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Sweden was right

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It turns out all the panic mongers were wrong. Lockdowns etc worked worse than the Swedish approach, even without taking into account all the long term damage to life expectancy, educational outcomes, economic prosperity that the authoritarian states incurred.

As of reporting date June 19th 2022, of all the countries analysed by the OECD, Sweden has the lowest overall cumulative excess deaths tally.

And New Zealand took all that pain for long term damage rather than gain.


Written by Whiskey&Pie

November 9, 2022 at 8:03 am

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  1. Yep its a crying shame.

    I looked at the stats very, very early on, and it was there to see as plain as daylight, and I only have Stage 1 maths, and stage 3 stats.

    It was an interesting period for me, I pretended to be a Jew, without , the yellow star, and was persecuted from the aeroclub, down through good friends etc, but I was lucky..I was the boss at work!. For my employees I asked no one their vaccination status, i enforced none of “their ” tyrannical rules, and can hold my head high. I am personally proud of what I achieved.

    It is simply a reflection of how far NZ has fallen. Poorly educated , poorly led, relying on sports to keep the masses entertained.

    It was a golden opportunity for an opposition party National and Act, but squandered in mediocity and fear.

    Luxon and Seymour, the Chamberlain’s of our time to Jacinda’s Stalin.


    November 9, 2022 at 8:52 am

  2. I think those deaths-per-million are wrong, in that they may be calculated on the basis of “died from Covid” rather than the original “died with Covid”, and while I always wanted the former, the fact is I also want these people to be held to the standard they insisted upon until the death totals became inconvenient to their propaganda.

    Worldometer continues to count deaths using the original standard so that an apples-to-apples comparison can be made across time and nations, and their data (click on the Oceania tab) has as follows:

    Deaths – New Zealand (3,144), Australia (15,792)

    Deaths per million – New Zealand (642). Australia (606)

    We’re now somewhat over 2000 deaths using the “new” counting basis.

    Tom Hunter

    November 9, 2022 at 10:03 am

  3. Some blasts from the past in late 2020:

    NZ is not going to go for herd immunity….Sweden has a population that is double that of NZ, and has has had almost 5,800 deaths. So ok the ratio …. in NZ, … is 2,900. Maybe 10% of the voters could be convinced of that. But no more.

    2,900 Covid deaths. Imagine that. And as epidemiologists have noted, herd immunity is where you always end up anyway, it’s just a question of whether you get there by natural infection or by that plus vaccination – not that these vaccines actually provided immunity in the end.

    If Ardern’s government had saddled us with 2800 dead and ongoing restrictions, you and National would be shouting about incompetence and it would be much harder to disagree with you than it is now.

    Tom Hunter

    November 9, 2022 at 10:40 am

  4. Reblogged this on Utopia, you are standing in it!.

    Jim Rose

    November 9, 2022 at 11:18 am

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