The Netherlands Is Letting People Get Sick to Beat Coronavirus

As most of the world practices social distancing, the Dutch are trying a different strategy to protect the vulnerable from the coronavirus: They’re aiming for so-called “herd immunity,” or what happens when enough people have survived the illness to effectively slow its spread.
“As we wait for a vaccine or medicine, we can slow down the virus spreading and at the same time build up herd immunity in a controlled manner,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said last week during an update on COVID-19, the contagious respiratory illness caused by the coronvirus.
Like a lot of other world leaders, Rutte is now in the business of calming his citizens down. But he’s also a pragmatist.
“The reality is also that in the coming period a large part of the population will be infected with the virus," he added.
So unlike the Italians or the French, the Dutch are not on lockdown. Schools and restaurants have been told to close, but strict social distancing hasn’t been imposed. People are still hanging out in parks. Even the coffee shops that sell weed are open, though now only for to-go orders.
The owner of one coffee shop in Tilburg, who goes by his nickname Meuk, told VICE News that in times like these, establishments like his are vital because they help people keep calm. But Meuk is still taking precautions.
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    VICE NewsVICE News14 ngày trước

      lofalta -meirlofalta -meir2 ngày trước
    • This is stupid and misleading information. I am dutch and I can tell you these images are not from the last couple of weeks. We are in partial lockdown. Groups of more than 3 are prohibited. Parks are empty and people stay at home as much as possible. Yes, our PM wants group immunity but still keeping social distance so we can protect the elder and vulnerable people. It's a long shot, our government and PM are not perfect.we all know that, but we're still better off than having Donald Trump for a leader.....

      dave gonzodave gonzo6 ngày trước
    • Don't watch anything in this channel. It's all sensationalism. This video is complete BS and most likely other videos in this channel are no different. While the Dutch Prime Minister is kind of the European Donald Trump, i don't think they would just suicide. Dutch Prime Minister only talks BS but this video is no different.

      ZbriuZbriu8 ngày trước
    • This is some real mis information shit. It's on the edge of being fake news. Remove this plz.

      OkiOki8 ngày trước
    • This is the best choise, so your economy wont collapse like the Italian one

      AndypirateAndypirate8 ngày trước
  • Another country's mistake "let's see what happens" we do eventually have to get to normal life, but forget economics and politics. Their model is similar to Canada, but the aim is to not make everyone immune, the aim is to decrease Canadian deaths, innocent lives that's aren't ready. This model helps keep the strain on the health care down and treat people that are showing heavy symptoms - get them quarantined + also isolate all people that have the general symptoms and or have traveled domestically or internationally. There's a huge chance a second wave of a stronger virus, I really don't know increasing more people (%'s) to be out there, just keep it essential and mitigate lives to survive! Where the Netherlands #'s are approaching now?.. You're due to change you model NOW and drastically because it going to start showing in the deaths and a surge in cases. It only works so long until it becomes overwhelming. Netherlands it's time to lockdown now! Don't wait and watch

    Vernon BrownVernon BrownGiờ trước
  • So the west has gone from ignoring asymptomatic infections to ignoring people being reinfected by this. End times, folks.

    JC KornJC KornGiờ trước
  • The covid-19 mortality rate is currently at 3.45 out of 100. Given the Dutch population is 17.5 million, that's a maximum death toll of 600.000. It is a lot, but not as high to be putting the future existence of the Dutch nation at risk. They'll survive.

    Wordsmith TypesalotWordsmith TypesalotGiờ trước
  • Its surely going to fare well for a country of stoners

    Sol CuttaSol Cutta3 giờ trước
  • Looks like the whole country is on Weed.

    anooph123anooph1234 giờ trước
  • this is what gouda looks like during Corona virus

    Ruchi VriesekoopRuchi Vriesekoop5 giờ trước
  • Misleading title. I live in Netherlands, What we have is an intelligent lockdown. We have more freedom, but are expected to use it wisely. If we ignore the rules set during the pandemic, we can get fined up to 4,000 euro. In essence we are instructed to stay home as much as possible, social distancing, no more than 2 people close together etc etc. But we are free to choose our moment to go out and do our necessary things without the police constantly checking people. In other words, the Government trusts it knows it's people well enough that in the end, enough people will abide the new rules that the spread can be curbed. To be honest in my opinion, with no way of knowing when a vaccine will be widely available, until then the goal of group immunity is the only way to beat a virus with the least deaths, how unintuitive that might seem. With a lockdown (and provided enough people stay at home) one could beat the virus but that leaves many people still vulnerable and as long as there's no vaccine the chance of a second outbreak is quite high. It only takes ONE infected person to reboot the whole catastrophe.

