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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  • WATCH NEXT: Here's How Scientists Think Coronavirus Spreads from Bats to Humans -

    VICE NewsVICE News5 өдрийн өмнө
    • Like you never ate a bat. Stfu

      Javier FernandezJavier Fernandez5 цагийн өмнө
    • Most news is fake ... you been programmed like a robot open your mind be free and beat the system that you a slave too

      Mr Bains productionsMr Bains productions5 цагийн өмнө
    • Vice news is like a crappy dish who's taste stays to long on your mouth

      Equilibrium GatekeeperEquilibrium Gatekeeper6 цагийн өмнө
    • Terrible reporting.

      CryptoManiaCryptoMania19 цагийн өмнө
    • I don't believe the bats theory. I believe this virus has human input. Government with their testing

      kudos premierkudos premier19 цагийн өмнө
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="100">1:40</a> Lol buddy that's not how a virus works. . . and much less how a body works.

    Miyu MiyuMiyu Miyu3 цагийн өмнө
  • Herd immunity? More like survival of the fittest

    Gonzalo AraujoGonzalo Araujo3 цагийн өмнө
  • Don't share bongs or lighters in coronavirus pandemic, byo keep safe 😉👊

    Ross GRoss G3 цагийн өмнө
  • Made in china the "china virus" with love from china to the world.

    jay kjay k3 цагийн өмнө
  • Wow, I always thought they were smart but it appears they are idiots.

    Mollie & Vona’s MenagerieMollie & Vona’s Menagerie3 цагийн өмнө
  • The Spanish flu circulated a year before people built their herd immunity, are we willing to keep the lockdown a year?

    Ar.OsamaBAr.OsamaB3 цагийн өмнө
  • herd immunity only good for viruses in which we can develop immunity. reports has shown that those recovered do get infected with covid 19 again. so to the hell with herd immunity

    Beck HoBeck Ho4 цагийн өмнө
  • Touching weed with out gloves, yuk

    Veronica FloresVeronica Flores4 цагийн өмнө
  • That poor bastard did a terrible job washing his hands ☻

    Jeffrey LebowskiJeffrey Lebowski4 цагийн өмнө
  • She's handling the bud w/o gloves....she may be infected....and infecting those buying the bud

    mopoligist420mopoligist4204 цагийн өмнө
  • Quite a smart move

    Ray MakRay Mak4 цагийн өмнө
  • They're doing the same thing. Just marketing it differently

    junit483junit4834 цагийн өмнө
  • i guess they haven't heard that 14% of those who recovered from covid-19 has been reinfected in china... herd immunity is a no go

    Michael HartoMichael Harto4 цагийн өмнө
  • You can get it more than once Coronavirus has no immunity

    Jacob FJacob F4 цагийн өмнө
  • Herd Immunity is a retarded concept. The idea is that if the majority of people get vaccines, this will also give protection to the minority. Why is it stupid? A vaccines is mainly designed to give you (the person getting the vaccine) protection . If you want protection, get the vaccine for yourself. We don't need to be focused on who isn't getting it. Personally, I still wouldn't get vaccinated. I don't trust these companies. The idea of vaccination is sound. But who knows what else they're putting in it. They are capable of nanotech nowadays. They have straight access to your circulation, bypassing all natural barriers such as skin, stomach acid, and mucous membranes.

    Aras MAras M4 цагийн өмнө
  • I’m hoping the medications that are working can become widely available so that will save many lives.

    Leah PitmanLeah Pitman5 цагийн өмнө
  • Most countries should adopt this strategy total lockdown is totally stupid. Yes keep social distancing and use good old common sense. But you do need many to get infected so the human population can become immune and eradicate the basta*d off the planet aka kick CVD 19 in the teeth!

    Ben ChudBen Chud5 цагийн өмнө
  • Drink orange juice, exercise, stop eating process foids which exposes your immune system to viruses like this.

    Wes AndersonWes Anderson5 цагийн өмнө
  • That weed looked horrible.

    S BS B5 цагийн өмнө
  • Don’t believe the news ....

