Herd-immunity NOT working in Sweden: Study finds just 7% of people in Stockholm had Covid antibodies

Herd-immunity NOT working in Sweden: Study finds just 7% of people in Stockholm had Covid antibodies

Just 7.3 percent of people in Stockholm developed COVID-19 antibodies by late April, a study has found. The Swedish study could fuel concern that a decision not to lock down Sweden against the pandemic may bring little herd immunity in the near future. The strategy was championed by Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who recommended voluntary measures against the virus. Sweden's decision not to institute a mandatory lockdown like other countries in Europe has divided opinion at home and abroad. Sweden's strategy of keeping most schools, restaurants, bars and businesses open exposed it to criticism Death rates ran far higher than in Nordic neighbours, even if much lower than in countries such as Britain, Italy and France that shut down. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Sweden has fallen by a third from the peak in late April and health authorities say the outbreak is slowing. However, Sweden has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths per capita in Europe over the last seven days. The antibody study sought to look into the potential for herd immunity, a situation where enough people in a population have developed immunity to an infection to be able to effectively stop that disease from spreading. The findings were roughly in line with models predicting a third of the Swedish capital's population would have had the virus by now and where at least limited herd immunity could have set in, the Swedish Health Agency said on Wednesday. Tegnell said: 'It is a little bit ...
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