Covid-19: Sweden’s herd immunity gamble

The key to #Sweden’s decision to buck the trend in Europe and completely forego confinement has been high confidence in public health authorities, Aftonbladet reporter Johanna Fränden tells The #WorldThisWeek.
But what a high cost for the elderly as #Covid_19 tears through nursing homes.
It’s still unproven that herd immunity works, warns The Daily Beast foreign editor Christopher Dickey.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

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  • In This Story: France

    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

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  • Pope visits Iraqi Christian city of Qaraqosh, rebuilding after jihadist rule
  • Swiss vote on proposal to ban full-face veils in public places
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  • In This Story: Sweden

    Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, royal palaces and museums such as open-air Skansen.

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