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The twisty tale of Dr Tegnell

The rockstar epidemiologist is leading Sweden through a great Covid experiment. Six months in, is it paying off?

By Richard Orange   November 2020

Beachgoers in Lomma, Sweden, this August. Was the country’s lax lockdown inspired or foolhardy? Photo: IBL/Shutterstock

If you look back at what Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said in March, it’s interesting to see how much he got right. Lockdowns, he said, could only be kept in place “for a very limited amount of time before people get tired,” so should be reserved for when you really need them. Closing schools, he warned, would damage not just children but the functioning of society, by keeping parents at home.…

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