Effects of the Corona virus in Sweden

The Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) is monitoring the development of the Corona virus closely. They consider the risk of infection spreading in Sweden as very high.

The Swedish Government listens carefully to the advice and expertise of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, and are making necessary adjustments almost every day. Their main focus is to stop the Corona virus from spreading.

Measurements so far

At this point mandatory quarantine is not considered to be motivated, according to the Swedish Government. The Public Health Agency describes it as “a powerful measure that is strictly regulated in the Communicable Diseases Act”. However, people who are in need of hospital care are isolated while waiting for test results.

The population as a whole are well and continuously informed and updated on how to avoid spreading and/or catching the Corona virus. At this point, elementary schools and work places stay open, and public transport is running.

Gatherings of 500 people or more are prohibited, while large gatherings and travelling is advised against. Most large events have been cancelled or postponed, and many hotels, restaurants, bars, shops etcetera are (almost) deserted.

Symptoms and incubation time

The main symptoms are respiratory illness, fever and cough. The incubation period is 2–14 days.

Close contacts can spread the virus from person-to-person, but at this moment there’s no indication that the virus spreads via objects, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

What we can do

  • Listen to the experts
  • Wash hands often
  • Use soap and warm water
  • Use alcohol-based hand rub as an alternative (washing your hands should always be the number one precaution)
  • Sneeze and cough into the bend of your elbow
  • Stay at home when you feel sick

For more information in English:

The Public Health Agency of Sweden

World Health Organization

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

For more information in Swedish:

Folkhälsomyndigheten

Utrikesdepartementet

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