I don’t think this article is behind a paywall, but just in case here are a few pertinent quotes.
“Sweden has left its schools, gyms, cafes, bars and restaurants open throughout the spread of the pandemic. Instead, the government has urged citizens to act responsibly and follow social distancing guidelines.”
The key here is that they did. Life is certainly not normal and their economy is suffering big time, just not as badly as other nations. For sample, a popular Easter trip is the ferry to Gotland. Down 96% even though no restrictions.
“Part of that approach relies on having access to one of the world’s best-functioning health-care systems. At no stage did Sweden see a real shortage of medical equipment or hospital capacity, and tents set up as emergency care facilities around the country have mostly remained empty.”
“As of Sunday, Sweden had reported 1,540 deaths tied to Covid-19, an increase of 29 from Saturday. That’s considerably more than in the rest of Scandinavia, but much less than in Italy, Spain and the U.K., both in absolute and relative terms.”
Population is only about 9 million. That would be like 54,000 deaths in the US. So how successful might be in the eyes of the beholder. Even so, nurses did not have to wear trash bags for PPE. Nor did regions have to compete for supplies.
“Swedish characteristics that may be helping the country deal with the current crisis. More than half of Swedish households are single-person, making social distancing easier to carry out. More people work from home than anywhere else in Europe, and everyone has access to fast Internet, which helps large chunks of the workforce stay productive away from the office.”
“I have very high confidence in the Swedish authorities that manage this,” Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson said in a phone interview. “It’s a hard balance to strike, but I have full confidence in the measures that Sweden has taken.”
Confidence in their government. How about them apples? We haven’t seen much of that since the Vietnam War and then later Reagan famously said the government “is the problem”. If you think about it, our politicians have been running on the platform that our government truly sucks. Then they become part it and nothing changes. Or gets worse. As in today.