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The Media’s Jihad against Sweden’s No-Lockdown Policy Ignores Key Facts | Ryan McMaken

As soon as it became clear that the Swedish state had no plans to implement harsh lockdowns, global media organizations like the New York Times have implemented what can only be described as an ideological jihad against Sweden.

For many weeks, there has been an incessant drumbeat of articles with titles touting the “the failure of the country’s no-lockdown coronavirus strategy,” that “Sweden Has Become the World’s Cautionary Tale,” and “How Sweden Screwed Up.”

It is common to read articles stating that Sweden has one of the world’s worst death rates for COVID-19.

This, however, remains a matter of perspective.

Sweden’s total deaths per million in population as of July 14 is 549. That’s considerably lower than the deaths per million rate in the UK, which is 662, and in Spain, which is 608. In Belgium, the death rate is 884.

Moreover, the Sweden deaths per million is many times better than the rates found in New Jersey and New York: 1,763 and 1,669.

An astute reader, however, will quickly notice that articles condemning Sweden’s “failure” rarely if ever mention these comparisons. Instead, anti-Sweden articles are careful to only mention countries with far lower deaths per million, usually Denmark and Norway. A nonspecific stock phrase is generally inserted which repeats that Sweden has: “a far higher mortality rate than its neighbours.”

Articles about countries with far more deaths per million than Sweden often make excuses for those governments. In May, for example, the BBC repeated the Belgian government’s talking points, which attempted to explain that things aren’t as bad as they seem in Belgium. In places where harsh lockdowns were implemented—such as New York or the UK— the explanation is that these countries implemented their lockdowns too late.

But no matter what the data shows, it is always assumed that lockdowns work well, and the fact that nonlockdown Sweden has a death rate similar to harsh-lockdown France can only be explained by claiming France didn’t lock down harshly enough or long enough.

Meanwhile, the evidence that lockdowns actually work remains spotty at best. The results we get from lockdown countries vary wildly, yet commentators ignore this and stick to a dogmatic refrain: lockdowns always work, and Sweden “screwed up.”

Now, global “experts,” such as those at the World Health Organization (WHO), are claiming that Sweden is among the countries most likely to have a resurgence in COVID-19.

So far, these is no evidence of this at all. Two weeks after the WHO’s prediction, both cases and deaths in Sweden continue to trend downward.

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Hawaii guy
Hawaii guy
July 15, 2020

I mean for fucks sake who gave and has the mother fucking authority to make me leave my job and sit in my God damn house for 3 months now!!! Mother Fucker I need to s$#&# some mother fuckers!!! Fuck the lock down you mother fuckers!!!

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Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  Hawaii guy
July 15, 2020

Lockdowns are only necessary where local flare ups occur. And then temporarily. Distancing, masks, and avoiding mass gatherings do the trick. Is all of your area in lock down? The problem with the US is that they think they have to re-invent everything so that they can then claim success rather than look at what has been working elsewhere. Not really inconvenienced much here. Some, but that’s really minor stuff. People go about their business mostly as usual. We have always been allowed out to go shopping and exercise in the open (max 2 people, then 5, now no limit).… Read more »

Clarity
Clarity
July 15, 2020

This is not a race! Facts are that Sweden was initially lauded by many for its stance, and only when it showed how badly it had failed did the media finally pay attention. Sweden has over ten times the deaths compared to last flu season. That is no small feat. In part because Sweden REFUSED to allow senior citizens living in care homes to be treated in hospital so that their treatment was limited to ill equipped care homes when ER services were needed. Overall the excessive death rate for Sweden is significant. Check out excessive deaths stats at euromomo.com.… Read more »

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