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Sweden, and other unhappy endings about Covid-19 ‘immunity’


Sweden, and other unhappy endings about Covid-19 ‘immunity’

Several data sets emerged last week to suggest that the human body does not acquire immunity after the virus

Senior science reporter

It was the gamble of a century: Sweden opted for a soft lockdown in the hope (and belief) that the biggest pandemic since the 1918 flu could be met with herd immunity.

The country’s approach was highly controversial, and the government has since distanced itself from the concept of herd immunity, claiming that had not been its approach.

As other countries snapped shut into lockdown, Sweden kept schools, restaurants and other social spaces open, relying instead on the belief that its citizens would voluntarily stick to the protocols of social distancing...

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