The idiotic Adam Creighton, who has seemingly been banished from Australia to the US by his Murdoch bosses, put out a Tweet stating:
“’Guess which developed country had the lowest excess mortality between 2020 and 2022: Sweden, which refused to close shops or schools or to impose a mask mandate’.
If that’s true, the humiliation of Team Lockdown is as complete as it is profound.”1
The included quote comes from the Washington Examiner, a very, very conservative newspaper2, for which Creighton provides a link.
Creighton’s idiocy has been the source of amazement here before, firstly, when he pretended he was an epidemiologist3, and then by stating that the overturning of Roe v Wade would infuriate the “authoritarian elitists”4. The irony that the overturning of this would allow a bunch of elite conservative blokes who are in Congress or state legislatures in the US to exert authority over women’s bodies is clearly lost on him.
Now he has gone beyond his previously demonstrated idiocy, in relaying a conservative claim that Sweden has the lowest excess mortality rate among developed countries, and by implication its refusal to shut down shops, schools and impose mask mandates led to fewer deaths from Covid-19. This is a lie.
So far, Australia has had 16,401 die from Covid-19, and that number is increasing by between 100-200 per week5. We have a population of just over 26 million, so that means we have lost about 630 people for every million people. Sweden, on the other hand, has had 21,332 people die from Covid-19. Given that Sweden has a population of just over 10,200,000, that comes to about 2,080 per million population; over three times the death rate in Australia6.
So, for Creighton to state that “Team Lockdown” have been humiliated is simply idiotic. The lockdowns worked well. However, that is not his point. What he is trying to do is to sow doubt in the minds of cookers and other nutters that the lockdowns were necessary to save lives. This is what Murdoch’s ruperters did all throughout lockdowns in 2020, especially in Victoria, which had a Labor government. Research has shown that in the US, lockdowns in the early part of the pandemic, prior to the widespread availability of vaccines, may have saved between 800,000 and 1.5 million lives7. Modelling by the University of Sydney has estimated that Australia’s early response to Covid-19, including lockdowns, may have saved as many as 16,000 lives8.
In his Tweet, Creighton effectively asks if this assertion from the Washington Examiner is true. This makes it clear how significant his limitations as a ‘journalist’ are, as that information is readily available online. It took me a couple of minutes to find it, and clearly shows that Creighton is not interested in facts, just lies, to try to inflame the cookers and to deflect blame from the bastardry exhibited by the Murdoch media during the first two years of the pandemic and subsequently.