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Finland is beating virus, unlike US -- Sinikka Santala

Finland is beating virus, unlike US -- Sinikka Santala


What a difference leadership and unity make in a pandemic.

I follow COVID-19 infection numbers in Wisconsin and in Finland. I now live in Madison but I grew up in Finland and still have many family members and friends there, so I want to know their situation.

Wisconsin and Finland also have roughly the same population. Finnish policies were firmly based on science. The lock down started there in mid-March, as it did here. Finnish citizens were united in following the familiar public health directives that the Centers for Disease Control and Dane County are trying to get citizens to follow here. Opening and easing of the restrictions were done by carefully monitoring the infection numbers. Testing and tracing was steadily expanded and made increasingly accessible.

Recently, the city of Tampere, which has about the same population as Madison, celebrated one month with no new COVID-19 cases. The entire country has had about 30 new infections in the past seven days. Wisconsin had 964 new infections on July 14 alone.

With leadership, reliance on public health science, and political and public unity, other countries have beaten COVID-19. It's time for us to learn from them.

Sinikka Santala, Madison

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