    Mr Bains productionsMr Bains productions5 цагийн өмнө
  • It’s man made.. been told it comes from bats etc ... news brainwashes ... look after yourself ppl don’t believe the hype

    Mr Bains productionsMr Bains productions5 цагийн өмнө
  • It’s about power most ingredients for meds comes from China .., who believes this is a biological weapon? Who needs all the meds? Stocks and share prices have dropped ... who’s buying them ?

    Mr Bains productionsMr Bains productions5 цагийн өмнө
  • Greetings from Spain, and best wishes for all, enjoy the party, as I can read you will surely LOVE It ...

    TheConspirateWarriorTheConspirateWarrior5 цагийн өмнө
  • Only the strong survive. The other millions or so, they just don't seem to matter.

    W WW W5 цагийн өмнө
  • The public is under the impression that people are catching the virus more than once... it is being seen that way because of the testing. Testing is only able to test to a specific sensitivity. When the virus drops below that sensitivity, people are considered to be free of the virus then release... but they are not actually free of the virus and it comes back. MNproject: 'Vaccines won't work': US virologist breaks down COVID-19, how to curb spread Lessons learned from Dr. Djaballah about the COVID-19, caused by the SAR-CoV2 virus, can be summed up in several notes.

    W WW W5 цагийн өмнө
  • You think getting 60% of the population infected with a deadly virus is a good idea? Protect yourself. Incase anyone can not find masks:

    EzyhahahaEzyhahaha6 цагийн өмнө
  • Going well with everybody iknow and they know . But the nummers are not hopefull

    Danny ArnhemDanny Arnhem6 цагийн өмнө
  • ..stelletje Imbecielen

    Michael RoosendaalMichael Roosendaal6 цагийн өмнө
  • This totally ignores the fact the the virus can MUTATE! And if you read news coming out of Asia, the virus has already mutated and people who were previously deemed clear are showing up in hospitals again with the coronavirus.

    JamesJames6 цагийн өмнө
  • Sounds a little contradictory; on the one hand they are saying best to get it, and build up immunity, while on the other hand, they are talking about washing up--being sure you limit contact with others, etc./all. So which is it? Avoid or expose? Seems you need to do one or the other, not sneak up trying to do...both.

    Jmichael IsbellJmichael Isbell6 цагийн өмнө
    • It's they must get it but not to many people at once and the hospitals get overwhelmed they must balance the number who get infected with the capacity of there healthcare

      Flower BeeFlower Bee6 цагийн өмнө
  • Well, I’m immune now

    David Bow WowDavid Bow Wow6 цагийн өмнө
  • 03/28/2020 Netherlands Coronavirus Cases: 9,762 Deaths: 639 Recovered: 3 Oh yea, this is working.

    W WW W6 цагийн өмнө
  • Vaccine... a delusional belief. Everyone getting sick to build up immunity, insanity. A large number of people "could" survive with medical help other wise, they will die. This is Trump on steroids. MNproject: 'Vaccines won't work': US virologist breaks down COVID-19, how to curb spread Lessons learned from Dr. Djaballah about the COVID-19, caused by the SAR-CoV2 virus, can be summed up in several notes.

    W WW W6 цагийн өмнө
  • The American health system sucks. We could never do this.

    jack mayhofferjack mayhoffer6 цагийн өмнө
  • Big Brain Time!

    Solo- QSolo- Q6 цагийн өмнө
  • Small pox was eradicated?...but they still have the infected blood samples labs

    Mr Bains productionsMr Bains productions6 цагийн өмнө
  • It’s biological warfare wake up

    Mr Bains productionsMr Bains productions6 цагийн өмнө
  • Coronavirus is just created to start a Cashless world

    AcnologiaAcnologia6 цагийн өмнө
  • This need to happen all our the work

    Justin AdamsJustin Adams6 цагийн өмнө
  • Country filled with psychos

    Luther BlissettLuther Blissett6 цагийн өмнө
  • A crazy country

    David KaplanDavid Kaplan6 цагийн өмнө
  • so vaccines actually disallow herd immunity which makes us more susceptible to illness in general. Big Pharma will do everything to shit all over that reality. They want you sick from womb to grave

    Vegan DollsVegan Dolls6 цагийн өмнө
  • Smoking, any kind , is the WORST thing you can do right now, idiots.

