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 News8 kun oldin

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  2. dave gonzo

    dave gonzoKun oldin

    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

    Zbriu2 kun oldin

    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

    Oki2 kun oldin

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

  5. Andypirate

    Andypirate2 kun oldin

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

  6. Javier Fernandez

    Javier Fernandez3 kun oldin

    Like you never ate a bat. Stfu

  7. nemonucliosis

    nemonucliosis24 daqiqa oldin

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

  8. Do Rine

    Do Rine45 daqiqa oldin

    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!!!)

  9. Matty Gauthier

    Matty Gauthier45 daqiqa oldin

    Viking blood strong

  10. Roselee Lauper

    Roselee Lauper58 daqiqa oldin

    this MD will give you explanation as real as it can be, SHARE THIS!!

  11. Jakhi Sammy

    Jakhi SammySoat oldin

    Welcome to 2020 !

  12. Tanuki

    Tanuki2 soat oldin

    Sounds great until people realize they may be part of the group that dies.

  13. NemeanLion

    NemeanLion3 soat oldin

    This theory sounds like it’s based on people not getting reinfected and the virus not mutating. This is one hell of a gamble if true.

  14. Karla Rodríguez

    Karla Rodríguez3 soat oldin

    Further information is needed. There's small evidence that people get infected can get sick again, also a viruses mutate easily. Yesterday our health secretary said that people that got infected is not showing antibodies anymore. Whatever it is I think we are way far to know, but hopefully scientist can figure this out. It hurts when my mom says... "When I come back to work next week", she hasn't realized we have to live with this virus after the quarantine and as an article said, dance with it.

  15. owen noggle

    owen noggle3 soat oldin

    I N S A N I T Y ...It's Like ..Rolling The DICE On Your ''Life " ...With The ''Herd Mentality" SOON No Longer..Will Be (Heard) The Elderly Generation....Some People Will Never Be ''Immune" To..S t u p i d i t y ..

  16. Kaiser B

    Kaiser B4 soat oldin

    I agree with the Dutch

  17. Paul Nagy

    Paul Nagy5 soat oldin

    This video creates such a wrong image of how it's actually here. Good job on the views Vice

  18. Mentula Magna

    Mentula Magna5 soat oldin

    Does anyone explianed to this Genius Virus Can Mutate ???

  19. larryorzepa

    larryorzepa5 soat oldin

    This is 100% false!! Pure fake news! Greetings from Amsterdam

  20. Leslie Horwinkle

    Leslie Horwinkle6 soat oldin

    Uh, isn't this what every country 'flattening the curve' is trying to do? I don't think we're kidding ourselves to think it's going to disappear.

  21. jimpomac

    jimpomac6 soat oldin

    There is no such thing as "Herd immunity". You cannot transfer antibodies from one person to another except by Vaccination, This is a stupid idea which which only ends up with a catastrophic number of deaths. Culling of the herd would be a more accurate description , where the weak and vulnerable are killed off and only survivors are left. Even if this succeeds, what happens when ,as it always does, the virus mutates again. Immunity will likely not work on a mutated strain. Why doesn't this article mention any of this ? Fucking irresponsible piece of Yellow journalism !

  22. dontnickmyname

    dontnickmyname7 soat oldin

    I am for The Netherlands and the streets are quite empty here. Our PM made a huge mistake with his 'herd immunity comment'. The day after he changed plans ;) This video is partly 'fake news' and mostly outdated. For example, yesterday we broke the traffic record on internet. Nearly everyone works from home, watches Netflix and porn or is playing videogames.

  23. m Ds

    m Ds7 soat oldin

    Herd of morons

  24. Tony o farrell

    Tony o farrell7 soat oldin

    This is actually euthanasia by the state ,they know it will be the old and sick who will die

  25. Lena

    Lena8 soat oldin

    Of course you can apply this in a country where their people knows how to make things in order, try their best and the goverment have enough money to support their people, in my country, people is fighting for toilet paper, and after all this shit, we gonna get poor af.

  26. K S S

    K S S9 soat oldin

    Wasn't it a bad plan sir?

