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

  • Frédéric AUDRIN
    Frédéric AUDRIN

    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.

  • Claudio Marani
    Claudio Marani


  • ranjan bhandary
    ranjan bhandary

    When Vice News Lost its mind!

  • andrew bintang
    andrew bintang

    so the owner of that coffeeshop told you his name was "meuk"? lol XD

  • Out of The Hat
    Out of The Hat

    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

  • Mario F.
    Mario F.

    Donwvoted for misleading title -___-

  • Peter Barta
    Peter Barta

    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

  • arno shroif
    arno shroif

    All these triggered dutch morons in the comments lol.

  • george harper
    george harper

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

  • bob hite
    bob hite


  • Cry You a Desert
    Cry You a Desert

    i thought British did this and it failed

  • Shane wickham
    Shane wickham

    There so hip

  • bob stone
    bob stone

    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.

  • Abdul Azeez
    Abdul Azeez

    Herd immunity will kill a lot of people. This is madness . These are humans not animals

  • Shauni van Augurk
    Shauni van Augurk

    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😋

  • Esteban Brijbag
    Esteban Brijbag

    this a lot of blinking

  • Unicorn 1
    Unicorn 1

    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.

  • Master Richie
    Master Richie

    See how the officials see common people? They see us as a bunch of cattle

  • HallieYoung21

    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.

  • cizlerable

    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.

  • Tim Johnson
    Tim Johnson

    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.

  • Pariksha10

    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

  • AnnaMB

    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.

  • UnitedStatesOfTerrorists

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

  • protexusa

    For me herd reminds me cattle ,and cattle usualy go to slaughterhouse.

  • Bruno Nunez
    Bruno Nunez

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="25">0:25</a> he sounds like a British guy talking backwards

  • Howard Li
    Howard Li

    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.

  • jag251080

    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

  • Ron Tailwind
    Ron Tailwind

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

  • Maria Garcia
    Maria Garcia

    Not gonna they had me for a second there. This experiment is a little risky

  • Michael Seo
    Michael Seo

    LMAO .... a weed shop ? vital for netherlands huh? lol

  • H Van Kooten
    H Van Kooten

    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!

  • George Soto
    George Soto

    Probably the best thing to do tbh

  • Jack Gunn
    Jack Gunn

    This makes the most sense to me. Yes, a lot of people will die from the virus, but the alternative is worse.

    • oschoa

      @Jack Gunn fair enough

    • Jack Gunn
      Jack Gunn

      @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.

    • oschoa

      what's the alternative?

  • Archea AURORA MotherOfNewCreation
    Archea AURORA MotherOfNewCreation

    My ppl 💋🌟

  • Archea AURORA MotherOfNewCreation
    Archea AURORA MotherOfNewCreation

    Bravo .

  • joe 90
    joe 90

    Smoke enough Weed Smendricks that's enough to kill anything

  • Padraigh Wright
    Padraigh Wright

    In the end the dutch will be right. Do not underestimate the power behind the dutch way of thinking.

  • TA Lindsay
    TA Lindsay

    I know they are also doing this in Sweden. It will be interesting to see in 6 months which society makes out better.

  • joko tri
    joko tri

    Well, you have over 1000 deaths now in relatively small country. So well played asshole, gambling with people's live

  • Polandski

    Does anybody know what are the statistics about dies related to ordinary flu this year ?

  • Black Mack
    Black Mack

    they should try this with AIDS

  • Arlin Birkby
    Arlin Birkby

    I did the math guys, even if all goes well 60% of 17.8 million (Netherlands pop) is ten million six hundred eighty thousand, then the fatality rate at best is 1% so 106,800 people will die, assuming everything goes perfectly.

  • Ares Walker
    Ares Walker

    How many tests are they doing? How many medical staff, equipments and beds in their hospitals do they have? What proofs do they have about herd immunity if we don't even know of people who were sick once can get the virus again or if they're now immune? If there's no answers to these questions then they're just waiting for the worst to happen like trump did.

  • What about this
    What about this

    Omg and i can dream again of being there hah

  • Smegma Lasagna
    Smegma Lasagna

    We are actually doing the opposite of what the title says. Which is telling the citizens that they have to stay at home and enforce isolation. Though herd immunity will probably eventually have to be a thing.

  • Lo Nie
    Lo Nie

    Be prepared to be Italy or Spain in the next weeks... inmunity is not an easy task

  • John McCourt
    John McCourt

    Heard immunity will happen naturally

  • Dingle Stingle
    Dingle Stingle

    What is a flu vaccine? Gives people the flu. Yeah I will never get one.


    This is not flu nor related

  • saša

    I volunteer to get coronavirus, seriously. Because I hate fucking expectation.

  • jutubaeh

    cöGh GöGh v ? v

  • BlahBlah Rahman
    BlahBlah Rahman

    Wow, the title.

  • Jackson Estacado
    Jackson Estacado

    Herd immunity, means 1 part of the herd gets an immunity. The rest of the herd dies. So only the healthy part of the herd passes the immunity to their young. That's what happened with the plagues and influenza's of the past. Immunity gets passed on through breeding. You can pass to others viruses, bacteria through touch, not immunity. What is it, a magic immunity. Do people believe in magic again, why didn't anyone tell me.

