In Sweden, we are testing like never before, 600000 (!) tests the week ending Jan 23. To a cost of 1100 SEK per test, that is, last week’s testing cost some 660 MSEK….! So for the three first weeks of 2022, we , the taxpayers, have spent some 1.6 Billion SEK… Not bad…! To put this in context : Thus far in the pandemic, we’ve spent a sum corresponding to 1/3 of the Defense budget on Covid tests…. !
For more info on the costs of Covid-testing, in relation to various other things we might have put that money into, see this post (google translate does a decent job for the non-Swedish speakers).
Anyhow, I noticed something quite interesting : until a month ago, the proportion positive tests was about 5%, that is, 5 out of 100 tests were positive. From late December, that proportion started to increase, and is now 42%. Read that again : FORTY-TWO % !
Despite more than 80% of the population now being fully vaccinated Covid is now burning thru Swedish population like a wildfire….!
Does anyone out there still believe in #ZeroCovid, or #FollowTheScience, or #VaccineEfficiency, #Lockdowns, #SocialDistancing or #Booster number n …?
It’s simply a severe case of Human Hübris to believe that we can control a respiratory virus. Evolution is a bitch, and the virus will do what the virus will do, regardless of what our politicians and authorities believe.
Despite the Covid wildfire, there’s no real increase in Covid-ICU’s nor Covid-deaths. Also all cause mortality is very low (and 2021 was second lowest mortality ever).
Judging from my own social contacts, it seems that Covid now is like a very light cold – a day or max two of sneezing, light headache and maybe light fever. Quite a few do not have any symptoms. Before 2020, anyone staying at home with those light symptoms would have been fired….
So, we don’t have a Pandemic anymore. Maybe not even an epidemic. Instead, we have a Testdemic, and a severe pandemic of Long Psychosis, to a humongous cost.