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Sweden never imposed quarantine because of the pandemic. What does this threaten?

In Russia, only the second week rules applyuniversal self-isolation. And then, this is not done in all cities. But judging by the streets, people have already begun to get tired of this. If in the early days, almost no one was visible even through the window, and the number of cars in the yards almost did not decrease during the day, now the situation has changed. People began to walk with children, sit on benches and just stagger through the streets for 2-4 people. In general, this was expected, but the government has no plans to introduce more fines and stop this. But what if I tell you that in Europe, where in general things are even worse than ours, there is a city (and not one) in which no restrictions are introduced and people cope. Why is this happening?

Something like the fight against coronavirus in Sweden.


  • 1 The situation with coronavirus in Sweden
  • 2 Why fewer people die from coronavirus in some countries
  • 3 How to deal with coronavirus without isolation
  • 4 How to save money during a coronavirus pandemic
  • 5 Who will be to blame for the spread of the epidemic
  • 6 Is it worth closing cities during a coronavirus pandemic?

The situation with coronavirus in Sweden

This city is the capital of Sweden - Stockholm. And behind it stretches the whole country, which is almost not worried about the pandemic and even continues to conduct sporting events. There are shopping centers, cafes, schools, and other public places. Just a little more security measures are applied. The main one is human prudence.

Hard quarantine or isolation of residents is notproduced. Residents themselves are not opposed and even happy about it. Nevertheless, many work from home, but they were not expelled from work, as in other countries of Europe, China and Russia, but simply said that they can do so. Those who opted for this option work outside the office. I did not find information that there is a mandatory rule about wearing masks or other protective equipment. It turns out that all this was left to chance and citizens decide for themselves how to be. Such a format could be fraught with serious consequences.

It should be noted that in Sweden the virus has been detected in a third of nursing homes. This is a large percentage, considering that it is for the elderly that the virus is most dangerous.

Currently registered in Sweden5 500 cases of infection and a little more than 300 deaths. This is even more than the statistics for Russia (5,389 cases of infection and 45 deaths), but quarantine measures are still not introduced. Looking at the examples of Italy, Spain and the United States, where the situation quickly got out of hand, many countries began to introduce restrictions even when the first cases of COVID-19 were detected. And someone did not wait for them at all and preliminarily limited contacts with dangerous regions.

We constantly monitor the situation and update the data so that you are aware of the situation with the epidemic.

Why in some countries fewer people die from coronavirus

In this case, to say that in Russia is verya large percentage of cases are not fixed, not entirely correct. Yes, questions arise when you see that in Italy ten percent of those who die are ill, and we have only one. But there are countries in which these statistics are even lower. For example, Israel (0.51%), Norway (0.89%), Australia (0.47%) and many others. Statistics depend on a large number of factors.

The situation in the world now looks like this. The redder, the more sick.

There is also such an element of statistics as the techniquecounting. In some countries, only those who are on ventilators are considered to be ill, and in others, also those who are on regular (sometimes home) treatment. All this greatly distorts the picture, as well as the number of deaths that can be taken into account by different methods. For example, to consider as dead from COVID-19 only those who developed the disease precisely because of the virus, but not to consider those whom the virus prompted to exacerbate chronic sores.

It should be noted that every day in suchcountries like France and Germany for various reasons, about 3,000 people die. Coronavirus takes away another 1000-1500 people a day. That is, the increase in deaths per day is 30-50 percent. Still just flu? Oh well…

How to deal with coronavirus without isolation

Imperial College London was one of thoseinstitutions, which explicitly stated that the lack of isolation in the UK alone would lead to 250,000 deaths. The Swedes do not accept this logic and are actively trying to adhere to the opposite theory. Such confidence in the opposite makes you think. The Swedes seem to know something that the whole world does not know. They have always been a mansion in Europe and here again.

The main ideological inspirer of rejection of isolationis the country's chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell. He even overshadowed politicians and constantly holds press conferences, makes statements. People support him and actively urge him to transfer power in decision-making on COVID-19 countermeasures. On the other hand, to whom it may be more visible than not to him, because he is the country's main epidemiologist. That is, now it is his time and he must decide. He decides people like it, but it looks weird.

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One feature of Tegnell's approach and hisThe team is refusing to treat everyone. They believe that only people in a very serious condition should get into intensive care wards. The rest can be treated in separate rooms or even at home. According to their reports, no more than 250 people who need intensive care will be admitted to Stockholm hospitals. From day to day, a temporary intensive care unit with 600 beds should open in the city. Given this amount, if Tegnell's forecast is correct, no more than a quarter of the beds will be occupied. Based on these figures, the introduction of additional measures is really not required. But where is the guarantee that in a month it will not get worse?

There is a risk that the situation will get out ofcontrol and the number of cases begins to grow like an avalanche. This will lead to the fact that the medical system simply can not cope. The approach chosen is bold, it may work, but it is very risky. Although, Tegnell himself can be admired because he was not afraid to make such an unpopular decision. If his plan leads to failure, he will not be very sweet. But, if everything works, you can safely recognize him as a genius. It was much easier to just close the city, and then even in the case of a large number of deaths, he would boldly say that he did everything he could. It is strange that a person is ready to risk his career and the citizens of his country.

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Will it work or not, we will find out very soon, butwhile Swedish doctors collect a large amount of information and constantly keep abreast. Swedish doctors even publish the most detailed reports. From these reports we can find out that the average age of patients is 60 years. There are data on chronic diseases. For example, 24 percent of all people with diabetes have diabetes. There are two types of statistics. One takes into account people who have died directly from the coronavirus and its complications. The second considers all dead people if they had a coronavirus (even if it did not become the direct cause of death). The difference in these two types of counting is three times.