    Paul FreedmanPaul Freedman5 giờ trước
  • Look at all that devil's lettuce

    Google UserGoogle User5 giờ trước
  • @Vice news, this video and title is totally misleading. The Netherlands are in a lockdown for the most part. Please stop misleading people!

    the Vegetable Chefthe Vegetable Chef6 giờ trước
  • This video is very misleading. The Dutch policy is mostly driven by two factors: science and intensive care capacity. The PM and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment set out the policy and whilst doing this closely check whether there is enough intensive care capacity. Currently, the total capacity amounts to 2400 IC beds of which currently 1324 beds are taken. At this moment the number of people taken to intensive care is becoming less. Apart from that, the fact remains that the Netherlands is mostly in lockdown. People are staying at home. Cafe's, bars and restaurants are closed. If people go outside to hang out together they get a fine. Nursing houses are closed. Nobody can go in and nobody can go out. Whether intelligent lockdown will work in the end? I have no clue. I am not a virologist or anything related. I just listen to Jaap van Distel, the head of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and a professor. But let's not jump to conclusions. We can only determine whether the English, Swedish, Italian, American, South Korean or Dutch strategy has worked or not after the virus has been eradicated entirely.

    Pieter107Pieter1076 giờ trước
  • This is what Norway is doing. They have left it up to the individual stores if they want to close or not and some stores are limiting the amount of people they let in. All types of medical care like physical therapy, dental, and psychiatric are closed and most doctors are doing video consultations. They encourage social distancing and if the police see people in groups larger than 5, they will ask them to separate, but honestly, you could walk down the street and not know anything was going on unless you really paid attention.

    krismefulkrismeful7 giờ trước
  • if too many people get sick at once then hospitals will not cope and even more people will die from lack of treatment

    Bri FarrBri Farr7 giờ trước
  • Isn’t this kind of stupid if the reports of people being reinfected in China are true? Not only this but also the fact it can leave you with permanent lung damage if you survive it.

    silentstellarechossilentstellarechos12 giờ trước
  • You CANNOT build an immunity! You can contract it AGAIN. The virus mutates quickly and effects the RNA. THIS IS NOT A NORMAL FLU. Look to Taiwan and Korea for how to handle this.

    Heidi HoHeidi Ho14 giờ trước
  • Wel done Minister President Rutte now the world thinks The Netherlands/Holland is crazy. Anyway like Every Country in the world we are run by a bunch of Idiots.

    Badaboom 88Badaboom 8815 giờ trước
  • Essentially every country is doing this they are just not calling it that. The lockdowns are in place just to slow down the rate the critically ill need care in the hospitals. This video was kind of a waste of time.

    thundavoltthundavolt19 giờ trước
  • Watch the video b4 making a stupid comment.

    Holly LynnHolly Lynn19 giờ trước
  • Surely the whole world needs to agree to do this!? I kind of agree that without a vaccine it’s the only way forward but many will die.

    James StimpsonJames Stimpson19 giờ trước
  • And here is everyone with their great solutions, facts and cures. Think were doing great, in this time of crisis. Luckely its not the first time Dutch ideas have worked.

    JeroenhermanjanJeroenhermanjan20 giờ trước
  • Okay, this is a recipe for joining the Extinct ethnic groups. Goodbye 🇳🇱

    Wim MWim M21 giờ trước
  • "we have no idea!", but 1% dead out of 60% infected is a huge toll! But still "we have no idea!" As long as it isn't "us" we can dispense them.

    Paulo GPaulo G21 giờ trước
  • Finally a country who has a brain! Yes, natural herd immunity IS the answer, NOT a toxic vaccine, or suicidal economic shutdown!

