Sweden's coronavirus strategy faces some backlash

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 4:15pm


No lockdown, no quarantines, just common sense and a big dose of hope. That’s the prescription to combat the spread of the coronavirus in Sweden. The Swedish government has left it up to individuals to decide whether to stay home or venture out. Schools and restaurants remain open. But as the number of cases and deaths continue to rise in Sweden, its strategy is getting some backlash — including from neighboring countries. Epidemiologist Johan Giesecke is an advisor to the World Health Organization and a senior professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.