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22 Jul, 12 tweets, 3 min read
In finding Swedish child seroprevalence yesterday, I spent some time on their Public Health site and—WOW—what a breath of fresh air. They actually tell …the truth… instead of fomenting panic. Let’s take a look at some highlights & compare to USA

US: Everyone must mask & lockdown or all will perish

Sweden: “There are reports of transmission of COVID-19 from people without any symptoms of illness. However, only a few studies describe the role of this type of transmission in relation to the...
...overall spread of COVID-19 in the community. Based on the available knowledge about COVID-19 and similar diseases, the current understanding is that this route of transmission represents a minor part”

US: Unmentionable

Sweden: “If you have had a COVID-19 infection confirmed by PCR-test or have had a positive antibodies-test you have the possibility to socialise with others, even inside, even if you or the other person/persons belong to an at-risk group.”

US: we hate kids & those little disease vectors must be on strict lockdown & mask for life w no school. Their lives should be made as miserable as possible

Sweden: “Children represent only a small proportion of the reported cases of COVID-19 in Sweden. Symptoms are...
... generally milder in children compared with adults and children are less likely to become seriously ill. Available knowledge shows that transmission between children is limited and transmission in schools is rare”

US: No such thing; everyone is definitely going to die

Sweden: “It is particularly important to protect older people from COVID-19” “The fatality rate among those 70 years or older is 4.3 percent, whereas it is 0.1 percent among those younger than 70 years”

US: lock kids in basement & cancel Xmas

Sweden: “recommend ppl aged >70 avoid infection by limiting physical contact w other ppl. However, it is important that ppl get to see their nearest & dearest for their own well-being. Older ppl can meet friends& family”

US: It’s a right-wing conspiracy theory

Sweden: “Not everyone who has had COVID-19 develops antibodies. There will be some who develop antibodies, while others do not develop antibodies but instead an immune response through the T cells”

US: Assume you're infected at all times &, if you so much as clear your throat, a negative test is required to reenter society

Sweden: “For both children & adults, if you get symptoms that are short-lived – for example, you feel slightly ill one day but are...
... fine the next day – you do not need to take a COVID-19 test”

“If the symptoms have a clear cause that you are familiar with, and cannot be attributed to COVID-19, you do not need to stay at home. Typical causes might be migraines or allergies.”
There are more, but you get the picture.

And, as usual, Sweden did better. More on this later.


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-all adults who want vax have had it

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