The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

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A huge thanks to the experts who helped us on short notice with the video. Especially “Our World in Data”, the online publication for research and data on the world’s largest problems - and how to make progress solving them. Check out their site. It also includes a constantly updated page on the Corona Pandemic.
In December 2019 the Chinese authorities notified the world that a virus was spreading through their communities. In the following months it spread to other countries, with cases doubling within days. This virus is the “Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2”, that causes the disease called COVID19, and that everyone simply calls Coronavirus.
What actually happens when it infects a human and what should we all do?
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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshellпреди 12 дни

    Phew. That might have been the fastest we ever made a video. Literally working day and night. A huge challenge in talking about Corona was that the science is ongoing. So we put in extra special care to have good sources for this video and will update them in the coming weeks and months. Check them out here: We could not have made this video without experts who took time in one of the busiest periods of their own careers. A huge thanks especially to Dr James Gurney and Dr Max Roser of Our World in Data for helping us make sure the video was as accurate as it could be in a situation that is changing daily. Also a big shoutout to - the online publication for research and data on the world’s largest problems - and how to make progress solving them. Check out their site. It also includes a constantly updated page on the Corona Pandemic. Working together with them over the years has been a delight. Ok. We are very tired and are going to take a nap now. Stay healthy!

  2. Aaron Day

    Aaron Dayпреди ден

    Way to go to go China!! Lets just eat Bats with tons of diseases, posinus fish, and other exotic animals so we can get sick and give the whole world a virus!

  3. The Tik-Tok Man

    The Tik-Tok Manпреди 7 дни

    brilliant work as usual. Love the animations & clear, concise explanations. Well done team!

  4. ABetterWeapon

    ABetterWeaponпреди 10 дни


  5. Rodrigo Py

    Rodrigo Pyпреди 12 дни

    Hey! Great video! I'm a Physical Therapist in Brazil and your video is one of the best out there because provides useful and accurate information in such short video. Is there a way of you releasing this video in other languages as well? Thanks!

  6. Ching Wei Xion

    Ching Wei Xionпреди 12 дни

    Great job.! Probably the best Covid-19 video out there...

  7. Antonio C.

    Antonio C.преди 5 часа

    I was planning do a research intership in august, by then you think international flies and migration will be allowed ? Im going to europe btw

  8. Tik Tok funny vids

    Tik Tok funny vidsпреди 5 часа

    My body has a 2,000 ton filtration immune system! I’m the one to survive


    HEAD SHOTпреди 5 часа

    Cold boy 97

  10. vairoafam 146

    vairoafam 146преди 5 часа

    Everyone: 2020 is gonna be the year 3 months later: Disappointment


    HUE TRUONGпреди 6 часа

    An idea for next video: Random thoughts, beacause somebody when doing somethings, a random idea will pop out

  12. nicholas Harrington

    nicholas Harringtonпреди 6 часа

    Nobody: Fortnite players: *yes! More time to qualify for the world cup!* But actually guys, stay safe!

  13. EnchantedPointless

    EnchantedPointlessпреди 6 часа

    "soap breaks down fat" fat people: gimme all your stock!

  14. It Me Gibby

    It Me Gibbyпреди 6 часа

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="302">5:02</a> Welp... that didn't age well.

  15. David Nacey

    David Naceyпреди 6 часа

    Trump in early March: Stop all immigration and ban travel. Media: Trump is being a racist. Trump: Shut down the economy. Media: Trump is not doing enough. Trump: Let's help all those affected with money payments and loans. Media and Democrats: Trump just wants to help his friends. Trump: Let's reopen the economy on a targeted basis to better help the vulnerable. Media: Trump wants people to die. Trump: Let's build more ventilators and health care infrastructure. Media and Democrats: Let's make this about abortion, climate, and wages. American People: We know who's on our side. Trump 2020, MAGA, KAG.

  16. ed j

    ed jпреди 6 часа

    I can't find soap in any stores. I guess I'm screwed

  17. Hannah Tomfohrde

    Hannah Tomfohrdeпреди 6 часа


  18. Wasterin

    Wasterinпреди 6 часа

    So are we in a slow pandemic or fast pandemic ..? What you think ?

  19. Untold_ Tea

    Untold_ Teaпреди 6 часа

    Fast pandemic, trump said in the next 2 weeks about 100,000 people will die, so the number of actually infected people is way larger. Trump said a smaller number to not make people panic too much, the actual number of people who will die will be about from 100,000 to 200,000 people. Stay safe.

  20. brendan kaneko

    brendan kanekoпреди 7 часа

    If that's possible

  21. brendan kaneko

    brendan kanekoпреди 7 часа

    Where are the bacteriophages? I hope they can kill the Corona-Virus quick enough.

  22. Tom Chafey

    Tom Chafeyпреди 7 часа

    Who are the downvotes? I'd love to hear those peoples opinion. Just kidding morons.