  • Stone Hedge
    Stone Hedge

    You know what happens to herds? The weak die! 🐆🐆🐆🍴🍴🐄🐄🐄

  • Nekminute
    Nekminute you peasants cant make decisions for yourselves, so we'll make them for you

    • Remco Noordermeer
      Remco Noordermeer

      That’s exactly the opposite of what the Dutch government is doing. Stop trolling please.

    • Jack Gunn
      Jack Gunn

      Um.... that's literally what every other government in every other country is saying when they tell you to close your business, stay home, and pray you can still pay your rent.

  • Costantino De Paoli
    Costantino De Paoli

    This is atheism

  • Stop hate Hate crimes world wide.
    Stop hate Hate crimes world wide.

    FEMA Virus control plan, population control. also look China 1 month a head with program, this is Agenda 21 now. Netherlands beat the virus and prove bill gates n nwo fake.

  • Coen van Winkelhoff
    Coen van Winkelhoff

    So sad that they had to interview coffee shop owners. The Netherlands is not just about weed guys! Also, our government is not letting people get sick. We have to stay inside like all other people do. I find this video to be very biased and misleading and it makes me doubt the Vice documentaries I have see so far.

  • Bekah

    Except 3% or more of the "herd" or population will die. So good luck on making enough room in your hospitals, morgues, cemeteries & crematoriums. Its actually better to constantly wash hands and clean surfaces. Sanitize & disinfect your body & environment. Try to avoid communal activities & find your own space to occupy. Stay in your room for a few months. Be careful what you eat don't eat food that has been handled by many others hands. Grow your own vegetables (or wash them properly) make your own bread at home. This virus can kill any age. Stay isolated, stay clean to stay alive.

  • Christopher Regnery
    Christopher Regnery

    What if your immunity lasts only a year? Are you going to just try and get it every year? This likely isn't the chickenpox. Single-stranded RNA mutates often.

  • Doreen Chang
    Doreen Chang

    Herd immunity is not proven to function scientifically and virus as unpredictable as such can mutate. However, I mean if the PM really wants to try this experiment out, he can apply it on himself first.... Don't risk the people. The elderly does not deserve this.

  • YouTube Moderator
    YouTube Moderator

    Cool! Do AIDS next Euro-dopes!

  • Mishy Mish
    Mishy Mish

    Darwin was almost right. The fittest n the richest survive.

  • Li Mr
    Li Mr

    SO Funny when you look back now. Good for your people.


    Netherlands ..... Hold my beer

  • Rupalii

    as someone from the uk, with a government that started the same way, this is a really stupid idea

  • Makale Fitzgerald
    Makale Fitzgerald

    "once you have it your body starts up immunity" um hello! People are dying by the thousands every day! Not everyone survives. Wow..are they not following what's happening around the world!?!

  • carguy

    So they are killing their people until all the ones left are immune! Why didn't everyone else think of that? In two months: dead people everywhere

    • jim mij
      jim mij

      Wow you are a genius!

  • kudorgyozo

    Corona virus can be contracted multiple times I think.

  • ZMacZ Furreh
    ZMacZ Furreh

    Herd immunity is just about the worst kind of outcome to random infection, nationwide. In that case I vote for ISP-FIR Therapy, which has a much better survival rate. this would also involving being exposed to infection, but would also take all neccesary steps beforehand to optimze success first, and could actually be done on a larger scale, since the optimized success rate would decerase the volume of people needing healthcare, ventilators and such, and would also forego many of the nasty side-effects like kidney and lung damage, for prolonged time.

    • ZMacZ Furreh
      ZMacZ Furreh

      ISP-FIR is an experimental treatment that offers far better chance for survival than waiting for random infection to happen, and hoping to live. It's Immune System Primed-Forced Immune Response therapy. And involves exposure to a virus at the patient's side optimized survival success rate, which may be called Imune System Priming. The priming of the immune system means giving the patient certain medications and treatments, to allow for preperation of teh body for infection, while teh infection itself doesn't allow standard viral progress throughout the body, but instead triggers an immune response from the start, disallowing the viral infection to build up first. Then knowing the exact time of infection, and it propagation rate, any ant virals known to have a significant effect on the viral body count, can be applied to keep the spread to a minimum, and thus giving the body optimized time for a correct antibody response. MUCH better than random infection on the street and such.

  • Yannick Kors
    Yannick Kors

    Article on corona, or coffeeshops? tragic reporting

  • Gertjan Brinkers
    Gertjan Brinkers

    A country is never more reinforced then by its psychos

  • DudleyTheDragon 420
    DudleyTheDragon 420

    Stock up on the miracle medicines and keep your immune system strong Water Rick simpson oil Tumeric Lemon Ginger Garlic Stay healthy

  • Gertjan Brinkers
    Gertjan Brinkers

    The day after The Netherlands went into lockdown, the prime minister reiterated again that out of the 3 options available, herd immunity and uncontrolled spreading was not one of the choices. Vice is sounding off like an alcoholic drinking against the return of a hangover

  • Gertjan Brinkers
    Gertjan Brinkers

    I unsubscribed from Vice months ago

  • Umesh

    Plus their population is less. So don't really need to flatten the curve per se.

  • Steven Du toit
    Steven Du toit

    My sentiment actually.

  • Steven Lee
    Steven Lee

    Negan is in Holland, smoking pot.