Sweden has largely kept its coronavirus guidelines voluntary in contrast with the U.S. and many European nations. After scaling for population, Sweden’s total COVID-19 deaths are lower than some major European countries, data show. Sweden was criticized for its methods, and a large number of elderly Swedes died early on, Science Mag reported.
Sweden hasn’t employed many of the coronavirus restrictions seen in around the world, but the Nordic country has less deaths than some major European countries when scaled for population.
Sweden largely rejected the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s recommendations in early April, which included face mask use by the general public and social distancing. Sweden’s public health authorities decried the guidelines in an email and chose their own path, according to Science Mag.
Sweden refused to close daycares and grade schools, and in May had a concert gathering of over 30,000 people, according to Science Mag. The vast majority of the country’s guidelines have been described as voluntary, McGill’s Office for Science and Society reported.
The Nordic country has had around 101,300 total cases and roughly 5,900 deaths as of Wednesday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University.