One of Sweden’s top disease experts, Dr. Anders Tegnell, is not a fan of face masks. Tegnell, the state epidemiologist of Sweden, says wearing face masks could lull the public into a false sense of security about protection from COVID-19. He has also said the evidence about how well face masks work is “astonishingly weak.”
Said Tegnell, who has been tagged as the Swedish equivalent of U.S. COVID-19 task-force guru Dr. Anthony Fauci:
“It is very dangerous to believe face masks would change the game when it comes to COVID-19…. Face masks can be a complement to other things when other things are safely in place. But to start with having face masks and then think you can crowd your buses or your shopping malls—that’s definitely a mistake.”
Because new cases of the coronavirus are down in Sweden, he doesn’t think the Swedes need to wear one, even on public transportation. Tegnell points to rising virus rates in Belgium and Spain, where mask use has been heavy.
Early in the pandemic, Tegnell was accused of seeking national herd immunity, because he said schools should stay open. He claims he said herd immunity could be a possible positive effect of keeping schools open, not that he was actively seeking it.
Sweden kept schools open for children under age 16, banned gatherings of 50 or more, promoted working from home, and kept stores, bars, restaurants and gyms open.
On a scale where 0 is the lowest and 5 is the highest, Real Healthy News gives Dr. Tegnell 4 masks, for looking for evidence, speaking his mind and not bowing to the press.
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