Although the spread of the new coronavirus is increasing, Swedish health officials are swimming for mandates that require them in some public spaces, according to reports.
“We do not see that we are at a point where we can recommend general use of face masks on public transport,” Karin Tegmark Wisell, head of the public health agency in Stockholm, told reporters on Thursday, according to Bloomberg. “Face masks should not be used as an excuse for not keeping your distance.”
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The position is in direct conflict with a statement from the Swedish Academy of Sciences, which was issued the same day.
Experts said adequate ventilation and face masks are “important measures”
Staffan Normark, professor of microbiology and chairman of the expert group, cited new evidence that face masks reduce the risk of airborne infection, or in other words, when small, virus-laden particles remain suspended in the air with the potential for infection if inhaled.
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“It is equally important to follow the recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency,” the statement continued. “But to quickly reduce the infection, we need to use all the tools in the toolbox, and that includes [face] protection and ventilation. ”
There have been 201,055 total infections in Sweden and more than 6,300 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University, which ahs has tracked infections global infections and deaths. Over the past month, Sweden has registered more than 94,000 new cases, according to Johns Hopkins.
As much of the world bounced quietly as the new coronavirus took hold in early spring, Sweden controversially adopted a different approach in an attempt to balance the health crisis by saving its economy.
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The country’s government “deviated from the prevailing wisdom” and did not impose widespread lockdowns, did not close schools and restaurants and did not restrict people’s movements, Doug Badger, a guest at The Heritage Foundation, told Fox News.
The government’s approach was also centered on empowering citizens to use sensible approaches to evade the super-spreader and to issue advice – as opposed to decrees – on issues such as social distance and limiting mass gatherings. Schools never completely closed, they were open to those under 16, and gyms, bars and restaurants remained open.
Fox News’ Hollie McKay contributed to this report.
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