  23. Dudelike Guy

    Dudelike Guyпреди 7 часа

    Wow. One of the best overall explanations I've watched out of many! Thanks!!

  24. R Dog

    R Dogпреди 7 часа

    wow this reminds me of my HSP maybe its connected somehow huh maybe someone should look into that im no doctor just sounds the same as what i had back when i was 8

  25. Andrey Saron

    Andrey Saronпреди 8 часа

    Пожалуйста переводите видео на русский и дальше

  26. Abraham Gomez

    Abraham Gomezпреди 8 часа

    I hate your channel

  27. Teru-Dale Wilson

    Teru-Dale Wilsonпреди 8 часа

    Watching this on BGgo at the same time it's playing on TV.

  28. Craig Murphy

    Craig Murphyпреди 8 часа

    Wow cool story bro

  29. ashekeef

    ashekeefпреди 8 часа

    why don't we just use phages.

  30. Lu' Vic

    Lu' Vicпреди 9 часа


  31. How to Bright

    How to Brightпреди 9 часа

    Well explained!

  32. How to Bright

    How to Brightпреди 9 часа

    Well explained!

  33. LeighCameron Playz

    LeighCameron Playzпреди 9 часа

    ;-; meh country is infected too :

  34. How to Bright

    How to Brightпреди 9 часа

    Well explained!

  35. Youry Descardes

    Youry Descardesпреди 9 часа

    Osmosis Jones!!!

  36. TanGGo 007

    TanGGo 007преди 9 часа

    Damn my body when infected is like a horizon and call of duty crossover

  37. RzVids

    RzVidsпреди 9 часа

    Someone please tell me how a virus that starts in fucking China end up worldwide..??

  38. Victoria matthews

    Victoria matthewsпреди 9 часа

    The Coronavirus experience is going to change societies worldwide. Through decades, the very rich were always valued/recognized whether their wealth was inherited or was accumulated. The unskilled, the uneducated, the starving poor created the unsanitary conditions to make this deadly virus that affected the lower class, the middle class, and the rich as much as the poor. The concept of caring for the “Universal Family” will need to limit the amount of money that a billionaire can accumulate in order to rescue the very poor who scavenge for food and shelter in every country. Universal health measures will need to be regulated in peoples’ interaction with animals, food, environment, and fellow human beings. A new world order is coming where value will not be based on age, race, sex, or money, and the world will be at peace to preserve us, earthlings.

  39. faraz frd

    faraz frdпреди 9 часа

    This virus is very dangerous..

  40. Михаил Старый

    Михаил Старыйпреди 9 часа

    Perfect, thanks for information.

  41. Jan Oadrie Flores

    Jan Oadrie Floresпреди 9 часа

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="397">6:37</a> I would like a cloth made out of soap

  42. Chris Young

    Chris Youngпреди 9 часа

    GoOd mOrning! You have been in quarantine for 9, 9, 9, 9, 9...

  43. Alie Djauhary

    Alie Djauharyпреди 10 часа

    Kurzgesagt can it be stopped with bacteriophage

  44. Rocket Bunny

    Rocket Bunnyпреди 10 часа

    More people will die of anxiety than the actual virus!

  45. Autistreviews

    Autistreviewsпреди 10 часа

    Yea we are on the fast response

  46. Ethereal Nightmare

    Ethereal Nightmareпреди 10 часа

    Does it get saved in CRISPR ?

  47. Daggy162 YT

    Daggy162 YTпреди 10 часа

    I thought this video would also show how the coronavirus got on the loose...

  48. KrisspyKreme

    KrisspyKremeпреди 10 часа

    looks like we got the fast pandemic. well damn were all gonna die 😔

  49. Crillbillbow

    Crillbillbowпреди 10 часа

    I have a cold ;-;

  50. pinkky 608

    pinkky 608преди 10 часа

    มีซับไทยด้วย ว้าว

  51. Lachlan Vitale

    Lachlan Vitaleпреди 10 часа


  52. Robin Puerta

    Robin Puertaпреди 10 часа

    I have been receiving this video from people around the world (in english and spanish). Great work!

  53. caran重创兄

    caran重创兄преди 10 часа

    这个教程很正确!white plepro sure lean abot this

  54. ozzy_TNEW TNEW

    ozzy_TNEW TNEWпреди 11 часа

    What if we breath in soap water

  55. Alex0Perez

    Alex0Perezпреди 11 часа

    Kurzgesagt team thank you by this wonderfull video about Coronavirus. It brings me joy to see people understanding the magnitude of these disease and you are doing a great job spreading the word. I whish all the team stay safe at your homes. Se can't afford loosing you.

  56. First Light

    First Lightпреди 11 часа

    The Chinese authorities only notified everyone after first threatening whistleblowing doctors and suppressing evidence that the virus was transmissible between humans.

