There has been a lot of negative press for months about Sweden’s strategy for handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Other than cancelling large events, they effectively did nothing. They didn’t shut down businesses. They didn’t shut down schools. They didn’t initiate face mask or social distancing mandates. They made strong recommendations but essentially left it up to individuals and private businesses to take precautions as they saw fit, or not at all.
The press we hear is that Sweden’s 5,783 coronavirus deaths as of August 14 makes their death rate higher than most nations. This is true. But when we consider their lockdown procedures were non-existent, one would expect their death rate to be by far the highest. In fact, their death rate is lower than nations such as Italy which initiated one of the first lockdowns in the world. And therein lies a clue to the mistake Sweden made.
Of the 5,783 deaths, how many do you think were of people under the age of 40-years-old? 20%? 10%? No. Not even close. In Sweden, 26 people under the age of 40-years-old have died from COVID-19. That means less than one-half of one percent of the deaths associated with the coronavirus were of people younger than middle age. What’s more is that they have now essentially flattened the curve completely to the point that they often report zero deaths on any given day.
The reason for this is the same reason New York numbers are getting better. They were so heavily infected, they were able to achieve between 20-25% antibody levels. This is not “herd immunity” which most experts put at around 60% or higher, but it’s a very important number as it pertains to this particular virus. Why? Because COVID-19 is such a weak infection for younger people that many are able to defeat it before antibodies are even necessary. This is why many test positive and never even have symptoms.
The big mistake Sweden made was to not initiate protocols for the elderly. Just like New York and Governor Cuomo’s lame handling of nursing homes, so too did Sweden not protect their elderly. They could have kept nearly all business going as usual while still keeping the elderly locked down. Doing could have yielded a much lower death rate.
To the leftist teachers with irrational fears of COVID-19 and their students, look at Sweden.
They didn't close schools.
They often didn't wear masks.
Business as usual.
TOTAL school-aged COVID-19 deaths: 1.
Stop playing politics and do your jobs.
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) August 17, 2020
This episode of Conservative News Briefs was actually prompted by a friendly debate I had with two leftist podcasters. I won’t mention them yet because the podcast hasn’t been released but they, too, brought up the facts about Sweden that support their claim while ignoring the all-important number of deaths for those who are not elderly.
There’s a reason media and leftists cherry pick numbers about Sweden. Even a quick glance at the breakdown of deaths reveals a truth about the coronavirus that goes against the established narrative. It’s time to open up completely right now.
Patriots stepping up to save independent media from COVID-19 woes
We were on the verge of a disastrous end, but you guys have been stepping up big time. We’re almost there.
This year has been a roller-coaster ride for tens of millions of Americans. We’ve experienced the hardest economic downturn in history thanks to the coronavirus lockdowns and many are still trying to recover. We’re among them. Despite record-breaking surges in traffic, our revenue has fallen dramatically. It’s strange knowing that we’re working harder and getting the truth out to more people, yet revenue on the site plummeted.
We have called on our patriotic readers and podcast listeners to pitch in what they can to help. The outpouring of support has been tremendous and extremely humbling. As a conservative, I have a hard time “begging” for funds to keep our news outlet running, but COVID-19 lockdowns and subsequent reduction of revenues have made it necessary. Nevertheless, the last month has shown us that patriots appreciate pro-American news as a contrast to the anti-American mainstream media outlets spreading lies incessantly.
We asked for help and you guys have been delivering. We raised over $3200, enough to keep us going for the rest of August and part of September! I cannot stress how much of a blessing this has been for not only NOQ Report as an organization but also for my family. This isn’t a hobby; we operate NOQ Report and all of the podcasts associated with it as a more-than-full-time job. Every day we’re producing tons of content and spreading the truth that mainstream media refuses to report. Even when they do report it, they do so with a leftist slant while pretending to be unbiased. We do not use subterfuge. We are unabashedly conservative in our opinion but the news we report is factual. It all comes from a conservative, America First perspective, but we do not lie.
This isn’t about propaganda. If it were, we would be no better than the mainstream media outlets we abhor. Instead, we focus on the truth because we know that being honest gives us credibility. Besides, conservatives almost always have the truth on our side.
The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We need approximately $8,300 to stay afloat for the rest of 2020, but more would be wonderful and any amount that brings us closer to our goal is greatly appreciated.
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One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
Those who have the means, PLEASE consider donating. We have the standard Giving Fuel option and people can donate through PayPal. We are also diving into what we believe is extremely disruptive technology at LetsGo.finance, the world’s first major donation portal for crypto. I’ll be talking a lot more about them in the near future. Those who prefer Bitcoin can send to my address here: 3A1ELVhGgrwrypwTJhPwnaTVGmuqyQrMB8
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