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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    • dave gonzo
      dave gonzo

      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.....

    • Zbriu

      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.

    • Oki

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

    • Andypirate

      This is the best choise, so your economy wont collapse like the Italian one

    • Javier Fernandez
      Javier Fernandez

      Like you never ate a bat. Stfu

  • Marco Antunes
    Marco Antunes

    Neatherlands: “tough time never last, only tough people last”.

  • tooltalk

    Netherland already has 14+K cases with 1+K death..

  • lokeyGee87

    Lets have some Coronavirus parties!

  • MIC M'ill'itary Industrial Complex
    MIC M'ill'itary Industrial Complex

    Everyone talking about Grandma dying.. you have to realize you're losing life several years early while at the same time putting many young people at risk who has 30+ years ahead of them.. It's an ugly proposition, but it's silly to put a 90 year old on a ventilator when and let a 30 year old die just because the 90 year old was first..

  • The Murderbot Feed
    The Murderbot Feed

    The clickbait is back, pls don’t call yourselves jounalists, thanks

  • bean cat88
    bean cat88

    What a shit video title.

  • Paras hit
    Paras hit

    No herd immunity for Covid-19. Your lungs will be damaged if you has one. No one is imune, but some people wouldn't feel sick because they are asymptomatic. Asymptomatic is more dangerous because you're a living carrier of the virus. This not about being sick or not, its a Virus vs Medical System war. Virus has won the battle so far, your job is to support medical system to turn the corner and won the war.

  • James Wisrik
    James Wisrik

    Herd... like sheep's! I live the idea.

  • therealfattewok

    Yeah, COVID-19 is a mutating virus. Fools. Some people who healed from the virus regained it and some of those even died. Incompetent politicians. You don't even know the virus yet.

  • Thelegend27

    Vice this is just shit, im dutch and you guys painted a wrong picture of what is going on in the netherlands.

    • Mert Öztoprak
      Mert Öztoprak

      i am also living in the netherlands, and thats what PM said. Britain PM was also defending herd immunity, now we see what situation they are in. I hope Mark Rutte changes his mind before its too late. Also i will tell you another picture of whats going on here; health system is already overloaded. My GP closed their office 2 weeks ago. I have another cronic health problem, and i can not even go to GP. I dont fear corona, since i am not going out from my home. What i fear is; if i get sick from something else and its too late...

  • Babette de Jong
    Babette de Jong

    Unbelievable that this kind of 'news' is made and continued to be spread

  • Rocket Man
    Rocket Man

    There so smart! Just look at thier actions. Smoking pot while there is a "respiratory" viral outbreak going on. "Heard stupidity"

  • richardpaiva1

    The same thing is happening in every country. You can only slow it. Its going to spread until we achieve herd immunity. You can't stay in your house forever.

  • Cezar Stefan 'SEGH' Jucan
    Cezar Stefan 'SEGH' Jucan

    Netherlands and Sweden will be hit worst if measures aren't taken. When 1/4 of your country dies, then you will realize how great your politics have been. The Chinese are slowly moving back into production, forced quotas for that, because they want to make up for 'lost time', but there are no buyers, for the rest of the world is still struggling with the Communist Party of China's 'gift' to the world.

  • carla w
    carla w

    The Netherlands: “I used the Corona to destroy the Corona”

  • Hoàng Anh Nguyễn Trần
    Hoàng Anh Nguyễn Trần

    I'm sorry but this is not a good report and the title is cilckbait. That title should be given to the UK and you should report on herd immunity decision in the UK. For the Netherlands herd immunity is just a side-effect that we hope. Bars, restaurants, events,.... have all been closed. Schools are closed too and the gathering of more than 3 ppl in public is banned. There are people secretly party, sure, but their neighbors would call the police in most cases.

  • Abhilash Nair
    Abhilash Nair

    Also Sweden. 🇸🇪

  • jojolafrite90

    They are probably right. Less suffering in the long term. They are often right. They were right all along to legalize marijuana.

  • Rianne

    Oh lets make a video about the netherlands. what do they have over there? Oh yes coffeeshops!!! 😑

  • Animal Liberation
    Animal Liberation

    Title is overly dramatic, this is the same approach as in many European countries. It's about flattening the curve. In Sweden we do the same

  • TheTruth76

    *Smokers are more sensitive for viral infections than non smokers due to cilia in the lungs beeing paralysed by the smoke. So people living in areas with high particle mass (airborn polution) are basicly “smoking” themselves. Around eastern there are in the east of The Netherlands and part of Germany huge easternfires where the local villages compete against each other to build the biggest fire by burning wood and branches with leaves still on it, causing huge smoke clouds which travel hundreds of miles! To put it simple : how dumb can people get, these self destructive mamals?*

  • Hiroko Morioka
    Hiroko Morioka

    Great opportunity to test Marijuana medicinal effect. The Dutch have time now. An astronaut costume and gas mask are good option.

