22, 2020

Bullshit. The globalists want all the countries to perform Quarantine, because they do not want that some countries prove it is useless.

Tjoe
Tjoe
April 25, 2020

I’m convinced I had the virus in January (and lived through it). It’s not worth destroying your economy by “shutting down”….unless you want to be a welfare state.

Use the best anti-viral there is….ethyl alcohol. Put a small amount on a tissue, cup it in your hands and breath it into your sinus and lungs. Put it where the virus grows, not some pill or vaccine. Ever-Clear is 190 proof…. so 95% ethyl alcohol.

Erik Kennedy-McDonnell
Erik Kennedy-McDonnell
April 28, 2020

“ethereal values” of liberty are dangerous? yeah, very true!

gwynn oneill
Reply to  Erik Kennedy-McDonnell
July 29, 2020

The response to the virus could have been like for example the U.S. response to the Nazis in WW11; if we all work together and endure hardship we will save ourselves, meaning keep whole cities dark at night to prevent bombing, grow victory gardens and work franticly to make war materiel . The virus could have brought people together. But with good reason we can’t trust the powers that be, we are a divided nation this time around and we can’t work together as once we could. Could we ever again?

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