This book considers Sweden’s pandemic management which differed so significantly from much of the rest of the world: it provoked intense and wide-reaching interest, curiosity and criticism. Trans-disciplinary Swedish authors from the humanities, life sciences, social sciences, and cultural studies use a variety of tools to mine deeper into some of the central elements and dimensions in their country’s pandemic management such as understandings of freedom, the execution of power, denialism, exceptionalism, patriotism, the role of expertise and trust in the national state to give a deeper understanding of Sweden’s decisions, failures, successes, and the lessons to be learned.

Aimed at readers with interest in global health and politics it will also be of interest in disciplines such as virology, epidemiology, history, cultural studies, ethics, media studies, medicine and economics.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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chapter 1|35 pages

In the rupture between this and another world to come

Introductory remarks on pandemic emergency and Sweden's response
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chapter 2|32 pages

A timeline of events

December 2019 to February 2022
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chapter 3|15 pages

On the virology of SARS-CoV-2 and an expert authority without real experts

Was there a deliberate disinformation from the Public Health Agency of Sweden on the SARS-CoV-2 infection's spread in the population?
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chapter 4|16 pages

The Covid-19 pandemic and the Swedish strategy

Central aspects of the strategy in relation to evidence and evidence-based medicine criteria
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chapter 5|21 pages

The Swedish Covid-19 response

From poorly judged utilitarianism to history revisionism and the tragedy of the commons
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chapter 6|42 pages

Learning from failure

Mastering a pandemic in the triad of science, politics and trust
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chapter 7|22 pages

Epidemiology and Covid-19

Why numbers are important and can be misleading
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chapter 11|20 pages

Collaborators, supporters, and science judges

How trust in the Public Health Agency's messaging was achieved
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chapter 12|18 pages

Sweden unmasked

Reading state and society through the pandemic
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