  57. Tom Van veen

    Tom Van veenпреди 11 часа

    Them talking makes this way more interesting

  58. TayoEXE

    TayoEXEпреди 11 часа

    This is the oddest set of circumstances that shows how gamers are actually helping the world by simply spending all their time at home.

  59. Noneofyour Beeswax

    Noneofyour Beeswaxпреди 11 часа

    great easy to understand video

  60. RedManiac Gacha

    RedManiac Gachaпреди 11 часа

    What would happen if we used phages to defeat the coronavirus


    MUNA MUSAEDпреди 11 часа

    I have cold is I am going to get the conorvirus

  62. xdr everything

    xdr everythingпреди 12 часа

    Coronavirus: dangerous Bacteriophages: allow us to introduce ourselves

  63. nanda dea

    nanda deaпреди 12 часа

    I have home work about Corona virus can someone help me?

  64. Putri Hanik Setya Maharani

    Putri Hanik Setya Maharaniпреди 12 часа

    Great job! Thank you so much for this video.. It's make me know well about coronavirus. It's very helpful..

  65. Vinica

    Vinicaпреди 12 часа

    I have never thought that I will miss a barman so much.

  66. Lic. Alfredo R. Mutinelli

    Lic. Alfredo R. Mutinelliпреди 12 часа

    En español estaría? Mucha gente no lee rápido o no ve bien. Gracias, saludos

  67. Fortnite 24h

    Fortnite 24hпреди 13 часа

    Thanks for Albanian subtitles.

  68. Laxley1970

    Laxley1970преди 13 часа

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  69. Tsong Jaydee

    Tsong Jaydeeпреди 13 часа

    Well played China. You did again a history.

  70. Hungry Guy

    Hungry Guyпреди 13 часа

    Here's what we all should do: buy all the toilet paper so that people have to wipe with their hands and die from e-coli infections rather than COVID-19...

  71. Iveta W

    Iveta Wпреди 13 часа

    Ok, now address what were gonna do about the economy? If I’m home, I don’t get a job. If I don’t get a job I can’t stay home bc I can’t afford said home...

  72. C8 Studios

    C8 Studiosпреди 13 часа

    This is his most popular video, wow, Coronavirus helped him a lot!

  73. SuperCanadian1 Games

    SuperCanadian1 Gamesпреди 14 часа

    May I share it with others

  74. Bubble and Minecraft Boy

    Bubble and Minecraft Boyпреди 14 часа

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="11">0:11</a> oh no

  75. Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklinпреди 14 часа

    Those 9.1k people who disliked is going to get coronavirus

  76. AlexKasper

    AlexKasperпреди 14 часа

    Not a word (albeit a image on the right in <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="382">6:22</a>), about wearing masks. Other than that excellent video ! A rational response for us the individuals and communities: - Exaggerate the hygiene. - Maintain the distance so to avoid droplets. - Wear a mask!

  77. soinu foig

    soinu foigпреди 14 часа

    a little bit. Why try to cut your losses before you even try to beat the virus? You've lost before you've even begun.

  78. Irfan Shaik

    Irfan Shaikпреди 14 часа

    knock knock who's there my name is chaina this is beautiful gift for all humans 😠

  79. soinu foig

    soinu foigпреди 14 часа

    Without interventions, ~97% of people who will need hospitalization will not be able to get it. With this "flattening the curve" mitigation strategy, you'll bring that down from ~97%

  80. Mr. Potato Head

    Mr. Potato Headпреди 14 часа

    1 in 2,000 Americans currently have contracted the coronavirus aka COVID-19

  81. ahmet kalender

    ahmet kalenderпреди 14 часа

    Can you make a video about love feeling? Ok this sounds so teenager but... Yeah it sounds so teenager.

  82. shivesh prakhar

    shivesh prakharпреди 15 часа

    i m scared. covid 19 has not been spread in my country with a total of 1024 cases. but my country is having a huge population(1.4 billion) as well as population density. if it spread among common people( which initially spread among upper classes who could afford to go to foreign land,if comes down to middle classes) ,i don't think our govt could do anything except for giving funeral compensation to the deseased.

  83. MAES ‘

    MAES ‘преди 15 часа

    The way you linked the vaccine to Quarantine is very creative , you never fail to surprise me

  84. Poco Chan

    Poco Chanпреди 15 часа

    Levi Ackerman secretly smiling and being proud of himself.

  85. Cesar Pinto

    Cesar Pintoпреди 15 часа

    This channel is an actual human treasure, and we must protect it at any cost.

  86. Rich taco

    Rich tacoпреди 15 часа

    Who Invented GOLD"…

  87. Emei Heart

    Emei Heartпреди 15 часа

    Is it just me or is the bird <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="445">7:25</a> feeling himself 🤣🤣

  88. lolfool lolfool

    lolfool lolfoolпреди 15 часа

    can we use phages?