  27. electro1622

    electro16229 soat oldin

    what happens when the virus mutates, which it will....where's the heard immunity then..???

  28. Jon Uncensored

    Jon Uncensored9 soat oldin

    So how's it working for Netherlands now ?

  29. Glenn Zlotowski

    Glenn Zlotowski10 soat oldin

    Failed experiment , it has to be 80% of the world . This strain of coronovirus has never been seen before . So the virus can be gotten many times and also the mutations of it. This means nothing

  30. Checkmate025

    Checkmate02510 soat oldin

    The Dutch are unloading the seniors in order to keep the pension fund "still" intact

  31. girlonmission

    girlonmission10 soat oldin

    Fake news. The Netherlands is the only place I wanna be right now. We have one of the best health care in the world.

  32. David Gunning

    David Gunning10 soat oldin


  33. MK

    MK10 soat oldin

    Yo Vice, fake news.

  34. Retire14 Pattaya

    Retire14 Pattaya10 soat oldin

    They are right it will last too godawful long and destroy the economy maybe for decades.

  35. Danny Nguyen

    Danny Nguyen11 soat oldin

    Prime minister: *takes a hit* what if, herd immunity?

  36. Iris van den Heuvel

    Iris van den Heuvel11 soat oldin

    The situation is not as black and white as portrayed here; we've been in partial lockdown for a while, and will be until (at least) june. You can be fined up to €400 for being in a group of over 2 people and not keeping 1,5m distance. The park shown in the video is closed now.

  37. Sakia Cottrell

    Sakia Cottrell11 soat oldin

    Wow population control at it finest

  38. Stefan

    Stefan11 soat oldin

    I'm living in Amsterdam right now and I see it as basically a way for the government to save face - basically putting a positive spin on "we don't have enough tests or resources to actually control this - we are as fucked as everyone else". Dutch "herd immunity" is a public-relations campaign, not a health strategy

  39. Pineaplle

    Pineaplle11 soat oldin

    Just smoke weed and join the herd. Grandma and grandpa are not scared of Corona virus they are scared because of 2 milion Arabs and Turks are in my country. For the rest Holland is a nice country.

  40. Bram Slootmans

    Bram Slootmans11 soat oldin

    OKAY, LET ME GET ONE THING STRAIGHT.. The main goal is not to get everybody infected, but it is naïeve to think that you can stop this virus by just locking down a country. Even if that would happen, the virus will return occasionally, infecting thousands of people again. So yeah, the Dutch government is trying to contain it in an “open” way, but they know that it can’t be stopped. Only slowed down.

  41. Have you Been Tongued by an Imam?

    Have you Been Tongued by an Imam?12 soat oldin

    Why do Muslim's Not Wish to Possibly Advance?

  42. juulcy

    juulcy12 soat oldin

    I live in the Netherlands. The plan is twofold. Slow down the spread by limiting contact (all the rules that apply in other countries but just a little less strict) so that there remain enough places in hospital and ICU But also build up immunity. Children are allowed to play outdoors with each other for example. How long can you remain in total lockdown, waiting for a vaccin?? That won’t work.

  43. Mayank Tiwari

    Mayank Tiwari13 soat oldin

    just what do these people smoke, i wonder.

  44. Brad K

    Brad K13 soat oldin

    The whole country's on weed, what do you expect?

  45. Dan M

    Dan M13 soat oldin

    The epitome of FAKE NEWS- Vice, Washington Post, CNN ..........

  46. SystemExclusive

    SystemExclusive13 soat oldin

    'In times like this people wanna get high, real high and real fast!

  47. carpog

    carpog13 soat oldin

    This policy is bonkers. The Netherlands has one of the highest per capita death rates from COVID-19. Based on 60% herd immunity: 60% of 17 million population is 10.2 million. COVID-19 percentage of deaths 0.5-1%. That would mean 50,000 -100,000 deaths....

  48. exp -tary

    exp -tary13 soat oldin

    Dutch always out of the box. No Nation is brave to try what you do. People too worry about the deaths.

