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Inga-Lill Bengtsson: ”Draughty houses with rats sliding all over the kitchen floor”

The feeling after the first vaccination was of both happiness and relief. It has taken time, and still does, to produce a vaccine. But in Sweden nobody is left out.
Inga-Lill Bengtsson, editor Kb Mosaik.
Inga-Lill Bengtsson, editor Kb Mosaik.
Foto: Lasse Ottosson
Detta är en personligt skriven text i mosaik.kristianstadsbladet. Åsikter som uttrycks är skribentens egna.

"The figures speak for themselves. On 1st June 1,750 people in Skåne with confirmed covid-19 had died"

There has been a debate about whether the vaccine really does any good, or that it can be extremely dangerous. And there are also people who maintain that the corona virus is nothing to worry about. The figures speak for themselves. On 1st June 1,750 people in Skåne with confirmed covid-19 had died. In Sweden as a whole the figure is over 14,000.

The Swedish strategy for getting to grips with the pandemic can be criticised and questioned. And having a debate on how Region Skåne organised vaccination is a good thing. That's how a democracy works. It should be able to stand up to that. But putting forward facts that are untrue or taken out of their context is dangerous.

If, for example, you read texts on the social media it can be difficult to know the source, and it can be hard to distinguish between opinions and facts.

That is why an article in the ”Ämnesläraren journal” is important. It takes up the fact that 15-year-olds have difficulty in knowing the difference between facts and opinions. Not even half of all 15-year-olds (47 per cent) in OECD-countries could differentiate facts from opinions. Sweden's figure is slightly better, just over 50 per cent. Top of the list is USA, with 70 per cent.

"The flats in the Ringen area in Hanaskog are in a bad state of repair. A lot of new arrivals and asylum-seekers live there"

The article refers to the recent report ”Developing Literary Skills in a Digital World”. In it data from the latest Pisa study from 2018 has been processed.

As late as the 1950's Kristianstad had the worst slum housing in Sweden, right in the middle of the town. Kenth Olsson writes about it on page 12. ABK was formed to deal with the slums. Thank goodness no-one nowadays lives in draughty housing with rats sliding all over the kitchen floor. But the flats in the Ringen area in Hanaskog are in a bad state of repair. A lot of new arrivals and asylum-seekers live there.

Now the pressure is off, there are plenty of times for vaccination in Skåne. The next age-group, the 45 - 49-year-olds, can start making their appointments.
Now the pressure is off, there are plenty of times for vaccination in Skåne. The next age-group, the 45 - 49-year-olds, can start making their appointments.
Foto: TOBIAS RÖSTLUND / SCANPIX

All 111 flats are to be pulled down within five years. Kb Mosaik has spoken to some of the tenants who are worried about where they are to go. Hafiza Kadour works in a nursery school in Broby.

– But my son has his friends here, he doesn't want to move, she says. Read more on page 15.

The infection rate has dropped in all regions except Norrbotten. Over recent weeks there has been a substantial fall in the number of covid patients in hospital.At the same time more and more people in Skåne have been vaccinated.

"It all happened so suddenly, we had to blink to get accustomed to it"

Can we get back the daily life we liked so much in September? The government has begun to lift restrictions. But if it is to be successful, we must still be cautious.

For it's like this: Even if you have been vaccinated, you can still infect other people who have not been vaccinated. Perhaps their doctor has advised them not to be vaccinated, or perhaps it is their own decision. Nonetheless we can all help to limit the infection. This benefits everyone.

Summer has arrived. Now we can go barefoot, let the sand run between our toes and enjoy how fresh and green everything is. It all happened so suddenly, we had to blink to get accustomed to it.

Wonderful. But it can be short-lived.