Swedish epidemiologist Anders Tegnell pops up as popular tattoo for Swedes
STOCKHOLM â? Itâs not every day that often the face of the chief epidemiologist can be inked as a tattoo. But then itâs not every state that has tackled the coronavirus pandemic like Sweden.
Anders Tegnell was until the start of crisis an unknown civil stalwart in the Public Health Agency although is just about the face of Swedenâs approach to keep schools, restaurants plus businesses open during the sudden occurence.
Now the 64-year-old possesses name recognition in the streets plus has been immortalized as the tattoo.
âI think he (Tegnell) is like the face outwards during this crisis and for me, I mean, I think heâs doing quite a good job because he has been standing straight in the frontline and heâs just been doing his job great,â said Gustav Lloyd Agerblad, 32, admiring often the image of Tegnellâs face in the arm.
Sweden strategy is actually not to stop the virus although to slow the spread ample for the healthcare system to help cope. It has not recently been according to bans but instead in voluntary measures emphasizing social isolating and good hygiene.
Even though the plan has motivated some skepticism from policy-makers international, around three-quarters of Swedes have got expressed high or very large confidence in the Public Health Agency, a survey from Novus showed this month.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofvenâs popularity possesses also surged and more as compared to six out of 10 individuals have confidence in the governmentâs handling of the crisis.
âI came up with the idea because I believe in our strategy and I believe that the authorities canât make us stay at home,â said tattoo artist Zashay Rissanen Tastas as he inked Tegnellâs face onto Agerblad.
âIf we keep our distance itâs probably going to be fine.â
Still, more than two, 200 people have died involving the virus in Sweden, a lot fewer relative to the size involving the population than in Britain, France and Spain but considerably more than in Denmark and Norway, where authorities have taken the stricter approach. The disparity using its Nordic neighbors has sketched fierce criticism from some Swedish scientists. But as other places are seeking to re-start his or her struggling economies, people have likewise highlighted the benefits of Swedenâs approach.
On the pavements of Stockholm, as in often the tattoo parlor, some passers-by chatted highly of Tegnell.
âEveryone loves him. Absolutely. Thatâs how it is. Heâs very popular,â said Tove Falck-Olsson.
But will it last? âWeâll have to see. Itâs too soon to say, as he himself says, one has to give it some time and weâll see,â the lady said.