    77dris77dris7 цагийн өмнө
  • So it has now come to this!? Wow!

    Abdulai BahAbdulai Bah7 цагийн өмнө
  • Young people with strong Immunity System will survive, while Old and those with underlying sickness will Die!!! The strategy is to get rid of Old people,Only the Fit will survive !

    juanitodylanjuanitodylan7 цагийн өмнө
  • What abt oldnpelple

    Victor LabradorVictor Labrador7 цагийн өмнө
  • Trump says, he wants to open America back up again and he wants to see the churches packed on Easter Sunday! Essentially, Trump is doing the same thing. He just hasn't blatantly used the terms "herd immunity,"

    Learning LockitLearning Lockit7 цагийн өмнө
  • A country can build many prokat hospitals to prevent medical system meltdown, it will cost less than the financial crisis of the lockdown. Lockdown is Orwellian and a disgrace of human nature.

    Dimitris GakisDimitris Gakis7 цагийн өмнө
  • This is true, the worlds devils that are trying to destroy our economy, do not want this kind of logical thinking! It is absolutely true, that when all the population gets the virus it will die out, and if we all figure that out, They, The powers that WANT TO BE *"GOD"* Will set something else into play to make their DASTERLY TAKE OVER WORK!!!! DO NOT TAKE ANY VACCINE!!! IT IS PART OF THEIR PLOT TO ENSLAVE AND ALIENATE YOU FROM GOD THE FATHER!!!

    mike talasmike talas7 цагийн өмнө
  • this has to be the supidest thing i've heard in my fucking life (if this is actualy true)

    Dajoint CFDajoint CF7 цагийн өмнө
  • I.hope the virus come quikly to you, especially to the wopki ministry of finance, a coutry of drugs and beach

    Fabio FunaroFabio Funaro8 цагийн өмнө
  • Italy’s heath system is great too.

    Phong DangPhong Dang8 цагийн өмнө
  • Vice is trash

    Ardor de LeonArdor de Leon8 цагийн өмнө
  • The Netherlands best healthcare?????? Are you joking? It’s the worst and more expensive in Europe! You really need to check first before talking! The prime minister is sooooo arrogant he is talking on interviews about “intelligent lockdown “ Just close your mouth and organise just a lockdown! Dutch people are more worried about their money than their grandma! Unbelievable people but this is th sad true! Don’t deny

  • Dutch government is a disgrace. They have no idea what they're doing to people. The people are brain washed.. many Dutch will die if they pursue this ABSOLUTELY twisted plan.. I expect these government thugs including the PM to be jailed for life and disgraced when this is over.. if it finally is over..

    PrincetonSteamerPrincetonSteamer8 цагийн өмнө
  • This is smart IMO and exactly what I suggested. WAY better and safer than vaccination...which doesn't help in any case. Better to get the flu while being looked after. Don't get it this year; stand by.

    Mark LuxtonMark Luxton9 цагийн өмнө
  • Great

    Democrat TVDemocrat TV9 цагийн өмнө
  • Bye bye netherlands

    Trevor WrightTrevor Wright9 цагийн өмнө
  • The Devil is standing at the gates of hell smiling!!

    VNBad BoyzVNBad Boyz9 цагийн өмнө
  • Not treu ...we are in a so called intelligent lockdown

    BanZieBanZie9 цагийн өмнө
  • I hate the fact they don't wear gloves touching the weed it's still a product ... Pre bag and stalks out less contact it's better 😉....

    mr bluemr blue10 цагийн өмнө
  • In Colorado we have to pick up our weed too at the side walk Kuz of the virus

    Jaez WeztJaez Wezt10 цагийн өмнө
  • Wuhan China was the Test area to roll out 5G technology 5G weakens the immune system. The second video is amazing Bill Gates you will rot in helll for FUNDING eugenics and depopulation programs. Its injecting us with animal dna contained in the vaccines.

