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Why Sweden succeeded in flattening the COVID-19 curve and Quebec failed

Sweden never locked down its economy, yet it succeeded in “flattening the curve,” whereas severe lockdowns in New York, as in Quebec, did not.

The reason: It was never about lockdowns, but about targeted policies to protect the elderly and the tiny percent who are immunocompromised. This means you can keep businesses and schools open, as long as you protect the elderly and at-risk.

Dr. John Ioannidis, a Stanford epidemiologist, and Dr. Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s top infectious disease expert, have warned us for months about indiscriminate lockdowns that fail to protect the most vulnerable yet cause widespread economic and social havoc.

With talk now of a “second wave,” it’s important to remember that when you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. Targeted policies are the solution to this or any other pandemic—not generalized, severe, and ultimately reckless lockdowns.

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