Some of the things I noticed in Vetenskapens värld:
1) Smoking as an analogy:
Han (= Johnny Ludvigsson) påpekar att fler dog förra året av rökning än av corona. Ändå är inte cigaretter förbjudna, och rökare sätts inte i fängelse.
No, smoking is not prohibited, but lung cancer and COPD (KOL) are not contagious, and the guidelines for where you are allowed to smoke are much more strict. You can go to a restaurant in Sweden and share your infection with unsuspecting staff and patrons of the restaurant, but why don't you try lightning up a cigarette at the same restaurant?
And people are not put in jail for not adhering to Sweden's pandemic recommendations,
are they? The analogy is probably supposed to be: smokers in jail = people confined to their homes during the pandemic. But it would be worth mentioning that people in the other Nordic countries weren't confined to their homes. (By the way, the other Nordic countries are never mentioned in the SVT program, and it's not hard to see why!)
2) Johnny Ludvigsson also said that some old people would probably prefer dying earlier if they could choose to live in better conditions, but he prefers to ignore the fact that a) most old people would probably prefer to live longer in better conditions, but b) they were never actually given the choice. (As if conditions would improve in response to their choice of dying earlier. Instead, many of them got the worst of both 'choices': miserable conditions in nursing homes and
dying too soon of Covid-19.)
3) Agnes Wold, a bacteriologist, presented the idea that more children will develop allergies because their immune systems aren't exposed to the infections the way they would be if it weren't for the restrictions. It is an entirely hypothetical idea, but it would have been extremely interesting to hear if she had to say about children developing autoimmune diseases due to SARS-CoV-2 infections. For some reason we don't hear about this. Long-term Covid doesn't seem to be of interest.
4) Apparently the cases of depression, anxiety and sleeping disorders have been increasing during the pandemic. I wonder if Sweden has had fewer of those than countries with tougher restrictions. And is the anxiety due to fear of the infection or caused by restrictions? Do people get more anxious because they have to wear face masks? Or are they afraid because their fellow citizens won't wear face masks in the middle of a pandemic?
5) An OECD economist talked about lower future earnings due to school lockdowns:
That is a significant share of the world economy. … If you come from a disadvantaged background you have one single chance in life. If you miss that chance, you rarely catch up.
This has been a very popular argument in Sweden, but I haven't seen any evidence or argument to prove it. I have a couple of arguments against it:
a) The educational system is organized as competition
. If you don't get good grades, the educational system doesn't conclude that you need more (e.g. an extra year) of education. Instead, you are excluded
from higher education, which is the reason why people with a "disadvantaged background"
are usually screwed in this system. This is always
the case and has nothing to do with the pandemic.
b) However, the pandemic may make it worse, but an extra six months of school would make up for it, which is never considered as a solution to the problem because the problem is not supposed to be solved!
It is merely an excuse for forcing children in school. At the beginning of the pandemic, it may even have been a deliberate attempt to spread the virus to reach 'herd immunity' sooner.
Anyway, it is a very bad excuse for exposing children as well as their families and teachers to the virus.
At this point, we move on to the true crime against humanity, the inhumane restrictions!
Men pandemin har kostat mer än så.
2,5 million dog, men coronakampens följder har också kostat …
pandemiåtgärdernas pris … minst lika så många har dött av corona-restriktionerna
6) Vetenskapens värld
focuses on Uganda as an example of the toll restrictions have taken on third-world countries.Since many of the people in the Ugandan parliament are elderly (like in the rest of the world), Vetenskapens väld
suspects Uganda's measures against the pandemic to have been an attempt to save themselves. That it might also protect the elderly in the rest of the country isn't really considered because there so few of them, apparently:
Men sju av tio i Uganda är under 25. För dem är risken att bli sjuk i covid liten.
I guess Africans don't get long-term Covid, and liten och stor are relative terms, aren't they?!
A Ugandan woman is interviewed. She and her family was hit hard by the lockdown because both she and her husband were unemployed and had no way to feed their children properly. Nevertheless, she is actually able to distinguish and says that the lockdown was good. What was bad was that the state didn't make sure that people's needs were taken care of during the lockdown, i.e. people should have been given food.
ignores this idea because: Lockdown = bad!
Dom fattiga i Uganda har betalat ett högt pris för coronakampen liksom människor i alla andre låginkomstländer.
7) And the atrocious lockdowns have astounding consequences:
P.g.a. nedstängningen av skolan har 13 miljoner småflickor gifts bort. Tusentals flickor har könsstympats.
I guess it has nothing at all to do with weird religious beliefs and brutal customs. The sexual organs of little girls are mutilated because of the lockdowns! It's just gotta be true! They say so on Swedish TV!
(In my opinion, this is another one of those situations where recommendations
just don't suffice: Könsstympning
shouldn't just be discouraged.
it should be eradicated.
8) And then there's the most holy thing of them all: democracy!
Pandemin har möjliggjort för regeringar med auktoritära tendenser med pandemin som ursäkt, att införa hårdare restriktioner, att tysta ner opposition och regimkritiker på ett sätt som berättigas lättare under en pandemi. … Pandemin har använts som en ursäkt för att begränsa demokratin.
To prove this point, we see footage from demonstrations in Europe, Germany, France, the Netherlands (I think!) where opponents of lockdowns, many of them incited by anti-vaxxers or Trump's insane ideas, have waged war on governments to get rid of lockdowns and restrictions. I didn't see any of the Swedish flags wielded by German Covid-deniers in honor of the Swedish strategy, but I could be wrong. I also didn't hear anybody mention the Swedish restrictions of the size of demonstrations, one of the things that made it possible for ordinary Swedes to spit on people in Sweden who were demonstrating against the lax recommendations.
På Göteborgs universitet finns ett stort demokratiforskningsinstitut, förkortat V-dem. … De har sett att corona-bekämpniningen hotar mänskliga rättigheter. … Frankrike, Italien … Det påminner om Chile efter Pinochets kup. … Rädsla är en väldigt farlig kraft. Det vet vi från 1930 talet. Och de oroar mig mycket.
Well, if that's the case, Sweden must be right! Proper and effective restrictions are obviously anti-democratic. And so is the fear of a fairly lethal and debilitating disease.
What democracy needs instead is a guy like Anders Tegnell who can calm people down, tell them that there is nothing to worry about: The pandemic will never get to Sweden, and if it does, it's no worse than the flu, and the Swedish elderly are so fit that the virus won't kill them like it did in primitive countries like Italy.
And it will disappear in April, like magic ... No, wait! That wasn't Tegnell. That was the other staunch defender of democracy, freedom and human rights on the other side of the Atlantic, wasn't it?!