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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  1. VICE News

    VICE News7 ditë më parë

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  2. dave gonzo

    dave gonzo14 orë më parë

    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.....

  3. Zbriu

    ZbriuDitë më parë

    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.

  4. Oki

    OkiDitë më parë

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

  5. Andypirate

    Andypirate2 ditë më parë

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

  6. Javier Fernandez

    Javier Fernandez2 ditë më parë

    Like you never ate a bat. Stfu

  7. L Rose22

    L Rose229 orë më parë

    How can you build up immunity against a weapon? Everyone of us are probably already carrying it until its activated!

  8. Hugo Vanpelt

    Hugo Vanpelt9 orë më parë

    why do you need that annoying music during your narrative it drives me

  9. Naelt147

    Naelt1479 orë më parë

    Rutte explained the goal is to keep the healthcare system from collapsing without a full lockdown, which would be difficult to maintain until there is a vaccin. They are trying to manage the situation until then, the buildup of herd imunity is an added benefit, not the end goal.

  10. Strothy2

    Strothy29 orë më parë

    oh noe they only can get their weed to go... so much trouble...

  11. Fiki Firmansyah

    Fiki Firmansyah9 orë më parë

    Let em diee

  12. Mary Cate O'Malley

    Mary Cate O'Malley10 orë më parë

    More like herd mentality.

  13. hissinggoose

    hissinggoose10 orë më parë

    That’s so metal.

  14. Mr sans

    Mr sans10 orë më parë

    The reason why its letting them sick i because ther are to much grandmas and grandpas its real i life in netherlands its real not joking

  15. Nechir Mohammed

    Nechir Mohammed10 orë më parë

    Herd immunity in the UK? start with the royals.

  16. Karol Kupec

    Karol Kupec10 orë më parë

    Fantastic strategy to kill your old and sick people. God bless you all💓🌹🌹🌹

  17. João Rodrigues

    João Rodrigues10 orë më parë

    864 deaths. And counting

  18. Sana Jacob

    Sana Jacob10 orë më parë

    They are doing this not for immunity, but because of economy. Thier priorities are so mixed up.

  19. xele fonte

    xele fonte11 orë më parë

    *Video is misleading. They aren’t intentionally letting people get sick. They are enforcing social distancing and isolation. They just believe in herd immunity but are not actually pushing for it.*

  20. Фараҳ

    Фараҳ11 orë më parë

    In short the weak and old die! hope is all we have.

  21. Inel's Classics

    Inel's Classics11 orë më parë

    Herd immunity when there is no vaccine and no definitive treatment for the virus is UNBELIEVABLY RISKY because of the number of people who will die. If there is a vaccine or a treatment that you can give people as soon as they get infected to prevent them from suffering or dying, then you can try to go the route of herd immunity but if there is no treatment or vaccine it is very cruel to say people should get mass infections! Especially when you know that there will be tragically painful deaths. Who would wish that on anyone???

  22. mandy green

    mandy green12 orë më parë

    Like everyone is smoking weet in holland that is bullshit! i am from amsterdam and i am not smoking, BUT! they don't test here and that is discusting!

  23. andré bruinsma

    andré bruinsma12 orë më parë

    Holland is now on lockdown.

  24. Ghost_viKING 002

    Ghost_viKING 00212 orë më parë

    Our government is lying too (the Dutch government). There are reports of people dying of Corona and they don't even bother testing so the death rate is lower. You only get tested if you have all of the symptoms of the novel Coronavirus and not even always because they do it so strictly. They are doing almost nothing in comparison to other countries and aperenthly we are the one that does not grow percentage wise in total cases. We are even going down meanwhile other countries have lockdowns and are doing awfully. I don't buy it. I'm pretty disappointed in my government. I thought they were better than that :(.

  25. Mirtheous

    Mirtheous12 orë më parë

    Wow, Dutch people going to win the next Olympics.

  26. Just Another Monkey

    Just Another Monkey13 orë më parë

    This is a purge of old, sick, and weak. Herd of sheeple. Shame on you all who read this.

  27. Shining star

    Shining star13 orë më parë

    This is the most brilliant idea i've ever heard so far, in connection with corona virus pandemic. The solution I think is simple let us fight this virus with our own immune system. Strengthen our immune system and the others that cannot let us help them in the traditional health care system.

  28. Carlos Espino

    Carlos Espino13 orë më parë

    *Same thing happened during Spanish Flu, so it is expected to die 2/3 of the Population in The Netherlands. In some few more weeks we will see a Desperate Government and will forced people to lockdown into their houses , but the vast mayority of them will be already sick and will die inside of their homes. The Netherlands Rest in Peace*

  29. Jetty

    Jetty13 orë më parë

    It’s easy to do this when you have access to healthcare and aren’t already high risk :/

  30. Nathan Mead

    Nathan Mead13 orë më parë

    What about all the people that will die in the process 🤷🏻‍♂️

  31. Ricky

    Ricky13 orë më parë

    Their prime minister looks like an old Mark Wahlberg

  32. MsTuliplady

    MsTuliplady13 orë më parë

    Face facts. We all die. And we die these days with a whole hell of a lot more compassion and assistance these days. Imagine dying of disease just 200 years ago. We are soft as hell...

