Sweden’s experts vs. America’s experts. Who to believe?
We have received so many different pieces of information about what we should and should not do in terms of protecting ourselves from COVID-19, many of them conflicting. Despite all the “experts” telling us one thing and then another, what we can do is deduce the truth with the numbers.
The latest in a long line of contradictory pieces of advice comes from Sweden.
According to the Daily Wire, Sweden’s top epidemiologist warns that wearing masks all the time is actually a hazard:
Sweden’s top infectious disease expert warns that believing face masks will stem the spread of COVID-19 is “very dangerous.”
Anders Tegnell, chief epidemiologist at Sweden’s Public Health Agency — basically the equivalent of U.S. Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force — says there’s no proof masks actually limit the spread of the virus.
“It is very dangerous to believe face masks would change the game when it comes to COVID-19,” Tengell said, according to the Financial Times. “Face masks can be a complement to other things when other things are safely in place,” he said. “But to start with having face masks and then think you can crowd your buses or your shopping malls — that’s definitely a mistake.”
This is strange to Americans because, as the Daily Wire reported, our own CDC has been telling us the exact opposite:
But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) says just the opposite.
“COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are ‘asymptomatic’) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are ‘pre-symptomatic’) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms,” says the CDC.
“To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
So who do we believe? We’re not medical doctors and trying to wrap our heads around the ins and outs of medicine isn’t something we’re trained for. Regardless, I think the answer is easy.
We can do that simply by looking at the numbers. The United States, while many infection rates are falling, was still seeing spikes in rates in various states. Meanwhile, Sweden was on a steady decline to the point of getting to report no COVID-19 deaths and is still seeing numbers fall today.
Sweden relied on the power of herd immunity from the word “go,” and it was a move that was ridiculed the world over, especially by our own American media. Interestingly enough, as Sweden’s rates declined, the media interest in Sweden was directly proportional. You won’t hear them talk about Sweden much today since the entire country wrecked the narrative that COVID-19 is God’s punishment for President Donald Trump…if they believed in God that is.
As it turns out, hiding ourselves or any part of ourselves away, was never the answer to begin with and the chances are that if it wasn’t an election year, we wouldn’t have been encouraged to. The narrative that we can’t go back to work because we might catch COVID-19 has kept much of our country on lockdown, our economy in arrested development, and endless narratives flowing from the left. For them, the virus is a toy.
For Sweden, it was a complication that was handled through minimal effort.