    Iman AmatullahIman Amatullah22 giờ trước
  • Google Did the same for Pixel 4 😪

    Maidenize666Maidenize66622 giờ trước
  • The Dutch's healthcare system is far from great. The country is really small, hospitals are not equipped with enough beds for the covid19 patients

    mark12345680mark1234568023 giờ trước
    • The proper spelling is 'Dutch' not 'Dutch's'

      Gertjan BrinkersGertjan Brinkers22 giờ trước
  • Next week: Who were the people of the Netherlands? This documentary will tell you who they were.

    Mike GironMike Giron23 giờ trước
  • "you dont want panic"

    Dmytro KloppDmytro KloppNgày trước
  • The virus just might evolve/mutate to kill all humans and animals

    Sidharth LingaSidharth LingaNgày trước
  • So that's why the numbers in The Netherlands are so bad.

    PG trojkaPG trojkaNgày trước
  • “While we may not be at war in a traditional sense, neither are we truly at peace. … Perhaps more so than in the recent past, we require commanders with the judgment, maturity, and leadership composure under pressure to understand the ramifications of their actions within that larger dynamic strategic context,” Modly said.

    Gertjan BrinkersGertjan BrinkersNgày trước
  • This video is not relevant anymore, the government shut down everything pretty quickly after this video was posted. I don't even think it was the intention to let everyone get sick. As soon as the Prime minister said Herd immunity people started to get worried and nobody understood what he meant. The Netherlands is basically in complete lockdown right now. Everything is closed except for supermarkets and everyone has to stay inside. Maybe look at Sweden, over there everything is still open, even restaurants and stuff.

    Roos SmitRoos SmitNgày trước
  • These clickbait videos are getting unreal. So sick of it

    k2k2Ngày trước
  • If you look at this logically you have to ask your self, do you think this virus will go away by trying to run away from it? When will it ever be safe to come out of hiding and resume life when all it takes is for one sickie to start the whole mess over again. Then what, back into hiding for another XX months?

    K VK VNgày trước
  • 1. you cant vaccinate against a virus 2. scientists are still trying to work on a vaccine for HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus) which proves my first point 3. Herd immunity is the only option 4. Charles Darwin - survival of the fittest. You you dont look after your health a virus will look after it for you.

    Alex AndersonAlex AndersonNgày trước
  • i think Herd Immunity is how SARS suddenly I wrong? educate me

    Sahar VaronaSahar VaronaNgày trước
  • Fake news!

    Peter HabetsPeter HabetsNgày trước
  • Massive mistake they are going to lose a lot of people

    TomTomNgày trước
  • So let's sacrifice old people and people with chronic health problems. That's not a solution for the virus. It's an economy solution so you won't have to pay them anymore.

    TheGreekGeeksTheGreekGeeksNgày trước
    • Also the state will receive death duties/inheritance/estate taxes, that's a double win then !

      Gertjan BrinkersGertjan Brinkers22 giờ trước
  • Typical case of foreign journa-coalitionists

    Gertjan BrinkersGertjan BrinkersNgày trước
  • Fptp The grass roots are okay

    Gertjan BrinkersGertjan BrinkersNgày trước
  • Good chance to get rid of the old who drain tax money

    SARASARANgày trước
  • I have been in the Netherlands for 3 years and many Dutch told me healthcare is not good here compare to neighbour countries. The NL choose to do like the UK however they do send us text message to keep distancee it seems its working only 1k new cases per day, 1,6k dead and about 300 recovered from hospitals.

    Frédéric AUDRINFrédéric AUDRINNgày trước

    Claudio MaraniClaudio MaraniNgày trước
  • When Vice News Lost its mind!

    ranjan bhandaryranjan bhandaryNgày trước
  • so the owner of that coffeeshop told you his name was "meuk"? lol XD

    andrew bintangandrew bintangNgày trước
    • "I'm meuk have a peuk"

      Gertjan BrinkersGertjan BrinkersNgày trước
  • Vice: "The Dutch are willfully infecting people and requiring everyone gets sick and possibly dies to speed up the process The Dutch: Nah my dudes we have social distancing and quarantine like everyone else

