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    What would you do about coronavirus in the UK if you were in charge?

    There's almost no virus "what-iffery" in Sweden - e.g. no disposable menus, no acting as if you can get it from food, no regimenting ordinary things such as going to the pub or shops, etc. Basically keep distance where possible, wash your hands, don't be around people if you are ill.
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    What would you do about coronavirus in the UK if you were in charge?

    I wouldn't say "many" by a very long stretch, and I've been out and about in several parts of Sweden over the past month in numerous different environments. People are generally good at observing social distancing. Another notable measure is that mass social gatherings such as at sports events...
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    Overnight ferries - more danger from air con in inside cabins than outside ones?

    Stena Line states: "Our ventilation systems are running on 100% fresh air, no recirculation."
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    So, Sweden may well have been right.....

    I would say that as everywhere the tabloid media hasn't been perfect, but certainly the messaging from the authorities I have found to be very measured and straightforward. The general impression I have got is that people in general have not been terrified, far from it, though of course I know...
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    So, Sweden may well have been right.....

    What I will say about Sweden is that it decided very quickly that it was going to have to live with the virus for a very long time. My experience, being there, is that the objective was to allow people to carry on with their lives and professions as normally as possible while introducing...
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    So, Sweden may well have been right.....

    Yes, there is of course still 5 months to go but it looks as if Sweden’s death rate this year could still end up better than in 1993 and 2000 when there were bad flu outbreaks.
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    So, Sweden may well have been right.....

    You are correct. Domestic travel was advised against “unless you must” but one was free to define “must”. Don’t forget all mass events cancelled (still are and they haven’t even let spectators back into sport yet) and no people jetting away on holiday, plus all office workers at home where...
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    So, Sweden may well have been right.....

    It’s also worth noting that Sweden seems to have basically allowed itself to go though an entire outbreak. So contrary to other countries, deaths, hospitalisations and cases have continued to decrease as social activity increases, rather than the opposite.
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    So, Sweden may well have been right.....

    Sweden state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said that in March, the decision was made to go from stopping the coronavirus from coming to Sweden to reducing the effects of the virus, which Tegnell describes as a classic model for pandemic control. The coronavirus is unpredictable and it is...
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    So, Sweden may well have been right.....

    Certainly in April that was very much the case. However, as someone who goes out regularly in Stockholm, I saw the numbers steadily increase from some time in May onwards. Certainly from the beginning of June there was a noticeable increase in people, and by mid-June I would observe it as...
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    UK face coverings discussion

    Few people wear masks in Sweden - I read 5% somewhere but in my experience it would be more like 1%. It’s actually the opposite situation to many other countries because people wearing masks tend to get stared at.
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    Possible 'normal' holiday destinations

    It would be hard to go wrong with Sweden. Entry to the country is as far as I know straightforward from other EU/EES countries and the UK. Face masks you won't see much - in fact people wearing them who aren't elderly even tend to get stared at. Everything such as bars, restaurants etc. is...
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    How much longer will social distancing go on for in the UK?

    Yes indeed, Mike. I am not that scared of many things, but mass obedience is probably the one of which I am - as you say it can lead to dreadful consequences and it is quite terrifying what people are prepared to do when obeying orders en masse.
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    Coronavirus precautions: Has the world gone mad?

    The problem here is that events with mass gatherings are major drivers for wide areas of the leisure and hospitality-driven economy - people attending mass events such as big sports matches, major concerts, trade fairs, shows, etc., which they normally do on a daily basis, obviously generates a...
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    Coronavirus precautions: Has the world gone mad?

    The French government has ruled out another nationwide lockdown, admitting that the consequences of the first have been "disastrous". Source: https://www.france24.com/en/20200709-warning-of-possible-virus-resurgence-france-rules-out-another-total-lockdown
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    Coronavirus: How scared should we be?

    That is exactly the point that Sweden's state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell made when quizzed on this some time ago - that if that was the case, it was pointless looking for a vaccine. It's worth noting that both Tegnell and his mentor Johan Giesecke, who are vastly experienced in dealing with...
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    Has the COVID Crisis changed our attitude to risk?

    The exit happens when the outbreak curbs itself/dies out - which is what is happening. Otherwise less strategy is needed as most things didn’t close to begin with.
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    We have more immunity to SARS-CoV-2 than thought

    Despite the fact that Stockholmers are crowded at outdoor restaurants and beaches, the spread in the capital is decreasing. This is according to Infectious Diseases Stockholm manager Per Follin, who does not rule out that Stockholmers may have built up some immunity in the population. He tells...
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    Sweden introduces new guidelines for people who have tested positive for antibodies

    New guidelines were published by the Public Health Authority of Sweden yesterday. They state that based on current knowledge, a positive antibody test most likely means that the person is protected from reinfection for up to six months from the date of receiving the test result. Under the new...
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    We have more immunity to SARS-CoV-2 than thought

    Latest studies from Karolinska Institute suggest public immmunity is higher than previously supposed: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-06-immunity-covid-higher-shown.html

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