Sweden and Coronavirus – level 3

01-06-2020 15:00

Millions of people around the world are moving out from lockdowns, and they are learning how to restart a semi-normal life. However, Sweden´s semi-normal life has been the norm all along.

Unlike nearly every other European country, Sweden never imposed a lockdown. Instead, it banned gatherings of more than 50 people and asked the elderly to quarantine. However, most schools and businesses never closed. Sweden´s strategy was not to force any health guidelines and to minimize the negative economic and social impacts that come with a lockdown.

Swedish people welcomed this approach; however, the data is not pleasing. The country has experienced many more COVID-19 deaths than other northern European countries. Experts say that it is too early to evaluate the impacts on the society and economy, and it is necessary to wait at least one year to be able to judge which countries dealt with the coronavirus the best.

Difficult words: semi-normal (partially normal), quarantine (to stay away from other people in order not to spread a disease), approach (a way of dealing with a problem).

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