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Sweden’s economy in much better shape than the rest of Europe

In this report for Newsweek published last August 6, 2020, author Soo Kim says that Sweden’s economy is outperforming the rest of Europe. Like it’s neighbors, the country experienced a decline in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but Sweden is not yet in recession. Editor’s Note: Remember the article published by the New York Times in […]

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New study shows immunity to COVID-19 higher than antibody tests show

A new study from the Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital shows that mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 patients have T-cell immunity against the new coronavirus even if they test negative for antibodies. The study, which was published at the scientific journal Cell shows that twice as many people have developed T-cell immunity than those detected […]

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Swedish epidemiologist lands top advisory role in WHO

John Giesecke, advisor to the Swedish government’s coronavirus response has been promoted to a senior advisory role within the World Health Organization (WHO). Giesecke is Vice Chair of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Infectious Hazards and will Be advising the Director-General on pandemic responses. Moreover, Giesecke will be leading the Advisory Group in […]

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Why Sweden has not mandated the use of masks

Andrew Tegnell sees no point in mandating the use of face masks as infection numbers in Sweden continue to decline, cites this article written by Jackie Salo for the New York Post.  It is a well known fact that Tegnell has been skeptic of the role of face masks in controlling virus outbreaks, especially since countries […]

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Sweden is winning against the coronavirus

In this article for Debunking Denialism, author Emil Karlsson attempts to wade through widespread misinformation to see the real facts about the Swedish coronavirus strategy. It looks at the primary data in official reports and statements made by Swedish public health officials.  Karlsson’s research shows that Sweden did in fact have a grand strategy at defeating […]

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Sweden’s COVID death rate now lower than Spain, Italy, and UK despite no lockdown approach

Data from Sweden is showing a downward trend in new cases and new deaths, says Soo Kim in this report written for Newsweek last August 3, 2020.  Compared to UK, Spain, and Italy, three of the worst hit countries in Europe, Sweden’s death rate per 100,000 people is lower, at 56.40. Meanwhile, UK reported a death rate […]

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The surgical mask is a bad fit for risk reduction

The following article was written for CMAJ by Canadian physician and poet, Shane Neilson. Written in 2016, Neilson exposed the fear-based messaging proliferated by mask wearing. He says that mask wearing prepares us for a future pandemic. In addition, Nielsen says, mask wearing is aimed at cultivating collective anxiety which rationalizes the intensification of risk […]

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Post-lockdown rules in Europe

The following article written by Cornelius Hirsch for Politico summarizes the reopening history of various European countries. It also tracks which countries require mandatory use of masks, as well as the length of each country’s lockdowns.  For most European countries, face masks are no longer required outdoors, and the longest lockdown was that of the UK which […]

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Spanish government apologized to children for lockdowns

In April 23, 2020, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias apologized to children for confining them in their homes since mid-March when the lockdowns started.  Iglesias also thanked children for the sacrifices they have made.  Spanish children have been allowed to play outside of their homes since April 26, 2020. Editor’s Note: The apology issued by […]

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Why no one in Israel can explain the drop in coronavirus cases

In this article for Haaretz, Meirav Arlosoroff explains that experts in Israel are surprised that instead of going up, coronavirus cases dropped after lockdowns were lifted. None of the mathematical models used in Israel predicted this outcome.  Arlosoroff cites the words of Prof. Hagai Levine who said that the models developed by physicists and mathematicians led […]