It’s a staggering degree of arrogance on the part of Tegnell and his supporters, really.
Sweden’s novel “approach” was based on the assumption that there would be heard immunity without regard to the fact that there may be no immunity. Well, okay, I can accept that even good health agencies occasionally make errors in judgment - even significant ones.
But when Sweden’s government doubles down in the face of criticism to the point where they’re not even willing to accept that maybe Asian countries have a point with wearing masks, we’re no longer talking about a mistake; we’re seeing institutional and culturally-ingrained arrogance, and heaps of it.
That’s one point that I’ve been trying to get across to DSeid. Sweden’s “approach” isn’t an approach – at all. Sweden’s response defies most public health conventions, which would be fine if they had the science - and more importantly the results to date - to back themselves up, but they don’t. Their response is nothing more than a bunch of unjustified hunches intertwined with cultural biases and exceptionalism.