  49. slickleg64

    slickleg6414 soat oldin

    Haha haha of course vice interviews the coffee shops first, bloody stoners.

  50. Iris Bos

    Iris Bos14 soat oldin

    No we’re not. No we’re not. Please research before you post Vice.

  51. savvysearch

    savvysearch14 soat oldin

    The reason this is so stupid is that coronavirus is acting like the flu or cold, but deadlier. Do we have herd immunity to the flu and cold? No! We just reinfect everyone every single year. And every time you get it, you feel like you’re gonna die. Your body never gets used to it, because immunity only lasts for about a year.

  52. Jeroen M

    Jeroen M15 soat oldin

    That’s simply untrue and a simplification of how “we” treat this monster. We’re in an “intelligent lockdown”, which means that everybody is asked to stay inside. Everybody is free to do so or not. Most people (by far) follow that request! The 1,5 meter is holy, and as a matter of fact police is allowed to fine you if you don’t follow that rule.

  53. M TAU

    M TAU15 soat oldin

    So, people in teh Netherlands are the guinea pigs for a virus that not only can kill but leave patients with lifelong respiratory disabilities??

  54. Warclimb

    Warclimb15 soat oldin

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="210">3:30</a> So she gives a very professional speech with a bold theory and at the end just dropped "We have no idea about this" WTF LADY?!

  55. savvysearch

    savvysearch15 soat oldin

    This is not a herd community approach. It’s just a do nothing approach. This is beyond dumb. So you kill 2-4% of your population early on rather than later on when there is better treatments and a possible vaccine. How is this a strategy?

  56. John

    John15 soat oldin

    I feel sorry for the population if this strategy backfires as it has in the UK. It seems that this strategy sacrifices the elderly in thousands.

  57. Summer Time

    Summer Time16 soat oldin

    Purpose serverd of this video.... I am scared now... From India

  58. Supa - F3y

    Supa - F3y17 soat oldin

    The Netherlands!!!! ❤

  59. Pratap D

    Pratap D18 soat oldin

    Herd is the reason to spread and complete breakdown of medical system. Reason for many fatalities in Spain due to football match with Italy. This is like facing bullet without bullet proof vest, not a good idea to pursue. I knew in past Netherlands was lazy, now I am afraid they are stupid too 😂🙏

  60. Fiona Battrum

    Fiona Battrum18 soat oldin

    Why don’t they try Herd Immunity against Ebola. Yeah Right.

  61. Fright F0000

    Fright F000018 soat oldin

    I thought herd immunity happens best when you have a vaccine? WE DONT HAVE A VACCINE.

  62. TheAlexlab

    TheAlexlab18 soat oldin

    864 dead in the Netherlands. It seems to be working.

  63. Jimskateuk

    Jimskateuk18 soat oldin

    find some videos of patients in later stages that arent allowed on youtube Then come back and tell me you still support this stupid fucking idea. And make sure their faces arent in bandages. Go and have a good look.

  64. Joe speick

    Joe speick19 soat oldin

    Look at stupid those people are once you get it you build up immunity that's only if you survive and you do not build up immunity for very long because if that was true people would not keep getting these so-called common flu every year

  65. Cassandra Stornoway

    Cassandra Stornoway19 soat oldin


  66. SoYou Know

    SoYou Know21 soat oldin

    It's all about money.

  67. Ozzy Sprague

    Ozzy Sprague21 soat oldin

    Even if that is remotely true and they want to contract it to beat it... there's nothing so far that says you can't contract it again (that I've heard anyway, correct me if I'm wrong).... this a virus not the fucking chicken pox.... Jesus fucking Christ we're all fucked.

  68. Mark Hall

    Mark Hall21 soat oldin

    The Dutch are always ahead of the curve. Must be nice to live in an intelligent society.

