Despite Sweden mirroring other countries on the continent with rising coronavirus infections, the government has held firm in refusing to lockdown its population, weighing the untold misery and health impacts of isolation against the threat of COVID-19.
"The elderly, they said, have suffered enough," writes Fraser Nelson.
"They have spent months being advised to avoid public transport, shopping malls and other parts of everyday life. And the result? Loneliness. Misery. This is more than unpleasant: it quickly translates into depression, mental health issues and mortality.
"We cannot only think about infection control," said Lena Hallengren, Sweden's health minister, "we also need to think about public health."
An important distinction: "focus on Covid to the exclusion of other conditions and you risk lives."
Hallengren's 21 page report also uncovered a "decline in mental health" that was "likely to worsen the longer the recommendations remain in place," leading officials to lift lockdown restrictions that previously applied to over-70s.
After deciding to take a "herd immunity" approach to COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic, Sweden was roundly condemned for not following the harsh lockdowns imposed by virtually every other major European country.