Lessons from Scandinavia

Someone tried to make an argument to me today that Sweden wasn’t really having any problems with their very relaxed approach and the US should do the same. I knew that was really bad information so I decided to make a quick comparison of cases and deaths among the Scandinavian countries with two months of data.

Note that the first cases started roughly the same time. The left axis is the number of cases and is the solid lines for each country, the right axis is the number of deaths and is the dotted line for each country. For ease of comparison, each country has their own color for cases/deaths.

One important thing to note is that there is about a three week lag between the onset of symptoms and hospital discharge. That means that Sweden is only just getting started with the misery that is going to fall on them.


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