Swedish Covid-19 chief Anders Tegnell: judge me in a year

Accompanying article here: https://unherd.com/2020/07/swedens-anders-tegnell-judge-me-in-a-year/

In just a few short months Anders Tegnell, architect of Sweden’s unique response to the Covid-19 pandemic, has gone from unknown physician and technocrat to a household celebrity in Sweden and in countries around the world. He is beloved by some (people have even had tattoos made with his face) and intensely disliked by others. Today he is suntanned and relaxed, having just returned from his summer holiday, and wearing an open-necked polo shirt. Here is a summary of what he said:

  • In terms of migrants, travel and urban areas Sweden is more similar to the Netherlands and the UK than Norway or Finland
  • Lockdown may have made a difference, but closing schools and people being out of work is also bad for public health
  • Numbers of new infections arriving at the same time seems to make a big difference, so Stockholm half-term travellers to the Alps a big factor for Stockholm epidemic
  • Eradication is not an option, ‘we have to learn to live with this disease’
  • Evidence for masks still very weak, and they may yet be counterproductive. With all the trends going sharply down, it would make no sense to introduce them now
  • Additional immunity such as T cells playi…

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