Having a public official admit to an error in judgment, especially one with deadly consequences, is completely foreign to an American in 2020. I don’t know how to process it.
It’s ironic that at the very moment the laissez faire attitude of American politicians towards the Floyd protests is leading people here to wonder if we overreacted to the epidemic, Sweden’s top man on fighting coronavirus is claiming that they underreacted. He’s not sure what they should have done differently, he says, but the fact that they had the highest deaths per capita of any country in the world over the past week (5.29 per million, higher than Brazil) suggests that their response has been sub-optimal.
One thing I don’t understand here: If you’re going for a “soft” herd immunity strategy, as Sweden was, you should expect deaths to be front-loaded, no? That is, one would think it’s far too early for Swedish officials to say they could have done better; at a minimum they’d want to wait until fall and see if other western countries are walloped with a second wave from which Sweden is spared.