Bleeping Computer: Swedish Health Agency shuts down SmiNet after hacking attempts

Bleeping Computer: Swedish Health Agency shuts down SmiNet after hacking attempts. “The Swedish Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) has shut down SmiNet, the country’s infectious diseases database, on Thursday after it was targeted in several hacking attempts. SmiNet, which is also used to store electronic reports with statistics on COVID-19 infections, was shut down on Thursday to investigate the attacks and was brought back online on Friday evening.”

Reuters: Internet’s ‘Hide the Pain Harold’ accidentally used by Swedish COVID-19 vaccine website

Reuters: Internet’s ‘Hide the Pain Harold’ accidentally used by Swedish COVID-19 vaccine website. “A health authority in Sweden unwittingly used ‘Hide the Pain Harold’ – one of the internet’s most-recognised figures – as the face of its COVID-19 vaccination booking website, officials said on Tuesday evening, adding the image had now been removed. Harold is actually Hungarian man Andras Arato, who in 2008 and 2009 posed as a model for stock photographs.”

Science: Keeping schools open without masks or quarantines doubled Swedish teachers’ COVID-19 risk

Science: Keeping schools open without masks or quarantines doubled Swedish teachers’ COVID-19 risk. “A careful analysis of health data from Sweden suggests keeping schools open with only minimal precautions in the spring roughly doubled teachers’ risk of being diagnosed with the pandemic coronavirus. Their partners faced a 29% higher risk of becoming infected than partners of teachers who shifted to teaching online. Parents of children in school were 17% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those whose children were in remote learning.” This is important to note, but I think it’s also important to note that I’m not hearing anybody advocate reopening schools in the US without precautions.

‘We need help,’ says Stockholm healthcare chief as COVID fills intensive care wards (Reuters)

Reuters: ‘We need help,’ says Stockholm healthcare chief as COVID fills intensive care wards. “Sweden, which has not opted for the kind of lockdown adopted by many other European nations, has suffered many times more COVID-19 deaths per capita than its Nordic neighbours… Stockholm and the surrounding region are among the areas hardest hit with 2,836 deaths. Infection rates are picking up again after a lull in the summer and autumn, and intensive care wards are now full.”

Reuters: Sweden limits public gatherings as pandemic second wave swells

Reuters: Sweden limits public gatherings as pandemic second wave swells. “The Swedish government on Monday moved to cut the size of public gatherings sharply as it sought to come to grips with a second wave of the pandemic that has seen record daily numbers of new cases and growing pressure on hospitals. Swedes are not sticking to coronavirus recommendations as well as in the spring and public gatherings will now be limited to eight people, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said, down from a previous upper limit of 300.”

Bloomberg: Swedish Covid Expert Says the World Still Doesn’t Understand

Bloomberg: Swedish Covid Expert Says the World Still Doesn’t Understand. “After three months of non-stop controversy, Sweden’s top epidemiologist is about to go on vacation. Anders Tegnell is unlikely to stray far from home, after much of the European Union excluded Sweden from safe travel lists. His decision to advise against a Swedish lockdown has coincided with one of the world’s highest Covid-19 mortality rates. But Tegnell insists Sweden’s strategy remains widely misunderstood.”

Business Insider: Sweden’s ‘herd immunity’ hopes are fading as only a small fraction of the population has coronavirus antibodies

Business Insider: Sweden’s ‘herd immunity’ hopes are fading as only a small fraction of the population has coronavirus antibodies. “Sweden’s soft approach to the coronavirus has resulted in only a small portion of the population developing antibodies to the virus. This means the country appears highly unlikely to tackle the virus by achieving herd immunity. A new study published this week showed that just 6.1% of Sweden’s population had developed coronavirus antibodies by late May, a lower measure than some of its health agency’s earlier models had predicted.”

Bloomberg: Sweden Proves ‘Surprisingly Slow’ in Achieving Herd Immunity

Bloomberg: Sweden Proves ‘Surprisingly Slow’ in Achieving Herd Immunity. “Sweden has made less progress than expected in achieving immunity to the coronavirus, according to its state epidemiologist. After leaving schools, shops and restaurants open throughout the pandemic, contagion rates in Sweden are much higher than anywhere else in the Nordic region. Its Covid-19 mortality rate is among the worst in the world. Scientists have been eager to learn whether the flipside of widespread contagion is a higher level of immunity.”

Fortune: Sweden to drop daily coronavirus briefings as scandal grows over its loose handling of the pandemic

Fortune: Sweden to drop daily coronavirus briefings as scandal grows over its loose handling of the pandemic. “Sweden’s top health authority will drop daily press briefings that had provided updates on the country’s Covid-19 infection rate and death toll. The decision comes amid a furore over Sweden’s strategy to fight the pandemic, after state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell admitted his approach was flawed.”

CNBC: Sweden had no lockdown but its economy is expected to suffer just as badly as its European neighbors

CNBC: Sweden had no lockdown but its economy is expected to suffer just as badly as its European neighbors. “Sweden has attracted global attention for not imposing a full lockdown, as seen in most of Europe, to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, data released from the country’s central bank and a leading Swedish think tank show that the economy will be just as badly hit as its European neighbors, if not worse.”

European Data Protection Board: The Swedish Data Protection Authority imposes administrative fine on Google

European Data Protection Board: The Swedish Data Protection Authority imposes administrative fine on Google. “The Swedish Data Protection Authority imposes a fine of 75 million Swedish kronor (approximately 7 million euro) on Google for failure to comply with the GDPR. Google as a search engine operator has not fulfilled its obligations in respect of the right to request delisting.” 7 million euro is roughly $7.8 million USD.

BBC: Millions of medical calls exposed online

BBC: Millions of medical calls exposed online. “Millions of calls made by Swedes seeking medical advice via a national health service telephone line have been exposed online. Some 2.7 million conversations dating back to 2013 were uncovered by technology news site Computer Sweden on an unencrypted web server. It amounted to 170,000 hours of sensitive calls about symptoms and medications.”