We should follow Sweden to tackle Covid-19 and stop lockdowns - YEP letters

FROM: Stephen Greenwood, Knottingley
we could copy Sweden and don’t lockdown, don’t wear masks and spend a considerable amount of money to protect the old and vulnerablewe could copy Sweden and don’t lockdown, don’t wear masks and spend a considerable amount of money to protect the old and vulnerable
we could copy Sweden and don’t lockdown, don’t wear masks and spend a considerable amount of money to protect the old and vulnerable

So now we are in a second lockdown and then what?

It seems to me there are three ways to tackle Covid.

We can go into perpetual lockdown getting the infection rate down temporarily, coming out of lockdown and seeing the rate increase and praying for a vaccine.

Or, as now, we can have a circuit breaker national lockdown and get the infection rate down low enough to put a really effective test and trace in place as a lot of Asian countries have done successfully.

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Or we could copy Sweden and don’t lockdown, don’t wear masks and spend a considerable amount of money to protect the old and vulnerable. The first option in my opinion is the worst thing we could do, we are just kicking the can down the road and will eventually bankrupt the country.

The second option is the most successful way to combat it as South Korea has proved,but you need a world class test and trace system and we’ve had eight months to develop a pathetic one.

The Swedish model is flawed but it is a plan. They are not experiencing a second wave and even though they suffered with care home deaths initially compared to other Scandinavian countries their death rate was still lower than ours. I suggest we go down the Swedish route, spend a fraction of the money we currently are propping the economy up on protecting the old and vulnerable, but only if they want it.

Finally, could the government and people who promote lockdown stop saying “we are following the science”. There is no such thing as ‘the science’ it is ‘a science.’

There are plenty of scientists disagree with SAGE