We’ve been writing about Sweden since early April. At the time when the rest of the world was in a complete shutdown, the tiny Scandinavian country was the only country that kept all its businesses, schools, and economy open. Instead of following China’s lockdown approach, Swedish health officials took proper safety measures to keep its people safe.
Fast forward six months later, Sweden proves the experts wrong, and Sweden has returned back to normal life as coronavirus cases surge across Europe, even with no face mask and no lockdown.
Today, in a response to a tweet about the “Great Barrington Declaration,” Musk responded with a tweet saying”Sweden was right.” The Great Barrington Declaration is a proposal, written and signed at the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on 4 October 2020 addressing the response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The strategy proposed in the Great Barrington declaration can be found in a letter signed by an international group of scientists that provides ideas for how to combat the pandemic. In the letter, the scientists call on governments around the world to abandon strategies that suppress the virus until we can better cope – through working test-and-trace programmes, new treatments, vaccines and more – for the radically different approach.
The declaration was authored by Sunetra Gupta of the University of Oxford, Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University, and Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University. Cosignatories, across disciplines ranging from epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health, through psychiatry and self-harm, to finance and human geography, include Sucharit Bhakdi, Angus Dalgleish, Mike Hulme, Michael Levitt, Jonas Ludvigsson, Yaz Gülnur Muradoğlu, David Katz, and Karol Sikora.
Sweden was right pic.twitter.com/bzc2lFDjZQ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 10, 2020