  • James DeGray
    James DeGray

    So the Netherlands will be having a greater than 80% population reduction from Covid-19... Preliminary studies from China up for peer review says 80% of men who survive catching the virus, lose some (maybe most has not met peer review quite yet)amount of sperm production... So I would not be betting on tax revenues being what they have been there. Or schools, or children... Take your zinc and Vitamin-C, and I say stay home, if you can. Guys when you get the fever cool the testees, maybe even wash them regularly, the more they hurt while you have the fever eat more c, lower your temperature, like ice, shiver, wash them don't let the virus build up down there, maybe three times a day if your fever is rolling. Acetamenophen/asprin raises the fever, ibuprofen only helps the aches. C is being reported by individuals as lowering the fever even though Tylenol doesn't work. I wish you the best and think cannabis should be legal everywhere. TTYL

  • Blitznstitch2

    Whether we want to or not, herd immunity will happen and that will be the way to fight this virus.

  • Hanna Mahmad
    Hanna Mahmad

    Is that weed??

  • Brad Pistachio
    Brad Pistachio

    koreans are reporting that their previously infected and cured are becoming infected a second time around. please do not try this.

  • Charles Burnham
    Charles Burnham

    Let people's immune systems familiarise themselves with the virus and start building immunity. Risky strategy. Let's see what happens.

  • electrobop

    W.h.o need global law enforced yeah make immunity by doin wat killin the elderly

  • DodgedABullet

    I’m in the USA, and I have had the virus four weeks ago. I would be more than willing to share my blood with whoever is the sickest and needs it. Antibodies....

  • Damian McCoy
    Damian McCoy


  • Wimsem - Tekenen & Knutselen
    Wimsem - Tekenen & Knutselen

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="35">0:35</a> misleadimg clips

  • Rohit Samineni
    Rohit Samineni

    Herd Immunity What bullshit is this? at cost of 14% fatality?

  • killurbean

    Where’s that Muslim woman’s hijab..what’s the uk coming to?

  • Nuclear Fusion
    Nuclear Fusion

    Wow.... I'm Dutch and this report is extremely faulty and misinformative. The government acknowledges herd immunity but is not actively perusing it in any way. Yes, the Netherlands has a great healthcare system but actually very few intensive care beds.. Seriously, where did the reporters get their information? This video is making me doubt the quality of other Vice reports.

  • Romeo Toro
    Romeo Toro

    From the numbers of active cases, dead cases, recovered cases a lot of people who get sick die we have a number of recovered right now that is 4.5 bigger than the number of dead and this is in the most developed countrys.i think this virus can kill a lo lot of people but idk. I hope its not that deadly

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  • Spaace Keese
    Spaace Keese

    Misleading video title..

  • Petra van Aalst
    Petra van Aalst

    This title is misleading. Do you really think that in other countrys less people are going to be sick? It is not really different from other countrys what we are doiing. Only our government is just transparant. Not one country will be in lockdown fot at least a year, So every country needs a group immunity, only they let there people think that a few weeks at home will prevent becomming sick at all. That is an illusion!!!! You can not stop living untill there is a vaccin, and most off us will get the virus. You can only try to prevent that people get all at the same time sick, So your healthcare can cope .

  • Jordan G
    Jordan G

    Its the Netherlands. Not ISIS.

  • Shar Pee
    Shar Pee

    VICE, we ain't just letting people die. We are doing basically tje same as the rest of Europe but don't call it a lockdown. Since we are a really far developed democracy we don't have to be forced to stay inside since most of us are intelligent enough to understand the possible hazards for ourselves and our (social) environment. We ain't simply letting people die, we are string to contain the inevidable fact that people will somehow still manage to contract the virus.

  • Ele

    I am really curious what would have happened if this virus was like ebola ( 50% death rate) Would Netherlands still insist on herd immunity or now we get tricked because statistically only 3% dies? Already 1000+ deaths in NL. Hmm just wondering...

  • calvinchong79

    17,000,000x60%infected =10,200,000 1%mortality x10, 200,000 =102,000

  • 123456789ten

    it was announced the Netherlands will remain in lockdown until 28th April since yesterday, then the government will re-consider measures going forward, the original thinking was to let people get it but like most nations, the strain on the medics is too high so a stricter lockdown has already been in place sinse 16th March

  • Manas Chakraborty
    Manas Chakraborty

    In the mean time I listen to all of them and lock my self down in my home for another month.

  • Dan T
    Dan T

    This is absolutely misinterpreted and he is not letting people get sick. The streets are empty. Thank you VICE for trying to make our country look bad.

  • Anouar Laili
    Anouar Laili

    Misleading video!

  • giorgos82100

    I guess this tactic backfired for the netherlands

  • subhabrata ganguly
    subhabrata ganguly

    Send me some in need it too this high rise pressure situation

  • Robert K
    Robert K

    playing roulette with its own population...

  • eggizgud

    He's not washing his hands correctly. The soap has to cover his hands thoroughly for 20 seconds in order to 'dismantle' the virus.

