Sweden Close To Victory Over Coronavirus

Never Had A Lockdown Or Mask Mandate

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By Jim Bowman


Oh that Swedish thing.

As the rest of Europe and the world remains under the grip of draconian rules and the threat of new lockdowns, Sweden, which allowed its citizens to remain free throughout the entire pandemic, has pretty much declared victory over the coronavirus.

The country now has one of the lowest infection rates on the planet, and it's difficult not to admire how it has handled the past year, with no strict lockdown or compulsory face mask rules. All businesses, schools and public places remained open in Sweden for the duration.

Setbacks along the way, but look at it now.

"Sweden has gone from being the country with the most infections in Europe to the safest one," Sweden's senior epidemiologist Dr. Anders Tegnell commented to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

"What we see now is that the sustainable policy might be slower in getting results, but it will get results eventually," Tegnell clarified.

"And then we also hope that the result will be more stable," he added.

Where did Dr. T. stand on masks?

Tegnell previously warned that encouraging people to wear face masks is "very dangerous" because it

gives a false sense of security but does not effectively stem the spread of the virus.

"The findings that have been produced through face masks are astonishingly weak, even though so many people around the world wear them," Tengell has urged.

We oughta listen.

Email: jimbowman7@aol.com Twitter: @BlitheSp

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and OakPark.com. We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

9 Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Jim Bowman from chicago  

Posted: September 11th, 2020 11:20 AM

Jerry S. (again, sorry to bother you) -- If you used Media Bias Fact Check, you might find this interesting: 'The Columbia Journalism Review describes Media Bias/Fact Check as an amateur attempt at categorizing media bias and Van Zandt as an "armchair media analyst."[3] The Poynter Institute notes, "Media Bias/Fact Check is a widely cited source for news stories and even studies about misinformation, despite the fact that its method is in no way scientific."[5] Alexandra Kitty, in a 2018 book on journalism, described MBFC as an apparent "amateur/civic outfit" and wrote that its founder's only qualification was a degree in communications.[4]' On the other hand: 'The site has been used by researchers at the University of Michigan to create a tool called the "Iffy Quotient", which draws data from Media Bias/Fact Check and NewsWhip to track the prevalence of "fake news" and questionable sources on social media.[6][7] The site was also used by a research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in initial training of an AI to fact check and detect the bias on a website.[8][9]" FYI.

Jim Bowman from chicago  

Posted: September 11th, 2020 10:54 AM

Jerry -- Summit News evaluation seems off base in this case. It's a news-gatherer (I forget the term), in this case citing Corriere della Sera, a clearly mainstream outlet with circulation of 400K-plus and is Italy's "most read" paper -- and one of its oldest (!). I link to it in my blog. (Google translator required for the likes of you, I presume, and for me.) I do link to a Summit article with its links to Financial Times, Fortune, Newsweek and other sources including an extended graph display in Swedish. (Again, if you are really interested, Google Translator is your best bet.) Summit also links to its own articles, which is common enough in online news and other outlets, so as to keep the discussion going, not to mention seduce the reader to spend all day on them. All of it tends to support -- that is, supports -- a conservative point of view. Read one posting and you get this. No wool is being pulled over eyes. Points are argued and supported by non-Summit reports, as I have noted in this case. But of course these can be twisted and interpreted wrongly. (Even the devil can cite Scripture for his purpose, said Antonio in Merchant of V.) In sum, you can go here for "extreme right-wing bias," as your fact-checker has it. (By the way, which one did you use, of the dozens (?) available, as partly noted here https://duckduckgo.com/?q=fact+checkers+sites&t=opera&ia=web? Or you can go to leftist sites. Let me know your favorite.

Jerry Sjostrom  

Posted: September 10th, 2020 5:27 PM

Media is fact-check: Here's what it says about Bownman's source, Summit News: Overall, we rate Summit News Questionable based on Extreme Right-wing bias, promotion of conspiracies, misleading and unproven stories, and a complete lack of transparency.

Jim Bowman from chicago  

Posted: September 10th, 2020 10:30 AM

Josh, you are right about the Journal but wrong to complain. It's a major part of the paper's appeal, has been for decades. But have you considered your own opportunities? You have 2000 characters available in a comment, unlimited comments, each of which hits the front page (and every other page online), so fire away, all day long if you want, every day. As for readership, I'd say comments are very well read, which is the essence of newspaper success. Go ahead.

Josh Vanderberg  

Posted: September 10th, 2020 8:12 AM

As it appear the Wednesday Journal will post just about any idiotic thing as a 'blog' - how do I get a blog here? Sign me up! I can do better than this.

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: September 9th, 2020 8:47 PM

Heinz, you should look at New Jersey, New York, and Illinois. They make Sweden look like they had a walk in the park. New Jersey had 3 times as many deaths per million, and New Jersey was locked down.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: September 9th, 2020 8:07 PM

Sweden has had over 51,000 CASES. 5,842 deaths.

Heinz Schuller from Oak Park  

Posted: September 9th, 2020 7:06 PM

Virtually all of those 5,842 deaths were age 60 and above. I don't know how one would "admire" sacrificing the elderly to build herd immunity.

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: September 9th, 2020 5:28 PM

According to worldmeter.com the total deaths are 5,842, and not 51,000.

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad

Latest Comments