Sweden’s Top Infectious Disease Expert: Face Masks May Be ‘Very Dangerous’!
According to Sweden’s top infectious disease expert, resisted recommending face masks for the general population. He argues that it’s “very dangerous” if people believe the coverings alone will stop the spread of the coronavirus. Read on…
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Meanwhile, Anders Tegnell, chief epidemiologist at Sweden’s Public Health Agency, has repeatedly expressed skepticism that face masks will control virus outbreaks, reports the Financial Times.
Tengell, who is considered the country’s equivalent of Dr. Anthony Fauci from the White House COVID-19 task force said:
It is very dangerous to believe face masks would change the game when it comes to COVID-19.
He noted that countries with widespread mask compliance. like Belgium and Spain, were still seeing rising virus rates.
Anders Tegnell added:
Face masks can be a complement to other things when other things are safely in place. But to start with having face masks and then think you can crowd your buses or your shopping malls — that’s definitely a mistake.
Last month, he completely brushed off the prospect of wearing masks:
With numbers diminishing very quickly in Sweden, we see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport.
Tegnell has argued that evidence about the effectiveness of face mask use was “astonishingly weak.”
He told the UK Times:
I’m surprised that we don’t have more or better studies showing what effect masks actually have.
The infectious disease expert has faced backlash after the nation controversially refused to lock down, leading to a higher death rate per capita than neighboring countries that took stricter approaches.
Sweden has recorded at least 85,000 cases, including more than 5,800 fatalities, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.