    Out of The HatOut of The HatNgày trước
  • Donwvoted for misleading title -___-

    Mario F.Mario F.Ngày trước
  • commendable when people obey the rules, prevention is good, but the medical system is overloaded already. --native peoples never had hospitals, but nature educated them how to overcome health issues, like Pneumonia. (Similar symptoms) -one example you can read in the e-book "Secret cure for Tuberculosis and Pneumonia" published on Amazon

    Peter NekeresdPeter NekeresdNgày trước
  • All these triggered dutch morons in the comments lol.

    arno shroifarno shroifNgày trước
  • Typical Dutch attitude, Everyone else is wrong.. No wonder your empire collapsed like a flan in a cupboard!

    george harpergeorge harperNgày trước
    • george harper really great facts man. Thanks

      JeroenhermanjanJeroenhermanjan20 giờ trước
  • idiots

    bob hitebob hiteNgày trước
  • i thought British did this and it failed

    Cry You a DesertCry You a DesertNgày trước
  • There so hip

    Shane wickhamShane wickhamNgày trước
  • a more intelligent approach, sorry to all you doomers. life i about the journey not the destination. and pleas stop using the old people as your shield.

    bob stonebob stoneNgày trước
  • Herd immunity will kill a lot of people. This is madness . These are humans not animals

    Abdul AzeezAbdul AzeezNgày trước
    • misleading title, its not what is happening in the Netherlands . ;)

      wesley platikovskiwesley platikovski5 giờ trước
    • Abdul Azeez Some see the Population as Animals. Otherwise the Economie would be diffrent. My Opinion

    • humans are the only animal killing the planet...

      durianriderdurianrider7 giờ trước
  • Not saying I'm right in this, just sharing some thoughts slipping trough my mind: Probably corona will always come back. Corona is here for so many years like the corona flu we deal with every year in our past. This cofid19 mutation has a higher mortuality for human beings but maybe the reason only a few % dies is bcause people are immune from earlier cofid19 lookalike corona flu's. Maybe our bodies need to adapt with natures invironment to prevent a situation where people have no immune system for upcoming virusses because otherwise a future corone type virus would proably kill everyone. We must master every environment. Theres no guarantee for a vaccin and nature isnt kind always. Its earths self-preservation, the way the earth can stay existing. Hiding for natures measures is maybe only making people standing further away from surviving on earth. Mammoths died because a lack of food and bacause of the growing population human (predators). Predators make other species die out. Virusses mame make species stronger in the longterm (surviving of the fittest theory) to succeed surviving on eart in the longer term. We must stay predators so only a meteorite impact could destroy us all, like dinasaurs🤟 PS: I am not stoned atm😋

    Shauni van AugurkShauni van AugurkNgày trước
  • this a lot of blinking

    Esteban BrijbagEsteban Brijbag2 ngày trước
  • Sweden and the Netherlands will come out of this ahead while other nations fall into chaos with civil unrest and destroyed economies. The virus is already resurfacing again in China because lockdowns prevent herd immunity. The W.H.O. followed China’s wrong actions and the world’s politicians have become a mob mentality also following while the Netherlands have shown to be common sense leaders. History will prove this in reasonable time but it won’t help elected officials come time to postpone their stay in office. Understand that in China masks are only used to protect workers so production isn’t impeded without concern for the greater good of the population. It’s only a short term solution that is fatally ineffectual and yet the W.H.O., coincidentally coopted by the Chinese Communist Party, have followed the anti-herd immunity response and spread their false doctorate to foolish world leaders even so far as enlisting substantial military force to fight an unseen enemy they themselves are now promoting by virtue of this seemingly simple abstract.

    Unicorn 1Unicorn 12 ngày trước
  • See how the officials see common people? They see us as a bunch of cattle

    Master RichieMaster Richie2 ngày trước
  • This is a clip from the 16th of March. Mark Rutte has gotten a lot of backlash from the Dutch people about this. Since then we have gotten a stricter lockdown. The people who can work at home, have to work at home. People who have vital jobs still have to work. Schools are closed. Coffeeshops, cafe's, restaurants etc. are closed. If people walk closely together they will get a ticket.

