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

Lindström, Martin LU (2020) In SSM - Population Health 11.
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.

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Corona virus, COVID-19, Evidence-based medicine, Herd immunity, Individual responsibility, Pandemic, Post-materialism, Postmodernism, Sweden, Swedish strategy
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SSM - Population Health
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11
article number
100643
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Elsevier Limited
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  • scopus:85089352474
  • pmid:32885019
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2352-8273
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10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100643
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English
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