April 30, 2020

WHO: Sweden Handled Coronavirus Right with No Lockdowns

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By: Nate James

In Brief:

The World Health Organization (WHO) is applauding Sweden for how it handled the coronavirus pandemic, though the nation did not implement any sort of lockdowns as much of the rest of the world did.

The Background:

While the rest of the world’s leaders ordered its people to shelter in place and quarantine themselves, Sweden allowed its citizens to exercise their own judgement as consequences of coronavirus shutdowns wreak havoc on the global economy.

The New York Post reports:

Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, said Wednesday there are “lessons to be learned” from the Scandinavian nation, which has largely relied on citizens to self-regulate.

Ryan noted that instead of lockdowns, the country has “put in place a very strong public policy around social distancing, around caring and protecting people in long term care facilities.”

This news comes as YouTube is receiving backlash for removing a video of two doctors expressing doubt over the danger of the virus.

Fox News reports:

The doctors, Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, have made the argument that the mortality rate of the coronavirus is similar to the flu and, therefore, shelter-in-place orders are overblown. The doctors also called for businesses to reopen but were hit with criticism and attempts to debunk their claims.

ABC’s affiliate, 23ABC News, posted the video and later noted that YouTube removed it, citing it violated “community guidelines.” During the report, 23ABC News reporter Bayan Wang asked a law professor, “With over one billion users, and as a haven for expressions, is YouTube considered a public forum that should uphold freedom of speech?”

Notable Quotes:

“I think if we are to reach a new normal, Sweden represents a model if we wish to get back to a society in which we don’t have lockdowns.”

  • Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO emergency expert

Nate James writes from Texas.

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