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The COVID-19 pandemic and the Swedish strategy: Epidemiology and postmodernism.

Authors
  • Lindström, Martin1
  • 1 Social Medicine and Health Policy, Department of Clinical Sciences in Malmö, Lund University, S-205 02, Malmö, Sweden. , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
SSM - population health
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2020
Volume
11
Pages
100643–100643
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100643
PMID: 32885019
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The aim is to outline the underlying epidemiological thinking and mentality in post-materialist and postmodern Sweden behind the Swedish strategy. The aim is not to investigate the handling of the pandemic in Sweden in the long-run. Overconfidence in herd immunity, overconfidence in individual responsibility in a pandemic needing community-centered approaches, overconfidence in evidence-based medicine and neglect to coordinate with the WHO and other countries may be associated with post-materialist values and postmodernism including opposition against modern authority, rationality and science, and also an anti-traditionalist stance towards older generations. COVID-19 epidemiology and postmodernism may be a dangerous combination. © 2020 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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