    sdlucky13bsdlucky13b10 цагийн өмнө
  • Die mafketels zijn knetergek. En het ergste is nu komen ze naar België om lekker goedkoop te tenke. Want ze kunne weer een euro besparen want das belangrijker dan hun eigen gezondheid. Hopeloos volk

    Dajo MartensvanrielDajo Martensvanriel10 цагийн өмнө
  • it is nothing but a mild flu. nobody died from that maybe with it but sure not because of it. the goal is to vaccinate you and cashless society equals the mark of the beast

    hakim nemerhakim nemer10 цагийн өмнө
  • Unfortunately, many of the comments below have a very limited view of reality. The Netherlands does not have the porn capital of the universe and certainly does not pursue a policy that should eliminate the 'elderly'. Those who do not understand the policy of our government will most likely run into trouble themselves.

    bar manbar man10 цагийн өмнө
  • Devils advocate- if they intentionally infected everyone under 50 that ate otherwise healthy they would certainly see some deaths and severe illness but very significantly less than it will eventually be. I think we have to face the facts that without a vaccine this virus at best will smolder on in our populations. Keeping people quarantined until the virus is contained is untenable for many countries. Not many have the willingness to give up freedom like they do in China. So if we agree that the virus will eventually go through the entire population, then intentionally giving it to everyone under 50 could allow enough people to be immune that infection chains are disrupted with too few people susceptible. Potential pitfalls - actually keeping virus out of the population over 50 or preexisting conditions. Infecting a bunch of people under 50 would have to be done in a controlled manner with people explicitly warned to isolate while they are contagious. While at the same time keep older people segregated from general population. I’m not convinced this would work in all countries but in some it may make the most sense. Turns out pandemics are a massive exercise in “rock vs hard place”. I think this would be a prudent strategy in African and other less developed countries and may save the most lives overall. As they do not have any significant capacity for intensive level care and the rest of world is focused own their own problems.

    undertowundertow10 цагийн өмнө
  • It’s called a “intelligent lockdown” where people are expected to take there own responsibility and stay at home when they don’t have a reason to go out. We also can’t be with more then 2 people on the street, at all times you have to keep a distance of 1,5 meters. If you don’t you get fined up to €400,- Most people go by these rules. But there will always be stupid people who don’t. But the streets are quite and most shops closed. Shop owners and entrepreneurs also get a monthly payment up to €1000/4000 euro to up there income a bit so they can survive this ‘crisis’. I personally think it’s working, for now.

    Kiki BKiki B10 цагийн өмнө
  • But you gotta be sick first to develop immunity to the virus. That is, if u will survive the disease process of the virus. Influenza has n0 of 1.5, sars-cov-2 is 2.5, meaning it has higher mortality rate. This is survival of the fittest.

    Ben CruzBen Cruz10 цагийн өмнө
  • Netherlands minister of health has criticised Spain and Italy for admitting old people for intensive care when it is avaliable , that they wouldn't do it . Portugal prime minister called his speech disgusting .

    maruxa cabaleiro sacomaruxa cabaleiro saco10 цагийн өмнө
  • Imagine getting coronavirus bc the shopkeep coughed on your weed

    undertowundertow10 цагийн өмнө
  • who told them they would be immune?

    richard mannrichard mann10 цагийн өмнө
  • ask Boris

    peoplebrotherhoodpeoplebrotherhood11 цагийн өмнө
  • Do you guys realize that the Coronavirus could mutate like the the Spanish Flu of 1918 did and then kills 40 million people worldwide, Then what you going to do?

    fridaymanlyfridaymanly11 цагийн өмнө
  • what a clown

    Carolina TudorCarolina Tudor11 цагийн өмнө
  • Thanks, China!

    eardstapaeardstapa11 цагийн өмнө
  • I accidentally sneezed on my female manager. Got fired for manspreading corona.😪

    Rahul Dutta GuptaRahul Dutta Gupta11 цагийн өмнө
  • Your going to lose a lot of everyone around the world is about to find out the truth about this disease.

    Catseye333Catseye33311 цагийн өмнө
  • This week, I can see Trump starting to promote this strategy instead of directly promoting economic drain…For US, it would clearly be a twisted spin to let our elders die.

    kse6104kse610412 цагийн өмнө