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It’s not too late to adopt Sweden’s approach to COVID-19

It’s not too late to adopt Sweden’s approach to COVID-19

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  November 19, 2020  (LSN)  Most countries that adopted the lockdown model are still in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Kenora, Dryden, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Ontario

Typically, there’s an easing of rules when infection rates decrease. But when rules are relaxed and infection rates naturally rise, authorities clamp down again. Masks go off – then on again.

Meanwhile, the horrendous cost of paying furloughed workers and closed businesses is bankrupting lockdown countries like Canada, and taking lives. And there’s no end in sight.

Sweden found a better way.

Brian GiesbrechtIn the first place, they realized they had to listen to their health experts and not let the issue become political.

Second, they decided at the outset that any model they adopted had to be sustainable over the long term. Last March, when the seriousness of this new virus hit us like a ton of bricks, the Swedes realized that we had no idea how long we would have to live with the virus.

Would a vaccine be discovered?

Not yet.

Would warm summer weather make the virus disappear?

No.

There were many other questions. The point was that any model had to be sustainable over the long haul. If they blew the bank by sending healthy workers home, closing down businesses and compensating everyone – as we have done in Canada – their economy would be severely compromised. Then, Sweden would be unable to maintain its comprehensive health-care system.

What if a second wave, a virus that was even worse or some other entirely unexpected calamity should come along? How could the nation respond if they had already devastated their economy?

So Sweden took a wait-and-see attitude. Instead of closing primary schools, forcing businesses to close and sending healthy workers to their homes, they took a measured approach.

Most importantly, they didn’t spend billions to pay people to stay home – as we have done – as well as compromising our children’s futures for generations.

As it turned out, their hospital system didn’t collapse. Students and teachers didn’t get sick. Sweden is basically back to normal and their economy is strong. They haven’t racked up the crippling debt that we have. There are still some infections but their numbers are dramatically lower than the spikes seen in European countries that temporarily suppressed the virus with lockdowns.

And now other countries are quietly copying Sweden.

Lockdowns have been a spectacular failure. Nations that locked down temporarily, but quickly reopened once it became clear that their hospital systems hadn’t collapsed, are regaining their momentum.

But countries like Canada that “flattened the curve” long ago but are still locked in a hopeless open-up-shut-down cycle – and paralyzed with irrational fear – aren’t doing well at all.

Sweden didn’t do everything right. They – like most other countries – didn’t adequately protect the nursing homes where most deaths occurred. However, they’ve adopted a realistic and sustainable model that has allowed them to get back to a normal life.

We’re stuck in a rut, with deaths from pandemic-related suicides, overdoses, neglected heart and cancer cases exceeding COVID-19 deaths – plus a sick economy.

Like Sweden, we have to learn to live with this virus. We should protect our vulnerable members as best we can, let people adopt social distancing practices that work for them and live our lives.

Brian Giesbrecht, retired judge, is a senior fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

Brian is a Troy Media Thought Leader

Here is a story we ran back in August 29th when the TDHU started to force people to wear masks 

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  • 19 November 2020
  • Author: Robert McKenzie
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Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Last updated Nov 23, 2020 

Comunlative
Cases 
Resolved
Cases 
Active
Cases 
Hosp
Cases
ICU Deceased
233 155 78 3 2 1
           

 

Case Number Esposure  Category Status  Date
Case #233 Close Contact Self-Isolating 22/11/20
Case #232 Close Contact Hospitalized 16/11/20
Case #231 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #230 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/20
Case #229 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/20
Case #228 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #227 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/20
Case #226 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/2020
Case #225 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/2020
Case #224 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #223 Close Contact Self-Isolating 21/11/2020
Case #222 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #221 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #220 Close Contact Self-Isolating 20/11/2020
Case #219 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #218 Pending Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #217 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #216 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #215 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #214 Pending Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #213 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/20
Case #212 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #211 Close Contact Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #210 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/20
Case #209 Close Contact Self-Isolating 17/11/20
Case #208 No Known Exposure Self-Isolating 19/11/20
Case #207 Close Contact Self-Isolating  18/11/20 
Case #206 Close Contact Self-Isolating  12/11/20
Case #205 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #204 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #203 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #202 Close Contact Self-Isolating  17/11/20 
Case #201 Travel  Self-Isolating  14/11/20 
Case #200 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #199 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #198 Close Contact Self-Isolating 18/11/2020
Case #197 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #196 Close Contact Self-Isolating 10/11/2020
Case #195 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #194 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #193 Close Contact Self-Isolating 12/11/2020
Case #192 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #191 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #190 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #189 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/20
Case #188 No Known Exposure Hospitalized 10/11/20
Case #187 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/20
Case #186 Close Contact Self-Isolating

12/11/2020

Case #185 Close Contact Self-Isolating 08/11/2020
Case #184 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #183 Pending Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #182 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #181 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #180 Close Contact Self-Isolating 16/11/2020
Case #179 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #178 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #177 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #176 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #175 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #174 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #173 Close Contact Self-Isolating 06/11/2020
Case #172 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #171 Close Contact Self-Isolating 14/11/2020
Case #170 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #169 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #168 Close Contact Self-Isolating 13/11/2020
Case #167 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
Case #166 Close Contact Self-Isolating 15/11/2020
       


 

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