Proponents of lockdowns have seized on the large number of deaths in Stockholm’s nursing homes to criticize Sweden for not shutting down its economy. But it’s doubtful that a lockdown would have made much difference. Residents in nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to infection, as Chris Pope has explained in City Journal, because they live in a group setting and require so much hands-on care from health-care workers who are treating other people. They also typically suffer from other chronic illnesses that make them likely to die in less than a year once they enter a nursing home in Stockholm, as Charlotta Stern and Daniel Klein calculate. The researchers conclude:
Most Covid-19 victims had already been in the nursing home for some time. The disease tends to strike down the most vulnerable, and the disease takes some time. From all considerations, it is reasonable to say that those who died of Covid-19 in Stockholm’s nursing homes had a life-remaining median somewhere in the range of 5 to 9 months. . . .
The overall number of deaths of people in nursing homes in Sweden has not, in fact, been much elevated, compared to recent years.
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In Stockholm, where the real dying has occurred, 55% of the care home workers are foreign immigrants.
Stockholm has been ground zero for the outbreak with more deaths than the rest of the country combined. And half of those deaths took place in care homes making for a very troubling pattern.
In an interview, Johan Giesecke, Sweden’s former Chief Epidemologist and Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), let slip the formerly unspeakable.
Giesecke noted that, “many of the people working in nursing homes are from other countries, they’re refugees or asylum seekers and may not have been aware of what precautions they should be taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”
Somalis represented 40% of the coronavirus deaths in Stockholm and 18% of the death toll in Sweden.
Somalis, Iraqis, Syrians, and Afghans are significantly overrepresented among the ranks of coronavirus cases in Sweden.
Rinkeby, Stockholm, a no-go area for non-Muslims had over twice the coronavirus deaths as the rest of Stockholm.
Some Mosques preach that coronavirus is only meant to kill infidels, not Muslims.
Swedish authorities knew early on that it was more prevalent among certain immigrant groups and yet did nothing to protect the elderly Swedes living in care homes from a migrant care worker population.
Any such steps would have been seen as Islamophobic.
PC killed these older Swedes, not the coronavirus.