Sweden represents a ‘future model’ for coronavirus policy, WHO praises the Scandinavian nation
Sweden has received a lot of criticisms for its so called “herd immunity.” At the beginning of this pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the China’s containment model a way to slow the spread of the virus. Now, it seems WHO is embracing Sweden model of keeping the businesses open and resisting shutdowns. The Scandinavian nation receives a rare praise Wednesday from WHO emergency expert, Dr. Michael Ryan for its response to the coronavirus.
In a conference call with reporters, Dr. Ryan says Sweden could be ‘future model’ for coronavirus policy. The Scandinavian nation receives a rare praise Wednesday for its response to the coronavirus, which is the opposite of China’s lockdown model. Unlike the United States, Sweden keeps much of its society running during the coronavirus pandemic and largely relies on its citizenry to self-regulate amid the pandemic.
“I think there’s a perception out there that Sweden has not put in control measures and just has allowed the disease to spread,” Ryan said Wednesday. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Sweden has put in place a very strong public health policy around physical distancing, around caring and protecting for people in, in long-term facilities, and many other things.”
“What it has done differently is it has very much relied on its relationship with its citizenry, and the ability and willingness of citizens to implement physical distancing and to self-regulate, if you want to use that word,” Ryan added.
The Irish epidemiologist also said that Sweden “really has trusted its own communities to implement” social distancing.
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