Sweden’s urban epidemiologist Anders Tegnell says in his Summer in P1 that he was surprised by how other countries acted in mid-March and with what strategy they chose to fight the pandemic. He believes that Sweden needed its feet on the ground when everyone else went crazy.
”Then it was as if the world went crazy and everything we were discussing seemed completely forgotten. Country after country shut down. In Sweden, we kept to the classic “, sa Anders Tegnell in his summer in P1.
In foreign media It is written that Sweden’s state epidemiologist calls other countries’ lockdown “madness”. Tegnell describes Sweden’s strategy as a “classic pandemic control model” that has been discussed among international colleagues for 20 years. According to him, the fact that other countries abandoned models is due to the fact that many cases became too many and that the political pressure became too strong.
Sweden has one of the world’s highest death toll in covid-19 with more deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than the United States, according to data from John Hopkins University. Tegnell admits that he initially misjudged the deadly potential of the virus, but in his summer talk he does not go so far as to reject his own strategy.