Every country has approached treating the CCP Virus differently, but none have done it in such a confident way as Sweden. The capital of Stockholm is on track to reach herd immunity this month, with almost one-third already having attained a level of immunity.
Other countries are beginning to take note of how Sweden dealt with the CCP Virus (Wuhan coronavirus)—no lockdown, no closed businesses or schools, and more importantly—no real disasters.
The death rate has been significantly lower than that of France, Spain, the UK, Belgium, Italy, and other European Union countries, although the number of cases is still rising, just like other countries, amazingly Sweden has one-third of its intensive care beds remaining empty.
Dr. Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, was in charge of that country’s response to the CCP Virus pandemic and has studied what other nations are doing to combat the virus. “To me, it looks like a lot of the exit strategies that are being discussed look very much like what Sweden is already doing,” he told Canada’s Globe & Mail.
Another person who has taken notice is Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s Emergencies Program. He said, “I think if we are to reach a new normal, I think in many ways Sweden represents a future model—if we wish to get back to a society in which we don’t have lockdowns.”
Jan Albert, a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Tumor, and Cell Biology at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute told CNN that strict lockdowns “only serve to flatten the curve, and flattening the curve doesn’t mean that cases disappear—they are just moved in time.” He added, “And as long as the health care system reasonably can cope with and give good care to the ones that need care, it’s not clear that having the cases later in time is better.”
According to the Swedish Ambassador to the United States Karin Ulrika Olofsdotter, Stockholm is on course to reach herd immunity in May. “About 30% of people in Stockholm have reached a level of immunity,” said Olofsdotter in an interview on April 26, with NPR. “We could reach herd immunity in the capital as early as next month.”
When most of the population gains immunity to an infectious disease either by contracting the disease and recovering, or being vaccinated if that is an option, they have what is known as herd immunity. Some researchers indicate the threshold for coronavirus herd immunity is at 60 percent.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the U.K. government’s chief scientific adviser, said that about 60% of the population would need to get the coronavirus in order to get a herd immunity effect.
The World Health Organization said in April the idea that one-time infection can lead to immunity remains unproven and more testing and research is required.
Two models published by researchers at the end of April estimate that the total number of deaths in Sweden from the coronavirus will be between 8,000 and 20,000.
With around 2,200 reported CCP Virus cases per million population, Sweden has a lower number than in the United States (3,053 per million), the UK, France, Spain, Italy, and also lower than in many other EU countries. It’s slightly above the number in Germany, which has been hailed for its approach to the virus, reported the National Review.
“Something like 50 percent of our death toll comes from the rather small population living in care homes,” said Dr. Tegnell. “We know that we have had a problem with the elderly homes, this has been a discussion for years.”
Half of the deaths in Sweden are in people over the age of 86. Life expectancy in Sweden is 83, whereas it’s 79 in the United States, so there are consequently frailer elderly in Sweden. Out of every 100,000 births, about 10,000 more Swedes are still alive at age 85 than Americans, so Sweden’s slightly higher CCP Virus death rate, compared with ours, mostly reflects the fact that a larger percentage of Swedes live well past 79, according to the National Review.
So, on an age-adjusted basis, Sweden has done significantly better than the United States in terms of both cases per million and deaths per million—and it happened without lockdowns.