  69. SWAN 3

    SWAN 321 soat oldin

    Netherlands These are the devils behind the evil United Nations in play. This is the UN population control under sustainable development. They are all hiding behind a green mask. Read the sinister 17 goals because it’s right under your noses. This is why the China funded WHO allowed the spread early on. Meanwhile seniors our mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, every person with ore-existing conditions will eventually be die with this virus and these idiots are talking immunity. Conscienceless countries. It’s shameful that puppet leaders know about agenda 21/2030. The UN 🇺🇳 players will have their eternity in hell where they belong for being disobedient to God. You won’t escape any of you UN supporters. Your Good as dead 💀. The innocent will inherit Gods kingdom in heaven for eternity. ⭐️ 👼 ✝️ ✝️ 🎇🌅👼⭐️👨‍👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👦✝️✝️✝️👩‍👦👨‍👨‍👦👨‍👩‍👦👨‍👩‍👧🧍🏻‍♂️🧍🏻👭🏾👩🏿‍🤝‍👨🏽👩‍👦‍👦👩‍👧‍👦✝️

  70. Evan Pozzi

    Evan Pozzi21 soat oldin

    Smart thinking!jump outta the frying pan and into the fire head 1st!

  71. Vini Biza

    Vini Biza22 soat oldin

    This is nothing new in Netherlands, they exterminated all their drug addicts in 80s by giving them free drugs to kill them off. The grand fountain was piled by bodies

  72. 『 Vinicius 』

    『 Vinicius 』22 soat oldin

    CANNABIS helping people since...

  73. Aurius Blancheman

    Aurius Blancheman23 soat oldin

    I must have missed something with all this I didn't read anywhere that this virus can strengthen your immunity since so much is unknown...

  74. SweatyHomophobe

    SweatyHomophobe23 soat oldin

    This country thinks like a stoned teenager

  75. Sis Marion

    Sis Marion23 soat oldin

    Thanks for bringing your immunity to me all the way to France, Netherlands!

  76. Sis Marion

    Sis Marion23 soat oldin

    "It was a tough decision to make but it's best I sacrifice yourselves"

  77. Sujoy Mukherji

    Sujoy Mukherji23 soat oldin

    I know this sounds crazy, but how about doing a controlled population infection with this virus (like in a hospital) and right away curing them with the required treatment. But doing a controlled population infection at the earliest stage. What I am trying to say, if I go to a hospital, the doctor gives me a mild Carona virus dose by injecting the virus in my body, and then after an hour (when I still don’t have any symptoms) starts giving me treatment to make my body immune from this virus. Will that work?

  78. Panda Bear

    Panda BearKun oldin

    OMEGALOL. Get rektd

  79. James Hopper

    James HopperKun oldin

    Only news of corona virus that make sense

  80. ILoveHorses❤🐎

    ILoveHorses❤🐎Kun oldin

    Ok, " herd immunity?" Then will someone explain "Re-infection" then? Immunity, or not? Hullo!

  81. Mark

    MarkKun oldin

    Heard immunity is great until someone loses a parent.

  82. eu mesmo

    eu mesmoKun oldin

    So thats what the rest of the world is doing wrong, we just need to let people get the coronavirus and......... oh wait.

  83. StriderCX 2nd

    StriderCX 2ndKun oldin

    I'm curious to see how this turns out. Won't the elderly still die though? They won't get so called 'Herd Immunity.' Also can't you get this twice? I just don't know, am not an expert.

  84. Nutty dishwasher

    Nutty dishwasher13 soat oldin

    No one can call himself an expert on this yet, but generally people who already had the virus and recovered from it, can still get sick again but not as much as before, like the flu. I was sick weeks ago, no idea if it was Corona but many of the symptoms where there, coughing, headache, nausea, the whole family was like that, but NO fever. I still have an upper respiratory infection 4 weeks after that, the longest I ever had. So yeah, Corona or not?...Am I still contagious...maybe? I still stay away from people outside of my family for safety sake.

  85. mimi li

    mimi liKun oldin

    That's a lazy, irresponsible and cruel government. They could have done more to srop the spread like Taiwan, South Korea, to prevent unnecessary deaths. But now they sit there and tell people that we will gamble people's lives and see who will survive! My god, how can you guys accept such idiotic politicians to ruin your life!

  86. KingsmanKnights

    KingsmanKnightsKun oldin