How to save money during a coronavirus pandemic

It’s not a secret for anyone that nowthe economy is going through hard times (to say the least). Here both the impossibility to agree on oil production, and the next subsidence of the global economy, which is developing in waves, and the consequences of isolation of entire countries. Of course, this hit residents of many states who could not work and even lost their jobs. For example, in the UK every sixth business is on the verge of ruin. As a result, people lose their jobs, and those who worked at home at regular times simply cannot find it.

From this point of view, the financial system is still the sameOnce again, Sweden should thank its epidemiologist. Due to the fact that the country, in fact, is operating normally, its economy was the only one in Europe that barely suffered. Perhaps this is only so far.

People also work, study, spend money onmass events, although they sit a little further apart, and simply lead a familiar lifestyle. Some have moved to work or study from home, but there are not many such people. For example, among students this is only one sixth. As a result, Sweden, which already lived quite well, after the end of the epidemic, will still rise against the background of other countries in Europe and the world, including Russia. Again, if the wave of incidence does not cover it with your head. It seems to many that this is very likely.

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Who will be to blame for the spread of the epidemic

Transparency is very developed in Sweden, perhaps even more than in the rest of the world. You can almost “google” your neighbor’s salary. Residents are very proud of this and actively use it.

That is why Tegnell, if mistaken, willliterally smashed to smithereens. First of all, by the public, which will know almost everything that is possible. He himself has already stated that he is ready to take responsibility in case of failure. Despite appeals, it’s not too late to take the global path, Tegnell is adamant.

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On the other hand, the lack of stability inthe economy also spoils lives, and sometimes takes them away. There is another question: what will be the lesser evil, to lose a couple of thousand people dead or get tens of thousands of beggars, among whom the percentage of suicides will increase and as a result people will die too.

Which path was right, we already know quitesoon, literally within a couple of weeks or a month. But while Stockholm is almost the only capital of Europe, which lives an almost ordinary life. People support this and print posters with the text "All Power to Tegnell."

Is it worth closing cities during a coronavirus pandemic?

Of course, now everyone can put forward theirtheories about it, but making decisions when thousands of human lives are at stake is difficult. Therefore, many are reinsured and take measures of additional isolation.

An example of China, in which the quantity is no longer growingsick, showed that isolation is a great way to deal with the epidemic. The problem is that it is very expensive. But the main link for the transmission of the virus is eliminated - communication. It is she who leads to the fact that people infect each other with high speed.

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This is especially true in Asian countries where there is a high population density. Their Swedish approach would hardly work.

For Russia, in the best way, as Iseems to be self-isolation. Yes, it will be a very big blow to the economy, but the only way to make our person to be more closed from everyone. Although, this also does not affect everyone.

By quarantining a city, you can defeat the epidemic much faster. Or not?

At a minimum, such measures will reduceburden on medical facilities. Unlike many countries, it is customary for us to go to the hospital for any reason, but this does not happen everywhere. For example, here is how the owner of our site Mikhail Korolev describes the impressions of life in Finland.

In my personal experience, in the Scandinavian countriespeople’s approach to diseases is initially different than in Russia. I personally came across this when I lived 5 years in Finland. In this country, medicines are not sold, from the word completely (in Europe, almost everywhere), you cannot buy yourself antibiotics, a strong analgesic or something stronger than aspirin with vitamin C. Pharmacies are more like cosmetic stores and there is a special window, where on prescription you will be given the coveted medicine.

Due to this approach, people do not set themselvesthe diagnosis and do not self-medicate. But how did they come to this? Just. According to the laws of the country, you can only call a doctor at home if you have a really high temperature, not 37 or 38, or if you have, sorry, something fell off. If you call an ambulance for no good reason, you will receive a fine. Of course, when you call an ambulance, you must describe what happened to you, lying or exaggerating = penalty.

Hospital visits are similar, you call andsign up to the therapist. Unlike Russia, where you can make an appointment with any specialist. In Finland, the therapist decides what to do with you and whether you need to go to some other doctor.

If you feel bad, you can come to the hospital and go to the emergency room, the therapist will meet you and decide if you have enough aspirin or if you need another specialist.

Thus, the medical system does not experience unnecessary stress, people do not shove unnecessary medications, do not make diagnoses at home and do not go to specialists unnecessarily.

The reverse side, if you really had a disaster, a helicopter will fly to you, personally saw several times when the helicopter flew honey to people who had a heart attack on the street.

The saved money goes to the development of medicine, of course. And people are accustomed to this and do not attack the medical facilities, but sit at home calmly.

And for those like me, who came from Russia, whereTo each sneeze and a doctor, and antibiotics, it looks like Finns have one recipe for any disease - drink water and stay at home. And you know, it really works, for 5 years I, my wife or child have never drank antibiotics. Although in Russia they did it often - either on the advice of acquaintances, or on the advice of doctors.

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If we do not introduce tough measures, then largecities may not cope with the flood of sick people. The reason is the imperfection of the healthcare system, the approach of people, the lack of staff, the lack of discipline, and many other factors. It seems to me that in the conditions of our reality, the measures taken are not bad and the Swedish scenario would not work for us. The main thing is that the economy withstands.

Well, and who will be right in fact, time will tell. Moreover, according to experts, the second wave of the pandemic should come by October. Usually they always come in two passes. But by that time, the virus could also mutate into a less dangerous one (in order not to kill the host, but to live and reproduce in it for a long time), and a large number of sick and cured can stop its spread. It is believed that if 80 percent of people have developed immunity, then there can be no epidemic.

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One thing is for sure. Despite the relatively low mortality rate, it’s not worth saying that it’s just flu. It is transmitted much faster and harder to carry, even for those who survived. Therefore, it is necessary to fight for life. But just what way to choose for this? .. There is no answer yet.