Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said at a press conference on Wednesday that it is not “fatal” whether or not the third wave exists. At the same time, the incidence curve is moving upward again after two weeks without change.
The mutant variants take up more and more space and whether or not the vaccine provides protection against them.
It may be even more problematic now that the more contagious species have begun to establish themselves in Sweden. It probably wouldn’t make the situation more favorable, so I think it will be a struggle, says Joasim Ruklof, an epidemiologist and professor in the Department of Public Health at Umeå University.
But is the third wave here?
You can say it somehow, because the curve has shifted considering mutations, this is ominous. New variants cause more serious disease.
The World Health Organization warned on Thursday that the British mutation was contagious and was causing more severe symptoms.
Elg: “Very worried.”
At the same time, the government has made it possible for the Swedish Public Health Agency to set operating hours for all restaurants locally or nationally. Even bars, cafes and restaurants. But Rockloff believes the increased restrictions came too late.
There is a high prevalence of infection in Sweden, so it is definitely too late. If we acted early in Sweden, in the new year, we might be able to limit the new variants.
Frederick Elg, professor and chief physician in the Department of Clinical Microbiology at Umeå University, is also convinced that the third wave exists and this is what makes him anxious.
You don’t want to get it in the rest of the country because it’s about to happen in Västerbotten. There is so much contagion that it can be difficult to manage healthcare and other community functions if we don’t deal with the rapid increase.
In a final race
Frederick Elg also believes that it is very important for Sweden to keep the spread of infection low in the final race the world is going through before the vaccine gives the full effect.
We have to understand as much as possible, and I want to see more clarity. For example, I was very surprised that the government didn’t mention mouth protection once during the press conference on Wednesday. There is more to it that talks about protecting the mouth than the stale anecdotes of protecting the mouth