- Unlike its neighbors, Sweden did not impose a lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.
- The strategy — aimed at building a broad-base of immunity while protecting at-risk groups like the elderly — has proved controversial.
- But Sweden’s chief epidemiologist has said “herd immunity” could be reached in Stockholm within weeks.
By Holly Ellyatt | 28 April 2020
CNBC — Its neighbors closed borders, schools, bars and businesses as the coronavirus pandemic swept through Europe, but Sweden went against the grain by keeping public life as unrestricted as possible.
The strategy — aimed at allowing some exposure to the virus in order to build immunity among the general population while protecting high-risk groups like the elderly — has been controversial. Some health experts liken it to playing Russian roulette with public health.