Sweden bets on “collective immunity” to tackle Coruna … has it succeeded?


Unlike its neighbors, Sweden has not imposed strict closings on shops and the movement of its citizens, to curb the spread of the new Corona virus (Covid 19), and has wagered on what is known as collective immunity or “herd immunity”.

The European country was keen to keep public life as normal as possible, so restaurants and cafes remained open to those who wanted to visit them, and people went out on picnics to the parks, despite the recorded more than 16 thousand confirmed injuries.

The strategy that Sweden has applied in the face of the emerging coronavirus is to protect the elderly and those most vulnerable to the complications caused by the epidemic, but while allowing some outbreaks in public places, so that people acquire immunity against infection, especially since an important proportion of those who develop corona do not show any symptoms.

Commenting on the strategy, Andersen Thijnell, the chief epidemiologist at the Swedish General Health Agency, said that this plan showed that it was effective, stressing that achieving “herd immunity” in the capital, Stockholm, would be within weeks.

The European academic added, in a press statement to CNBC, that most of Sweden and the outskirts of Stockholm had reached a stage of stability.

“We are beginning to see the effects of the herd immunity, and in just a few weeks, we’ll see more results,” Thignell added. In the rest of the country, the situation is stable. ”

The researcher pointed out that the data available to the authorities show that 20 percent of Stockholm’s residents have acquired immunity to the virus, and within weeks it will reach (herd immunity). Therefore, we have noticed a slow decline in the number of new infections in conjunction with an increase in the number of tests.

Thignell acknowledged that the death rate from corona is high in the country (1937 deaths), and the reason for this is transmission of infection to the homes of the elderly, stressing that the responsible authorities are conducting investigations to find out the cause.

Herd immunity is usually achieved through a vaccine, but the latter is currently not available to stem the spread of corona, and scientists believe that “collective immunity” may actually be achieved when 60 percent of the population becomes immunized and immune to infection.

But some researchers doubt this immunity, and say that it may not happen or that it is not long-term, that is, someone who develops a corona and then recovers may get the infection again.


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