  33. MsTuliplady

    MsTuliplady14 orë më parë

    Why not quarentine old and ill people, and let healthy people get on with their lives?

  34. MsTuliplady

    MsTuliplady14 orë më parë

    I'm in the US, under stay at home order. This makes sense to me. Can I move there? Carelessness is a hard no, but... Herd immunity sounds like a smart solution

  35. dave gonzo

    dave gonzo14 orë më parë

    This is stupid. I am dutch and I can tell you these images are not from now. 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.....

  36. Dark GT

    Dark GT14 orë më parë

    That's communism level of shit. Letting people get sick can be bad idea of you get the old and with weak immune system to get infected too. They can't control so they gave up, hospital won't handle it. What if people aren't distributed equally and the hospitals can't handle the demand of respiratory and beds for the sick? I'm 100% agree that the only way to stop the Covid is to build immunity to it.


    PROTOTYPE GAMING14 orë më parë

    This sounds like a very bad idea 🤨 You tube: recommend a video where Corona has completely taking over minds🧐

  38. DeMarcus Cullors

    DeMarcus Cullors14 orë më parë

    The "Herd Immunity" argument assumes that once a person gets the disease they won't get it again. This has far from been determined with regards to COVID-19. We don't yet know for absolute certainty if you can get it again after having had it once. And as another comment replied, "Humans can also get the flu more than once," despite it regularly circulating freely, so that tactic is not guaranteed to be correct- despite the video seeming to suggest it is or will be. We simply need more time, and any one chosen tactic at this point is, to at least some degree, an educated hopeful stab at finding something that might work.

  39. Henry Savoy

    Henry Savoy15 orë më parë

    Is a good way to say if you survived. Good. If you don’t. You don’t. That’s is our solution.

  40. F H

    F H15 orë më parë

    Wij gaan onze naasten verliezen. Te weinig ic capaciteit. @ Geert Wilders doe wat.

  41. Charles Smiles

    Charles Smiles15 orë më parë

    CNN would never sanction the release of such content on their network. Hate Trump with a passion but its clear to me it’s their intent to scare the public and erode economic sentiment to ensure the downfall of donald trump at my expense.

  42. mobspeak

    mobspeak15 orë më parë

    Herd immunity is bullshit, we don't even have a cure for the common cold, the flu is seasonal meaning is mutates constantly and people keep getting a new strain. This is just governments letting thousands of people die.

  43. Todd Boothbee

    Todd Boothbee15 orë më parë

    If even dish cloths and bandannas work as masks to reduce infection rates, why not use those in the general population? That way economy need not shut down as much.

  44. Sam Hawkins

    Sam Hawkins15 orë më parë

    Only 1.2 % of your country will survive and when that happens Russia will take advantage of it and invade.

  45. maanvol

    maanvol15 orë më parë

    Just listen what Mr. Trump has to say about narco-state Netherlands: BBC:

  46. Mario V

    Mario V16 orë më parë

    The problem in Netherlands are the insurance companies. It is too expensive to treat people so this is the best way to save money. simple as that. They don´t care about people who die, if they save 1 euro.

  47. WaitedLongEnough

    WaitedLongEnough16 orë më parë

    By the time they get herd immunity, there wont be any herd left.

  48. David Owle

    David Owle16 orë më parë

    The Netherlands currently has a per capita death rate that only trails Italy, Spain, Andorra and San Marino. I sincerely hope they are reevaluating the herd immunity approach.

  49. MollieVX

    MollieVX16 orë më parë

    My only concern is that people who have once recovered are getting infected again... The herd immunity may take longer to develop if reinfection is a real danger.

  50. Gigsand Busking

    Gigsand Busking16 orë më parë

    Oh dear, how well is that going then? the old and infirm won't build immunity or are they dispensable? shocking and thank god I don't live there.

  51. Just Suzie

    Just Suzie16 orë më parë

    Anybody else read the title as Neanderthals the first couple times they read it?

  52. Reamann MacBiatiagh

    Reamann MacBiatiagh16 orë më parë

    And now the one that started the Hype is changing his mind

  53. Leyla Stark

    Leyla Stark17 orë më parë

    When the economy is more important than thousands of lives. When all of the hospitals are full, will they let the sick people die at home?

  54. Ivette R.

    Ivette R.17 orë më parë

    🗣🔊 A vaccine won’t be released because the whole point of this man made pandemia, is to reduce the population.

