The Swedish COVID-19 approach: a scientific dialogue on mitigation policies.

Björkman A, Gisslén M, Gullberg M, Ludvigsson J

Front Public Health 11 (-) 1206732 [2023-07-20; online 2023-07-20]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sweden was among the few countries that did not enforce strict lockdown measures but instead relied more on voluntary and sustainable mitigation recommendations. While supported by the majority of Swedes, this approach faced rapid and continuous criticism. Unfortunately, the respectful debate centered around scientific evidence often gave way to mudslinging. However, the available data on excess all-cause mortality rates indicate that Sweden experienced fewer deaths per population unit during the pandemic (2020-2022) than most high-income countries and was comparable to neighboring Nordic countries through the pandemic. An open, objective scientific dialogue is essential for learning and preparing for future outbreaks.

Category: Public Health

Category: Social Science & Humanities

Type: Journal article

PubMed 37546333

DOI 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1206732

Crossref 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1206732

pmc: PMC10399217

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