Coronavirus in the Netherlands is being viewed from a scientific viewpoint by the Dutch government, and the science is showing that masks are ineffective so the government has opted against issuing a national mask-wearing order.
According to Breitbart: “The Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark made the decision after a review by the country’s National Institute for Health (RIVM).”
Van Ark explained:
Because from a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there will be no national obligation for wearing non-medical masks.
The Dutch government is worried that incorrect mask-wearing is more of a threat and that proper social distancing is more effective than masks. They are still encouraging people to stay home as much as possible and to maintain social distance when out.
There is certainly a lot of incorrect mask-wearing in the US. People are reusing masks, frequently touching them, wearing them under the nose, etc.
The required social distance is 5 feet in the Netherlands. Children are allowed to go to school and are not required to socially distance. The RIVM recommends frequent handwashing to keep COVID-19 under control.
The Netherlands, a country of over 17 million people, has around 54 thousand confirmed cases, and 6,147 deaths since March 7. The cases peaked in April with 1,335 new cases but dropped to less than half that number by early May. The current uptick in cases is around 200 new cases a day. 88% of COVID-19 deaths were persons over 70 years of age.
Meanwhile, in the US, the coronavirus is hyper-politicized and fearmongering abounds, but to really understand what the coronavirus is doing in the US, get away from the headlines, and read the statistics.
US COVID-19 statistics are 4.5 million cases and 153,000 deaths. More than 58 million coronavirus tests have been recorded as of July 29th.
In the US, CDC director Robert Redfield has said that the infection rate, based on antibody testing, could be 10 to 24 times higher than the confirmed cases being reported. At 10 times greater, that would bring the US to 45 million infected, and a death rate of .0034%, and at 24 times greater cases would be at 108 million and .0014% death rate. That is a third of the US population.
If the Redfield is right, the US is much farther along in the quest towards herd immunity than previously thought.