"Keep testing!"

Marion Koopmans on the end of the corona rules
Twee handen met een testbuisje en een wattenstaafje om een zelftest af te nemen
stapeltje blauwwitte zelftesten waarvan de bovenste negatieve zelftest goed zichtbaar is

From 23 March onwards, no measures will apply. In public transport, you no longer need to wear a mouth mask and keeping a distance of 1.5 metres was no longer compulsory. What remains is a number of recommendations.

Corona has not disappeared, nor has it become a cold

That does not mean that corona has disappeared, explains Marion Koopmans, professor of virology (Erasmus MC) and member of the Outbreak Management Team in the Dutch newspaper Financieel Dagblad. And it has not become a cold either.

"The image has arisen that covid is already a cold, but that is not true," says Koopmans. "That the situation is manageable at the moment is thanks to the high vaccination rate among the people most at risk of serious illness from covid."

Marion Koopmans geeft lezing

A good measure to keep in place

Nevertheless, testing remains important, Marion Koopmans tells RTL. "It is one of the relatively simple ways to keep track of the virus and also to be able to do something yourself, for example when you visit older people. The self-tests appear to be excellent for this purpose. You also see that this is done en masse. I think that's a good measure to keep in place."

Prof. M. (Marion) Koopmans
More information

Read the item of RTL Nieuws (in Dutch)

Read the article in Financieel Dagblad (in Dutch)

More about the corona related research of Marion Koopmans in our news dossier 'Impact in times of corona'

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