Last year, before the world got hooked on vaccines, Sweden was the great experiment in “herd immunity” against Covid-1.
Unsurprisingly, this generated a lot of appeal, as Covid lockdowns dragged on. At one stage there was also a hope that the Swedish approach might actually be better in fighting the disease. Would the Swedish population now have the immunity to resist future waves? It is time to take a look and by comparing with other Nordic countries, we can see that herd immunity in the first wave didn’t appear to help - it saw far more infections and deaths than its neighbours.
But now it seems that Sweden is one of the few European countries to avoid a significant pick-up in infections, while all over the rest of Europe we are seeing a sharp increase. This is one to follow, and may establish whether or not vaccines (already there is talk of the fourth vaccine) and population control by app are here to stay.