As someone born and raised in Sweden I understand the thinking behind the Swedish methods of trying to deal with the virus. However, their approach frustrates me. Although many Swedes follow the guidelines, far too many do not. Ikea and building centers are busier than usual. Hairdressers work without wearing masks, gyms are open (although only for classes where participants are six feet apart). But people move about pretty much as usual.

Sweden's trust in the system (in this case one particular expert) is what frustrates me the most. Although some question the Swedish approach, too many do not. And when asked to respond to the statistics, some Swedes blame the difference on the way countries such as Spain and Italy choose to exclude many of the COVID19 cases in their statistics. Probably true but it does not change the facts that too many Swedes fail to take the gentle suggestions from their government seriously.

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