  55. Banagan

    Banagan17 orë më parë

    That reporter is fit

  56. Mr anthc888

    Mr anthc88817 orë më parë

    Prince charles survived 🤔

  57. al Gigirl

    al Gigirl17 orë më parë

    In the meantime for people to get infected if survive yeah if no .,then.... Seriously...

  58. Neil Ross

    Neil Ross17 orë më parë

    Finally some common sense. It's true, sooner or later your gonna get it. Its nature doing what nature does.

  59. EJ Ioane

    EJ Ioane18 orë më parë

    heard immunity can only be achieved is there is a vaccine around .havent humans learn anything from past epidemics?

  60. Darren Phillips

    Darren Phillips18 orë më parë

    The Dutch economy will be the only one to survive, this is generally the best thing to do

  61. alan johnson

    alan johnson18 orë më parë

    smoke pot ... vape ... lungs turn to SHIT ...COPD

  62. ambertjuhh67

    ambertjuhh6718 orë më parë

    Believe you me, we practice social distancing in The Netherlands. At home for 3 weeks

  63. alan johnson

    alan johnson18 orë më parë

    1 min mark what a LOSER STONER brain cells all but dead

  64. FuMe Dse

    FuMe Dse18 orë më parë


  65. KyssedByFyre

    KyssedByFyre19 orë më parë

    When your government chooses to make you their guinea pigs. Wow! Say what you will about the US, but damn at least we aren't just GIVING UP on our elderly and weakened.

  66. Apachurrale Produccion

    Apachurrale Produccion19 orë më parë

    Hate to tellya, There is no cure and there is no immunity

  67. HYPERX demz

    HYPERX demz19 orë më parë


  68. Alex Pandamann

    Alex Pandamann19 orë më parë

    The numbers at the end of the day will speak for themselves. The netherlands have nothing to be afraid of I think the weed has a positive effect on fear and panic.

  69. Emma Kamerbeek

    Emma Kamerbeek19 orë më parë

    Hey this is not true. We are also going through lock down. The only thing is that the prime Minister said in a speech that half of the population will get it, but it should be spread out. We are not trying to get it, we all know we'll get it, we just have to spread it out and we really are doing the stuff other countries are doing and protecting the people who are at risk.

  70. Sean Francis

    Sean Francis19 orë më parë

    They must be high or something... Oh wait

  71. aaron quinn

    aaron quinn20 orë më parë

    If you can take care of the sick properly then i hate to say it but this is the new reality i fear, as we cant keep this up forever. I don't want people dying for no reason though so Only if the sick can be treated. For example from Germanys death rate, herd immunity would be effective there.

  72. zwiebelblumen

    zwiebelblumen20 orë më parë

    What the world needs are massive herds of Care-bears

  73. Anime is tRash

    Anime is tRash20 orë më parë

    Netherlands in 2021 be like: no one: literally no one: seriously no one: not kidding no one:

  74. Lux Meow

    Lux Meow20 orë më parë

    These are not true leaders, real leaders sacrifice for their people not sacrifice their people due to their own fear. Cowards. At least wild animals get some peace from humanity. RIP Claus. Thursday, March 26th, <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="760">12:40</a>am 2020.

  75. Mono's Zoektocht Naar De Waarheid

    Mono's Zoektocht Naar De Waarheid20 orë më parë

    this is not true it is a fakery and a lie , i am dutch

  76. Rapid 2000

    Rapid 200020 orë më parë

    Why is every one an expert all of a sudden Every country in the world will loose people thanks to china . Let's judge when it's over

  77. Marika

    Marika20 orë më parë

    so they're prepping for pile of bodies....

  78. ashvin subbaiah

    ashvin subbaiah20 orë më parë

    It's not proven herd immunity can be a solution to covid19 situation. Yes our body will produce antibodies but again it's not proven that cured ppl can't get affected again so please clarify before taking essential steps bcuz it's a matter of life and death. Stay home, stay safe🙏

  79. Jhon Shmit

    Jhon Shmit20 orë më parë

    Riski business

  80. Christel De La Combé

    Christel De La Combé21 orë më parë

    How sterotypical to show the coffee shops. There is so much more going on in the Netherlands. How enoying and not very creative

  81. gertjan van der meij

    gertjan van der meij21 orë më parë

    Why not ? Corona is just an HOAX anyways !

  82. sweet dove

    sweet dove21 orë më parë

    if you watch the korean expert interviewed by the "asian boss", Netherlands' approach to combat the virus is totally off... omg!

  83. Arnold Apostol

    Arnold Apostol21 orë më parë

    Herd immunity? Say your goodbyes to your loved ones.

  84. SevenDeMagnus

    SevenDeMagnus21 orë më parë

    I hope this works.


    MAC THE SLOVAC21 orë më parë

    God I wish I could smoke weed