  • Jaak Savat
    Jaak Savat

    Just a gamble on economic modelling, nothing to do with duty of care towards people

  • ymke jongema
    ymke jongema

    Come with something originals,instead to think that the netherlands is only the place to get stoned.

  • Lúcia João
    Lúcia João

    That explains while they have more than 10%death rate. 🤦🏻‍♀️

  • kaymezRap

    Thats basically what every other country trys to do.

  • Bastien Bongers
    Bastien Bongers

    Lmao we'll see in a week if they still are doing fine

  • le varle
    le varle

    weed will save the world

  • Carlo Cocciolo
    Carlo Cocciolo

    So, herd immunity means that at least 7'000 persons per million of your population have to die. Wow, amazing... D-8

  • KiDD ViDD
    KiDD ViDD

    That weed looks like coffee. Glad we got them trees over here in the US

  • Hady Sutris Winarlim
    Hady Sutris Winarlim

    Herd immunity is somekind of an idea that is quite abstract if not delusional., But before that is achieved, how many lives shall depart to the afterlife?

  • looky khan
    looky khan

    FFS CAN WE JUST DELETE 2020 and download 2021 instead

  • kyung0215

    After google searching, I think they discarded this 'herd community' policy and has started lockdown recently. I wonder what will happen in Sweden and my country.

  • Ta Be
    Ta Be

    I can't comment for what i don't know about netherlands, but the whole term which i know the scientific meaning and logic behind it i just want to point out the poetic side of it. most of the time we refer to sheep in a herd as they have no power over themselves ,especially when they are taken to the slaughterhouse in which this situation looks like. first, we don't know much about the virus, reinfection? mutation? permanent damage?

  • Chris Fernandez
    Chris Fernandez

    how many people have to die with this herd immunity scheme ... this is not a good idea and can be deemed as a form of genocide or murder

  • aatsista

    This is also called Eugenics. The Nazi's also believed they were doing the right thing.

  • Zzzz Zzzz
    Zzzz Zzzz

    How's that herd immunity working for Yah??? 10000+ cases and over 1000 dead. Good job Yah stoopid dickheads.

  • Wm Ritchey
    Wm Ritchey

    Anything for a headline I'd guess...vice: how can we shock everyone? Just don't worry about the "little details"! Whopptee fkin do! Thanks sofa king moronic productions. Gonzo (Raoul Duke) would be proud

  • Юрий Петров
    Юрий Петров

    Yea well there are people that had the virus and later on they get it again I know couple of people that recovered from the virus and couple days later they have it again every person immune system is different a friend of mine had the virus and survived 4 days later he got it again and died some won't get it a second time but others do understood now I've lost my damn friend

  • Drug Induced Fever dream
    Drug Induced Fever dream

    Holland at it again making the better decisions

  • YangGe ShatterU
    YangGe ShatterU

    This is what we call an irresponsible government! He is sacrificing the elder people's lives and describes a lazy government euphemistically as "herd immunity".

  • Jatin Maharao
    Jatin Maharao

    Seems like they are forgetting the part where the virus starts to mutate. Also sounds like a solid plan. They dont know how many people need to be infected with it to start building immunity, but sounds like a full proof plan

  • N.W.A /IceCube
    N.W.A /IceCube

    They're too high on weed to realise how serious situation is

    • SkankHunt 420
      SkankHunt 420

      Aren’t we all lol

  • Ruth O
    Ruth O

    Im not going to rush in judgement. I’m definitely going to keep track of their rates.

  • Arrogant

    This virus has reinfected many people in china.

  • steward

    Those who smoke weed will not get the Coronavirus this is because the Coronavirus will get stoned and goto sleep. Hahahhahaha

  • K.D.H. Esq.
    K.D.H. Esq.

    Clickbait title; no government in this little piece supported the title!

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  • nemonucliosis

    Sounds like a plan out of the new world order handbook.

  • Do Rine
    Do Rine

    It is a lie people are told to stay at home all THE school ar close your story is not correct.people went to parks BECOSE the think the are onbeatebill in Dutch (ze denken dat ze onverslaanbaar zijn omdat ze jong zijn Mr Rutte heeft gezegd dat iedereen thuis moet blijven scholen zijn dicht restaurants, zwembaden, bioscopen, nu mensen horen dat ook jongeren ziek worden zullen zij beter luisteren zo dat ze niet het risico lopen om zelf corona tekrijgen en zo voor dat er symptomen verschijnsel bij hun optreedt het over te dragen aan ánderen dan schrijft iemand onwaarheden.alleen ben ik het oneens dat kinderen gewoon buiten kunnen spelen met elkaar want nu blijkt dat ook kinderen het kunnen krijgen,er komen teveel kenners op tv die alles weten over deze ziekte en behandeling later zullen wij horen of déze manier van behandelen juist is want het is een nieuwe virus waar niemand iets van wist. Ik denk niet dat Pr Rutte wilt dat zo veel mogelijk mensen ziek worden of wel? Heb ik het mis heb ik iets gemist??? Strerkte idereen!!!)

  • Matty Gauthier
    Matty Gauthier

    Viking blood strong