Sweden has been catching a lot of flak for being one of only a few countries in the developed world which did not impose a Covid-19 lockdown. Not only that, but no mask mandates, no travel restrictions and certainly no curfews.
Amid a media outcry proclaiming that the Swedish government was sentencing its people to death, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, proclaimed: Judge me in a year.
Since that day, you may have heard stories about how Sweden has double the per-capita Covid-19 deaths of any of its neighbors. Or how Sweden had at last seen the error of their ways and a Swedish lockdown was just around the corner. Or about how cases and deaths in Sweden were exploding!
… but rumors of Sweden’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.
So how can this be? Weren’t we told that Sweden has double the Covid-19 deaths of their neighbors? Yes, and that’s true, but therein lies the problem. You see, no two countries count Covid-19 deaths by exactly the same criteria. And furthermore, the Covid-19 death rate is simply not nearly as high, relative to other causes of death, as people think. So, when you have a look at deaths from not just Covid-19, but all causes, as we have done here, a very different picture develops…
In the end, it would seem that the Covid-19 lockdowns were not only unnecessary, ineffective and extremely damaging to our freedom and quality of life, but according to the emerging science, may actually be making covid-19 cases and deaths, the very problem that they are purportedly trying to solve, worse.
So, is it finally time to end the lockdowns, the mask mandates, and all the madness? Well, we can always judge in another year.
Sources & Methodology:
The dotted grey line at value 1.0 in the graph above represents the average number of deaths from 2010 to the very end of 2019 for each country respectively. In other words, if each of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland were sitting at exactly 1.0, that would mean that Sweden had exactly the 2010-2019 average of Sweden, Denmark had exactly the 2010-2019 average of Denmark and so on.
All countries are reporting deaths up to and including week 52 (the last week in 2020) but there is likely still some reporting lag. Death counts until November and the beginning of December 2020 are stable but death reports are likely to continue to trickle in for the final weeks of December. Norway may have a higher reporting lag than the other countries, and this may explain why it seems to have so few deaths relative to normal.