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14 Jan, 10 tweets, 5 min read
Sweden trying to stop other countries from taking measures against COVID-19. Thread.
Finland. Sweden 'tried to stop Finland from closing the schools', wanted Finnish society to work as normally as possible and was worried about Finland cutting off Helsinki region.

- In Swedish (machine-translatable):…
- In English:…
Giesecke (SWE): Like I've told you many times, Norway is doing it wrong.

Forland (NO): He has been on the first page of the Norwegian newspapers again and again, saying Norway's doing wrong and Sweden is doing right.
Ireland. They turned down Giesecke's suggestion of infecting everyone under 60.…
United Kingdom. Boris Johnson took advice from Anders Tegnell with sad consequences.…
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

In April, Tegnell tried to persuade ECDC from recommending masks with this incoherent letter (yes, it's authentic) but failed.
You can continue the thread with more examples.
#Schools around the world.

#Sweden: Despite open schools, children didn't get sick or spread the virus.

Also Sweden (Tegnell in a press conference now in January, via @IvaWest_SE, machine-translated): In spring, we basically tested no children at all.

The latter is true.
What about #Denmark? If Norway was getting emails about 'doing it wrong' and Finland was pressured to keep the society open, didn't Denmark experience Swedish lobbying, too? I haven't heard anything about it, except for ministers complaining about the closed border.
Johan Giesecke (Sweden's former state epidemiologist, worked for the Public Health Agency in spring) kept contact with Finland's state epidemiologist.

- So you're saying the state epidemiologist of Finland is coming around to your point of view?
- Yes.

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13 Jan
I'm watching an interesting Finnish documentary called Korona Ruotsissa ("Corona in Sweden"). Anyone can watch it but unfortunately it is only in Finnish except for some interviews which are in Swedish. I'll try to sum up parts of it. Thread.

It starts with an interview of a minister in the Finnish Church in Stockholm. Many in his congregation have died and have been buried without their families present. Finns have had the highest covid mortality in Sweden.

I'm sad to see they still don't know the risks of singing.
Narrator: 'Sweden's different approach to covid has raised questions around the world. In spring, it looked like the Public Health Agency believed that the high mortality would bring sufficient immunity. They have since then repeatedly denied herd immunity being the goal.'
Read 54 tweets
29 Dec 20
My year 2020, month to month: from choir practices to quarantining, from waiting for action to taking action and moving from Sweden to Finland. Probably too long a thread. 🧵

Also: How has your year been? #2020MyStory
January 2020. I lived in Stockholm County and did a lot of things I don't do anymore. Singing in a choir wasn’t an extreme sport and going to a café wasn’t risky behaviour. I took my kids to indoor play places and hobbies. Image
February 2020. A great start. My brother came to visit from Finland. We had an awesome weekend. I showed him the city. We spent a day in the Abba museum, saw 1917 in the movies and did many things I'd soon stop doing. One of the highlights of my 2020.
Read 213 tweets
29 Dec 20
Nice to read the happy tweets of Finnish healthcare staff who have been working with covid-19 patients for months and are now getting vaccinated. Keep them coming!
Read 4 tweets
21 Aug 20
A thread comparing C19 policies in Finnish & Swedish schools:

The schools in Finland started over a week ago. During this week, several cases have been detected in schools & preschools. Hundreds of kids & many teachers are now in quarantine & distance learning for 2 weeks.
In Sweden (where we just moved from), the schools started a bit after. I don't expect the same to happen. Is it because they're now immune? No, it's because they don't test school kids, trace or isolate contacts or report the cases in news, so nobody knows about them.
Symptoms? Sweden: Stay at home. Finland: Stay at home & get tested, kids too (many of the school cases have been kids).

Family member has C19? Sweden: Go to school/work. Finland: Quarantine.

Classmate has C19? Sweden: You won't hear about it. Finland: Quarantine.
Read 8 tweets
16 Jun 20
Samtidigt som frånvarostatistiken på skolorna skjutit i höjden har FHM meddelat att lärarna klarar sig bättre undan smittan än andra yrkesgrupper. Men ingen har egentligen mätt antalet smittade svenska lärare, visar Arbetsvärldens granskning.…
Gymnasieskolorna & universitet öppnades igen för att "'tillgängliga data på diagnosticerande yrkesgrupper' inte visar på någon ökad sjuklighet bland gymnasielärare, grundskollärare, förskolelärare, fritidspedagoger eller barnskötare, jämfört med andra yrkeskategorier".
Anders Tegnell sade till Lärarförbundets tidning Läraren att lärare har varit tydligt mindre sjuka än andra yrkesgrupper och att skolmiljöerna är mindre smittsamma än många andra miljöer.
Read 9 tweets
18 May 20
Finland re-opened schools last week. Now they have found COVID-19 in 4 schools and set the pupils and staff in quarantine. Here in Sweden the schools and municipalities don't even inform families of corona infections in school though they still tell about lice and stomach flu. 1/
One exception to the rule is Kågeskolan in Skellefteå where a teacher died and 25% of the staff (18 people) tested positive. None of the pupils were tested. The school closed for a small while - due to lack of staff, not because of a quarantine. 2/8…
Another member of school staff died in Danderyd. No one was tested, no one was quarantined. 3/8…
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