Covid-19 In Florida As Early As December Or January, And A New Interview With Sweden’s State Epidemiologist Dr. Anders Tegnell

This is from the Miami Herald:

At least 26 people who contracted COVID-19 started showing symptoms in late December or January — and at least eight of them both had not traveled and did not have contact with another person infected by the virus. The trend continued into February.

Read the full article here.

The following video-interview with Sweden’s leading epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, covers, among other things:

– Sweden approached this pandemic like other pandemics

– Their hospital system was never overloaded

– Immunity does exist

– Skepticism of masks + contact tracing

– Children are not at risk

“It is quite certain that immunity does exist. And I think there is a lot of proof of that. For all the cases we have had in Sweden, there has not been one single person who had this disease twice…There is no way we would miss a person who had it twice.”

“There is no such evidence whatsoever [that children are spreading the virus at high levels]. We see extremely few cases among children. Among the 15,000-16,000 cases in Sweden, only 200 were among people less than 20 years of age…. And then people say, ‘OK, children still have the disease but don’t get very sick.’ Children do have the virus now and then. But there is very little evidence that this spreads the virus from children to adults.”

“[At] no time during this pandemic in Sweden where we have had less than 20 percent of the beds free. And then beds are really beds, they are beds with staff, facilities, everything in place.”

“We started out using the methods that we always use in public health. Having sort of a conversation with the public, putting a lot of trust in the public and giving a little responsibility to the individuals.”

Finally, author and scientist Matt Ridley, whom I’ve long admired, confirms what a few have been saying for some time: lockdowns were based on a lot of guesswork, and augmented immunity (i.e. herd immunity) does NOT necessarily require 60-plus percent of the population be exposed: more like 20 or 30 percent.

Link.