Netherlands: A kit to voluntarily contract the coronavirus went on sale | An Anti-Vaccine Strategy to Avoid Restrictions

While the authorities of the Netherlands seek to contain the new outbreak of coronavirus with confinements and restrictive measures, a group of anti-vaccines promotes the voluntary infections with the sale of a kit which includes a injectable liquid with virus and antigen test to verify the success of the infection.

As explained on the website that sells these “autocontagio kits” at a value of 33,50 euros ($ 37.64), the idea arose from an anti-vaccine sector based on measures taken by the Dutch government, which restrict transit and access to public places to those who are not immunized.

In order to access these spaces, citizens must show a QR code This is obtained through two ways: having been inoculated against the coronavirus – an option resisted by anti-vaccines – or having been infected with the virus.

To achieve this last objective, a kit was put on sale that includes an injectable liquid with the virus and a test of antigens to verify that the buyer managed to contract the disease. In case contagion is not achieved, whoever purchased the kit may require a second package at a lower price.

According to local media, the product has had a demand quite tall, especially after the government imposed new measures with the intention of curbing the accelerated increase in infections.

“Despite the fact that we are all working very hard to be able to serve both patients with covid-19, as well as others, apparently there are organizations looking to spread the virus. That seems scandalous to me”Said Marina Eckenhausen, Inspector General of the Health and Youth Care Inspectorate.

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Eckenhausen described the campaign launched by the website as a slap in the face for “all those people who have worked for more than a year and a half to fight the pandemic.” Furthermore, he warned, it is “Very dangerous to intentionally inject” the virus, since “you put yourself in danger and you put everyone around you in danger”.

Similar cases

These types of strategies are not exclusive to the Netherlands: something similar happened in Austria, where several patients with voluntary infections were reported, one of whom died of the disease. The country faces a increase in cases and low vaccination rates, so the government also decreed a general confinement.

On ItalyFurthermore, the Bolzano Prosecutor’s Office investigates a phenomenon known as “Crown-parties”, a practice that has become fashionable among young people to get coronavirus with the intention of overcoming the disease and obtaining a health certificate.

“In a closed room, with a positive person of the Delta variant, between 5 and 10 people can easily be infected in one night. We are talking above all about young people who, worried about the possible restrictions for those who do not have the ‘Green Pass’ ( health certificate) thus try to get immunization, “explained Patrick Franzoni, vice coordinator of the Covid unit in Bolzano.

“Many are convinced that it is just a flu“, but” there are long-term consequences and they too can end up in hospital, “warned Franzoni.