‘It’s been so, so surreal.’ Critics of Sweden’s lax pandemic policies face fierce backlash

| October 23, 2020 | Leave a Comment

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Publication Info: Science

Date of Publication: October 6

Year of Publication: 2020

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Author(s): Gretchen Vogel

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On 5 April, Anders Tegnell, chief epidemiologist for the Swedish public health authority, sent an email to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) expressing concern about proposed new advice that face masks worn in public could slow the spread of the pandemic coronavirus. “We would like to warn against the publication of this advice,” Tegnell wrote. How much people without symptoms contribute to spread was a “question that remains unanswered,” he wrote, and the advice “would also imply that the spread is airborne, which would seriously harm further communication and trust among the population and health care workers.”

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