    HallieYoung21HallieYoung212 ngày trước
  • This is just badly researched bullshit. The Dutch prime minister named herd immunity as a goal and later retracted that when the experts corrected him. You don't give any real context. You just take a few statements of randomly selected people and add a voice over. Considering most video's on the topic are demonitized you really have no excuse to not try to optimize on quality in stead of click bait.

    cizlerablecizlerable2 ngày trước
  • If herd immunity worked well we should be immune to the common cold, flu, TB, measles,mumps, and many others. Flu is not wiped by herd immunity and neither will coronavirus because they mutate.

    Tim JohnsonTim Johnson2 ngày trước
  • I am Dutch and I can say that this video is misleading. Things you see here are not completely true. I suggest everyone who is Dutch definitely to report this video

    Pariksha10Pariksha102 ngày trước
  • Time for some calculations. Netherlands has a population of around 17.180.000 people, to get herd immunity you need to get at least 60% infected, that means around 10.308.000 people, but with a mortality rate in your country of 9,46% at the moment, it means that the Dutch government is ready to sacrifice around 975.137 people. I hope they wont go through with this, there are numerous countries working on medicine and a vaccine, including 2 laboratories in my own country that are working non stop to help with finding a cure. Together we will get through this.

    AnnaMBAnnaMB2 ngày trước
  • If you get infected don't sit at home go to the rich neighborhood supermarkets and spread it.

    UnitedStatesOfTerroristsUnitedStatesOfTerrorists2 ngày trước
  • For me herd reminds me cattle ,and cattle usualy go to slaughterhouse.

    protexusaprotexusa2 ngày trước
    • You are super deep and smart and the first person to think of that

      Captain SweatpantsCaptain Sweatpants21 giờ trước
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="25">0:25</a> he sounds like a British guy talking backwards

    Bruno NunezBruno Nunez2 ngày trước
  • does herd mentality strategy against virus mean dont do anything to limit virus? just let virus kill weak people? why? so many lives would be gone.

    Howard LiHoward Li2 ngày trước
  • They keep saying it’s a war , when did anyone win a war hiding indoors hoping for the best , need to except there will be a lot of deaths and get out there back to work or the damage really will be something that warrants all this hype

    jag251080jag2510802 ngày trước
  • that sounds really good....until the virus mutates, then it will get ya. Remember this is not the first corona virus

    Ron TailwindRon Tailwind2 ngày trước
  • Not gonna they had me for a second there. This experiment is a little risky

    Maria GarciaMaria Garcia2 ngày trước
  • LMAO .... a weed shop ? vital for netherlands huh? lol

    Michael SeoMichael Seo2 ngày trước
  • I’m dutch and I’ve been isolating and keeping my distance for 4 weeks now because that is the advice! Of our government! Its bs the way it’s presented in the title!

    H Van KootenH Van Kooten2 ngày trước
  • Probably the best thing to do tbh

    George SotoGeorge Soto2 ngày trước
  • This makes the most sense to me. Yes, a lot of people will die from the virus, but the alternative is worse.

    Jack GunnJack Gunn2 ngày trước
    • @Jack Gunn fair enough

      oschoaoschoaNgày trước
    • @oschoa The alternative is destroying the economy which would financially ruin millions of people and lead to potentially as many suicides as virus deaths, but nobody wants to talk about the psychological effect this is having on people.

      Jack GunnJack Gunn2 ngày trước
    • what's the alternative?

      oschoaoschoa2 ngày trước
  • My ppl 💋🌟

    Archea AURORA MotherOfNewCreationArchea AURORA MotherOfNewCreation2 ngày trước
  • Bravo .

    Archea AURORA MotherOfNewCreationArchea AURORA MotherOfNewCreation2 ngày trước
  • Smoke enough Weed Smendricks that's enough to kill anything

    joe 90joe 902 ngày trước
  • In the end the dutch will be right. Do not underestimate the power behind the dutch way of thinking.

    Padraigh WrightPadraigh Wright2 ngày trước
  • I know they are also doing this in Sweden. It will be interesting to see in 6 months which society makes out better.

    TA LindsayTA Lindsay2 ngày trước