“It’s not a video game, people really die from coronavirus”

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Marc Van Ranst addresses young people: “It’s not a video game, people really die from coronavirus”


According to the virologist, young people are not affected enough by the communication around the coronavirus. Some of the young people who are on respirators participated in the decried “lockdownparty’s

“Our communication does not reach enough groups, such as young people.” This is what Professor Marc Van Ranst said in De Afspaark this Wednesday evening. The virologist said that some of the young people who are lying in intensive care and placed on artificial respiration participated in the famous “lockdownparty’s” on Friday March 13, just before midnight, just before the strict measures came into force.

Our country can be praised, including by the Financial Times, for communicating virologists to the general public, but when Van Ranst was confronted with this in De Afspraak, he immediately replied that one could never communicate too much. “You can never go beyond that,” said Van Ranst, and immediately noted that some groups are not yet affected enough. “Young people are part of it,” said Van Ranst, “We still have a lot to explain to them. ”

Van Ranst also explained that you have to rely on “influencers” to reach this group, “because we are not seen as reliable or as an example.” Communication with young people, he says, can also be somewhat “intimidating”. “Among the young people who are now lying in intensive care and on a ventilator, many have participated in the lockdown parties,” said Van Ranst. According to the virologist at KU Leuven, it should be made clear to young people: “This is not a video game, people really die”.

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