Sweden’s coronavirus strategy will soon be the world’s

13 May, 2020 at 16:03 | Posted in Politics & Society | 5 Comments


Interesting interview, but unfortunately neither Prescott nor professor Lobelo have got the fact that Sweden’s strategy is NOT a herd immunity strategy, but an approach directed at keeping our health-care system working without having to ENFORCE social distancing on the population.

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  1. Kind of crazy to keep health workers employed by increasing the numbers contracting a disease? And is it the healthcare system only that is kept working or have marketeers taken over the politics of the country? Will Sweden’s GDP suffer as much as my province’s or other countries’ GDP?

    Might be the right strategy in the long run but as Keynes said to Hayek, “In the long run we are all dead.” I compared the rates of infection of Sweden with my province of Ontario, Canada but did not compare the trajectories which would likely have been more valid.

    My province of about 15 million people has half as many more citizens than Sweden with just over 10 million people but it also half the deaths of Sweden.

    So we have an opportunity to compare two strategies — in the long run!

    • I agree.

    • The problem is that many of us don’t want to live in a society that prevents you from going outside even when you are committing no crime.

  2. I find this whole Herd immunity thingy as some sort of Lamarckian perspective acerbated by its framing in a Market Place setting.

    Per se the incessant framing that its an old people [non productive] or weak people [going to die sooner than later – limited productivity] when in reality is a huge neon sign that the Market [tm] has failed in its responsibilities to deliver a service E.g. nursing homes [last extraction point abattoir] where the old are off loaded so productive people can maximize their utility in the market place of individualistic consumption for style points.

    • A modest question is how much people the economy really needs. Especially how many passive consumers (pensioners etc.) the economy can profit from in the future.


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