Sweden Covid Update
From this board in November: https://caucus99percent.com/content/sweden-covid-19-data-update
The short form? Think Dakota, either one. It's bad and looking to get worse.
I never understood what that was supposed to mean, but most of the world was experiencing the long predicted and very serious Second Wave and Sweden saw a dramatic increase in both cases and deaths.
Since then? The learned scientists on that thread noted that Sweden's global rank in per capita deaths was in 20th place which was really BAD because Finland and Norway had much better numbers. On the other hand, as of last April -- when all the Sweden bashing made a lot of sense based on their numbers at the time, they had just about the worst experience in the world. In November, I thought it odd that Team Lockdown was touting the 20th rank as a major indictment of Swedish stupidity, when its experience since the First Wave was among the best in the world. The virus diminished to close to nothing in July through September before the Second Wave hit.
Following the standard tautological method of Team Lockdown, the tongue clicking was loud and obnoxious about how those Swedish morons who thought there was such a thing as Herd Immunity simply did not understand that the only determining factor in Covid case and death numbers is Lock Down. Better numbers next door, better lock down. No other factor could possibly affect the numbers, according to these avatars of Science.
Well, as of this week, somehow those Swedish morons fell two more steps down the Death List Ladder to Number 22. I never hear a word about the lockdowns in Belgium -- favorable or unfavorable -- but they are in the worst shape of any national state, with a cumulative Covid death rate more than 50% higher than Sweden. Well they do not share a border with Sweden so those numbers mean nothing.
From January 20 through January 26 here are the numbers for the USA and Sweden:
USA New Cases
Sweden New Cases
Adjusted for population differential with USA having more than 30 times the population of Sweden, the Swedish rate is 675,000 -- significantly better than here.
USA New Deaths
Sweden New Deaths
130 -- about what it was during the summer months.
Adjusted for population differential, the Swedish new death rate is 3900 -- 18% of the US total.
While I was nosing through today's edition of the Corona Virus Update, I found this rather serious statistical reality -- whether it is the Second or Third Wave or just a variant strain, the shit is hitting Western Europe really hard. Not the overhyped and politicized threat of what we have seen so far in the USA, but another level of infections and deaths.
The UK, France and Spain have a total population of about 180 million. Their New Cases total almost 92,000 which is very close to our gross number of about 96,000 -- with a population almost double. New deaths show 2567 in those three European countries compared to our 2470.
This disease is by definition mysterious. It did not exist before, and certainty about how it spreads, how to stop it or slow it down, or what it will do next is nothing but propaganda. Whenever I posted questions or skepticism about the story being told I found Team Lockdown disdainfully sneering at my ignorance of "science" and how to look at the virus.
Another message board bullshit response is to assume that all criticism of Lock Down Logic is Trumpism. More sophistry. The disease is real. Its effects are extremely onerous. That should be the start of a small d democratic discussion of the options.
In this country, we no longer discuss options. We discuss blame.
We are sick and it is easy to see why we are having such a hard time with the coronavirus.
It is true, you can reach any outcome you want if you just assume your own conclusion. Good job Team Lockdown. You are on the winning team!!!!