by UnHerd News
Tuesday, 4
January 2022
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Danish health chiefs eye Sweden’s low Omicron rate

Cases and deaths are dramatically lower than neighbours
by UnHerd News

Sweden is currently experiencing the smallest wave of Omicron Covid infections of any of its Scandinavian neighbours. At a rolling average of under 500 cases per million, it is less than Norway (700), Finland (1100) and Denmark (3000). Daily Covid deaths are under 0.5 per million — half that of Norway and a third of Finland or Denmark.

Cases have surged in Denmark due to the Omicron variant

In an interview today with Svenska Dagbladet, Professor Lone Simonsen of Rosklide University in Denmark said it is not yet clear what explains the difference:

Norway and Denmark opened up earlier than Sweden. It may be that Sweden is just in another point in the pandemic.  But I have wondered if their early strategy in the spring of 2020, which led to more immunity than here, could be of help there now in addition to the vaccine.
- Prof. Lone Simonsen, Rosklide University

The Danish wave has been the most dramatic so far, but health chiefs there are expressing confidence that the milder nature of the Omicron variant will mean that normal life can resume shortly.

Sweden’s death rate is currently less than half its neighbours

Tyra Grove Krause, Chief Epidemiologist at the national disease centre “SSI”, told Danish TV2 that the risk of ending up in hospital is half that of previous variants, and that the peak would come later in January.

Lone Simonsen agrees that Denmark will soon be through the worst and that many Danes will not even know they are infected. She is confident that there will not be significant excess mortality:

In South Africa have seen a huge spread of infection combined with very low excess mortality. It looks like Omicron is much milder than previous virus mutations. And we have seen data from Canada, Scotland and London that point to the same thing, in populations that are more similar to the Swedish or Danish with a high vaccination rate and older population.
- Prof. Lone Simonsen, Rosklide University

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jonathan carter-meggs
jonathan carter-meggs
9 months ago

What is it that makes our bureaucrats and technocrats so useless?

Colin Elliott
Colin Elliott
9 months ago

They are dominated by good degrees at a couple of world-class universities, but in humanities or worse.

Edward De Beukelaer
Edward De Beukelaer
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin Elliott

universities funded by the illness industry…..

James Joyce
James Joyce
9 months ago

UPDATE: The King and Queen of Sweden are infected with Corona. Seem to be mild cases so far.
But Sweden has had the right strategy from the beginning, and largely held its nerve. Thank you, Anders Tegnel! That’s leadership, as opposed to Fauci, the disgusting, pandering, lying (he admitted he lied, so don’t fault me for this) camera-loving career bureaucrat. He is a large part of the problem.
This Corona-ranking, which Freddie talks about in his end of year interviews, is a bit like poker tournaments where at the first or second level someone has a big stack of chips. That doesn’t mean he or she will be at the final table, it’s just a momentary thing.
When the history of Corona is written, the boffins, the Zero Covid people, will be shown to be the moronic nutters they are, and this means Fauci, Neal Ferguson, Jacinda Ardern, ALL of Australia–except the girl Freddie interviewed, and their ilk.

Josh Woods
Josh Woods
9 months ago
Reply to  James Joyce

Don’t forget Devi Sridhar in Scotland who has been a leading charlatan of the ZeroCovid cult!

James Joyce
James Joyce
9 months ago
Reply to  Josh Woods

Thanks for that, mate! I own up to this error. This woman is a vile, filthy, evil disgusting person. The interview with Freddie was a real eye-opener for me. This woman is not fit to be a cleaner, yet she is supposedly “important” in influencing Scotland and beyond. No one should ever listen to this disgusting fraud!

Josh Woods
Josh Woods
8 months ago
Reply to  James Joyce

All good, and let me add something about her James: Her connections and accolades raise quite a few alarm bells. She has co-wrote a famous article with Chelsea Clinton on some topic revolving around GAVI(the Gates-backed organization) and World Economic Forum, the latter which she has been heavily involved in. Then she has received awards from the Wellcome Trust, the powerful organization which Jeremy Farrar(one of the 2 people who is Fauci’s UK counterparts, the other Chris Whitty, or as I call him Witless) is the director of. When the Great Barrington Declaration came out, she co-wrote a counter-memorandum i.e. John Snow Memorandum, which was based on 2 hypotheses: No proven evidence of COVID natural immunity, and elimination strategy aka ZeroCovid is the way to go- both of which have now been debunked. The Memorandum also hid its number of signatures(except >6900 medical experts vs GBD’s >15,000) while the GBD’s have been made public. And she looks up to Australia & NZ. As someone who lived in Adelaide till past March, I wouldn’t want to go back in the next 2 years or so, quite a few ZeroCovid fanatics among that crowd there, some of them even tried to cancel me in the early days of this pandemic!

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stephen archer
stephen archer
9 months ago

Sweden’s infection curve has tended to lag behind other countries and I think it’s true now. Sweden was one of the last in Europe to open up for large events in the autumn. Cases are currently increasing rapidly, in some areas doubling or trebling in a week. A neighbour of mine in Stockholm attended a family christmas party and four days later all 13 were infected. It could be that there’s more immunity, who knows? Preventative measures and restrictions have been reintroduced but it won’t stop the spread, neither will face masks which here are few and far between. So far mortalities are at a low level but the hospitals are under increasing pressure.

Last edited 9 months ago by stephen archer
Andrea X
Andrea X
9 months ago

Well said.

Peter Branagan
Peter Branagan
8 months ago

So what’s your suggestion? Don’t think, Don’t even breathe – as you may be called windbag)?

What a brilliant contribution to human welfare/progress. Well done you.