Coronavirus: Hopes fade for Sweden’s ‘herd immunity’ experiment – Business Insider – Business Insider

  • Just 6.1% of the population of Sweden had developed coronavirus antibodies by late May, a lower measure than some of its health agency’s earlier models had predicted.
  • Unlike most European countries, Sweden did not impose a strict lockdown and kept open schools, restaurants, and bars, relying instead on citizens to enact voluntary social distancing measures.
  • Sweden did not impose a strict lockdown unlike most European countries and kept open schools, restaurants, and bars, relying instead on citizens to enact voluntary social distancing measures.
  • Anders Tegnell, the country’s chief epidemiologist, admitted that fewer people had developed antibodies than health authorities had predicted.
  • In April, he told the Financial Times that he expected 40% of people in Stockholm, the capital, to be immune to Covid-19 by the end of May.
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Sweden’s soft approach to the coronavirus has resulted in only a small portion of the population developing antibodies to the virus. This means the country appears highly unlikely to tackle the virus by achieving herd immunity.

A new study published this week showed that just 6.1% of Sweden’s population had developed coronavirus antibodies by late May, a lower measure than some of its health agency’s earlier models had predicted.

Sweden did not impose a strict lockdown unlike most European countries and kept open schools, restaurants, and bars, relying instead on citizens to enact voluntary social distancing measures.

Health officials have insisted that is not the specific goal of its approach, which they said is designed to prevent
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