Sweden’s state epidemiologist: It’s difficult to shield nursing homes from coronavirus

Anders TegnellPhoto: Janerik Henriksson / NYHETSBYRÅN / NTB

Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell says it was more difficult than expected to prevent coronavirus from entering nursing homes when the second wave hit the country.

Ahead of the second wave this autumn, the Public Health Authority believed that the measures in elderly care would reduce the spread of infection and the number of deaths.

But according to the National Board of Health and Welfare, deaths in nursing homes accounted for an equal share in the second wave as in the first, Swedish Radio Ekot reports.

“We were not as better as we had hoped and thought. And above all, it was probably much more difficult to prevent the virus from entering nursing homes than anyone had thought,” Tegnell said.

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1 Comment on "Sweden’s state epidemiologist: It’s difficult to shield nursing homes from coronavirus"

  1. In many European Union countries, a complete lockdown in all nursing homes! No families& visitors! only carers! for more than a year! They were able to contain the spread of the infection/virus! I disagree with Tegnell, he should just admit he made a big mistake/calculation from day one! I salute the King of Sweden for saying this! he was sorry! Lives could have been saved!

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