Sweden giving up on contact tracing (already)
This is incredible, and not in a good way. No wonder the NY Times called them ‘pariah’!
‘There are so many to test that we can’t keep up.’ The patients themselves are told that they must carry out the contact-tracing themselves. And there’s already at least one region where they’re not even bothering to follow up on it.
Some medical students and retired physicians have been recruited to contact those who test positive, but contacting their contacts – their friends, families, colleagues from work – the patients themselves are told to do this.
Disaster looms. For real.
They haven’t even begun and already they’re giving up?
This can hurt Europe and beyond. Sweden’s (in)famous ‘image’ is no more – this is disastrous.
Their stated goal is herd immunity. When their hospitals are overrun you can say its disastrous. Until that happens, they are just testing a different hypothesis.
Contract tracing is something you do before it is a pandemic or if the disease is hard to spread like HIV.
Most of the world is past the point where contract tracing makes sense. Better to put that money toward helping people build their terrain (Vit D, zinc, vit C).