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Is Swedens coronavirus strategy working after all?
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of MSN News

MSN News, July 28, 2020
Posted: August 2nd, 2020

Sweden famously took a totally different approach to its Nordic neighbours in trying to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Swedish strategy allowed people to keep living largely as normal. Stores and restaurants remained open so too did many schools. With a COVID-19 death toll of 5,700, Swedens mortality rate from the disease is now around a quarter higher than that of the United States, when adjusted for population size. However, authorities insist that the number of deaths has considerably dropped in recent weeks. "We've actually seen a clearly declining trend in the number of patients in intensive care and also in the number of deaths since the middle of April," said Anna Mia Ekstrm ... at Stockholms Karolinksa Institute. So how close is Sweden to possibly reaching herd immunity? We dont know at this point. Scientists are still trying to figure out whether immunity from the new coronavirus can even be reached and for how long. Ekstrm noted that the reproduction number of the epidemic or R number, which measures the average number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to has now fallen in Sweden to around 0.6, meaning transmission is declining. The number of people with antibodies against the new coronavirus, meanwhile, is increasing. Data published by Swedens public health agency in June showed that about 10 per cent of people in Stockholm the nation's worst affected area had developed antibodies to COVID-19, more than anywhere else in the country.

Note: The number of new cases and deaths in Sweden has dropped significantly while the U.S. other non-European countries are seeing a rise in both, according to this MSN article. For the month of July 2020, Sweden had 370 deaths while California had 3,200 deaths. California has a population about four times that of Sweden, yet California with its strict lockdown had almost 10 times as many deaths as Sweden, which is one of the few countries that chose not to lock down. For more, see concise summaries of revealing news articles on the coronavirus from reliable major media sources.

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