There have been a lot of people talking about Sweden lately, and several articles have popped up about how they’re doing great even though they are taking very few actions to stem COVID-19 infections. Unfortunately most of the time these articles are talking about benefits to convenience or expected benefits to their economy, and not the mortality rate they have been experiencing. We know from Worldometers that Sweden’s new infection numbers are rising steadily and their mortality rate is one of the highest in the world. At this time, 69% of their known closed COVID-19 cases have ended in death. The world average is currently sitting at 20%. Their known per capita deaths are 10th highest in the world (and roughly 32.5% higher than the USA’s known per capita deaths from COVID-19). So before you celebrate Sweden’s response to COVID-19, take a moment to remember the number of people who had to die for it.
COVID-19 has been a known virus for about 5 months now, but there are still a number of things about it we do not know. For instance we know very little about COVID-19 antibody reactions and possible immunity. We do not know the viral load needed for the average person to be infected. We barely know how the virus affects our organs, and new surprises are still popping up with this regard. I have also still yet to see a study done testing to see how effective different masks are in blocking COVID-19 in different situations, most of the tests referenced use bacteria or other methods with different properties to viruses. I hope we can see some of these omissions in knowledge resolved in the next few weeks or months.
That’s all for now, stay safe everyone!