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Social Distancing Policies in the Coronavirus Battle: A Comparison of Denmark and Sweden

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title = "Social Distancing Policies in the Coronavirus Battle: A Comparison of Denmark and Sweden",
abstract = "Social distancing measures have been a key component in government strategies to mitigate COVID-19 globally. Based on official documents, this study aimed to identify, compare and analyse public social distancing policy measures adopted in Denmark and Sweden regarding the coronavirus from 1 March 2020 until 1 October 2020. A key difference was the greater emphasis on laws and executive orders (sticks) in Denmark, which allowed the country to adopt many stricter policy measures than Sweden, which relied mostly on general guidelines and recommendations (sermons). The main policy adopters in Denmark were the government and the Danish Parliament, whereas the Public Health Agency issued most policies in Sweden, reflecting a difference in political governance and administrative structure in the two countries. During the study period, Sweden had noticeably higher rates of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations per 100,000 population than Denmark, yet it is difficult to determine the impact or relative effectiveness of sermons and sticks, particularly with regard to broader and longer-term health, economic and societal effects.",
author = "Ida Seing and {Th{\'o}rn{\'y} Stef{\'a}nsd{\'o}ttir}, Nina and {Wassar Kirk}, Jeanette and Ove Andersen and Tine Tj{\o}rnh{\o}j-Thomsen and Thomas Kallemose and Evert Vedung and Karsten Vrangb{\ae}k and Per Nilsen",
year = "2021",
month = oct,
day = "19",
doi = "10.3390/ijerph182010990",
language = "English",
volume = "18",
pages = "1--16",
journal = "International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health",
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AU - Seing, Ida

AU - Thórný Stefánsdóttir, Nina

AU - Wassar Kirk, Jeanette

AU - Andersen, Ove

AU - Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, Tine

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AU - Vedung, Evert

AU - Vrangbæk, Karsten

AU - Nilsen, Per

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