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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  • 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!

    Kurzgesagt – In a NutshellKurzgesagt – In a Nutshell13 napja
    • 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!

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

      The Tik-Tok ManThe Tik-Tok Man8 napja
    • boost.

      ABetterWeaponABetterWeapon11 napja
    • 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!

      Rodrigo PyRodrigo Py12 napja
    • Great job.! Probably the best Covid-19 video out there...

      Ching Wei XionChing Wei Xion13 napja
  • The number of confirmed deaths has passed thow hundred. The governor has called a state of emergency... There were hundreds and hundreds of bodlies lining the streets . Panic spread world wide after a leaked report from the world health organization showed that the latest vaccunation test have failed ...With the bureaucrats out of power we finally take the necessary steps to... Los Angeles is now he latest city to be placed under martial law All residents are required to report to their designed quarantine Riots have countinued for third consecutive day and winter rations are at an all time low A gruop calling themeselves the fireflies have claimed responsibility for both attacks. Their public chater calls for the return of all branches of government You can still rise whit us. remenber when you¨are lost in the darkness look for the light. believe in the fireflies.

    Ultra unboxer 350 Tor-browserUltra unboxer 350 Tor-browser4 órája
  • First of all apologies for my writing. They say that this virus started in December. I can say this. I am 41 years old and last October-November 2019 I had a "flu". I consider myself healthy and active as well as my family. The symptoms in 31st October high temperature, body aches and cough. I have spend 2 days in bed. Normal right? Not really. My wife and 5 year old daughter also had this "flu". Guys I had pretty much everything, measles, flus, colds, you name it. This one was different the name at that time was not Covid-19. For me and family was a really bad flu. I remember commenting to my wife "what the hell is this?" Now thinking about it. "It's a bad flu". I was out of work for almost 2 months ( I am one of those guys that only misses work if someone cuts my legs) because I couldn't feel fit or well. I don't know if it was Covid-19 but I can say it was the worst ever on my 41 years old. Funny fact: My daughter recovered in about 1 week, my wife 1 month and me, 2 months. According to statistics this attacks more males and females + kids recover much quicker ( thanks god for that. Their health before mine). Another fun fact is that ibuprofen did not help ( and did not do any harm) but only paracetamol, gallons of chicken soup and time. If we had Covid-19 or something similar I am not surprised that the elderly and more vulnerable people are dying. It was tough for 3 healthy persons like us. It was not a flu, or influenza or a bad cold. It was something else that we ignored because in October November 2019 the name was "flu". I dont know if we are immune or not but even if we are apparently this virus can attack the same body but not so intensively ( according to south Korean doctors). Another fact and not blaming anyone or any race but at that time we had plenty of chinese tourists which are always welcome in our country as well anyone. Just in case we will take precautions and follow quarantine. Stay safe guys and take care

    Alves norelecAlves norelec4 órája
  • Can you make a video on economics influenced by this?

    wladenoowladenoo4 órája
  • According to the Canadian government: just stay at home and don't tell or touch anyone

    New UserNew User4 órája
  • Nuclear bomb: I kill thousands of people in 1 swoop! Corona: Hold my RNA

    Mad Artz GraphicsMad Artz Graphics4 órája
  • Your opening comment about CHINA was bullshit. They didn't warn ppl, they destroyed evidence and lied. Stop pretending like they aren't responsible for this shit

    Hillary SommerHillary Sommer4 órája
  • The virus isn't as dangerous as are corrupt politics which have unnecessarily made this into a global issue, a fucking circus of entertainment. Not to mention the unscrupulous media who feeds and profits from fear mongering. When they do find a vaccine, if they haven't already but kept it classified or whatever for their own agendas, you bet your ass that they are going to suck on that bitch until it profits them and the pharmaceutical industry mountains of cash...billions and billions. It's all about finding the advantageous leverage for them. Politicians and elite corporations are the real viruses. The joke is on us at our expense and lives, literally.

    SonderSonder4 órája
  • Mexicans are very aware of the coronavirus Every Mexican parent is aware of their children. So be careful.

    -*.FõxįwÕłfįę Potato.*--*.FõxįwÕłfįę Potato.*-5 órája
  • Young people get left DEAD cause they have a “higher chance” of surviving WHAT IF ITS SOMONE WITH A LOW IMMUNE SYSTEM LIKE WTHHHH

    xXF4keL0v3Xx 101xXF4keL0v3Xx 1015 órája
  • my brother keeps coughing after he went to a public place. Is there any possible chance that he has coronavirus?

    Haoyon KimHaoyon Kim5 órája
  • you know your lay when you become quarantined and your life doesn't change one bit.

    Dedan KaggioDedan Kaggio5 órája
  • it is air born

    Jd CockrellJd Cockrell5 órája
  • Anyone noticed the Jojo’s reference in <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="355">5:55</a> the world

    Master_ KevMaster_ Kev5 órája
  • “What happens when it affects us and what should we do?” Anti-Vaxers: Traveling is now my passion

    Subscribers from Commenting on videosSubscribers from Commenting on videos5 órája
  • Brasiiiillll

    Charlene BispoCharlene Bispo5 órája
  • Mom mom had it for 3 months but never affected our fam and got better now that she stayed home for a long time

    Allison Guerrero ramosAllison Guerrero ramos5 órája
  • Excelente video tambien ayudaría que lo traducirán al español para los mexicanos que vemos sus videos e informar a más personas de habla hispana

    Franklin EmmanuelFranklin Emmanuel6 órája
  • Scientists should develop a compound that covers the virus itself such that it does not connect itself to any receptor overall the compound also does not affect the Human cell...The compound should be injected to everyone so that any incoming virus can be stoped for doing so, also when the virus will be covered it would not be able to get into a human cell to reproduce and eventually end up dying ( Corona virus ) Edit : If I have done any mistake then be sure to tell me why cause I always like to learn more 😅😅😃😃 BTW I am Jay Dhabhi...😅😅

    Draco_Jorge_ GamingDraco_Jorge_ Gaming6 órája
  • .

    Franklin EmmanuelFranklin Emmanuel6 órája
  • Is this the bite of 91

    SlickSlick6 órája
  • Why is China so cringy 😂😂😂😂😂 <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1">0:01</a>

    SlickSlick6 órája
  • CHINA DID NOT INFORM THE WORLD HAHAHAHAHA They were warned by Taiwan & China ignored it, also on January 14 th China told World Health Organisation nothing wrong while Corvid-19 Spread. Only in March did it become to big to ignore. This video is so bullshit!!!!

    Parrot Gone CrackersParrot Gone Crackers6 órája
    • You know what, just because China didn't tell the world since March doesn't mean he's wrong. He's got important facts too, so your statement is bullshit.

      MushroomMarioMushroomMario5 órája
  • The parts about the coronavirus that worries me the most would be that: 1. It spreads really quickly 2. Some idiots don't care about self-coronene and they take it like it's a vacation 3. My parents are 60 something, and my grandmother is 94.

    Elsa has a feverElsa has a fever6 órája
  • !@#)/^)&*()-":,?$@^^++×÷{}[]☆♡`~₩¥£€_\|《¡¿.

    jack gamingjack gaming6 órája
  • wow

    bri wortheybri worthey6 órája
  • The monkey in the intro has toilet paper

    Ben 4ScratchBen 4Scratch6 órája
  • Thx

    次世代型扇風機次世代型扇風機6 órája
  • China alerted the world? LOL

    Seth KelleySeth Kelley7 órája
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="381">6:21</a> WHO Officials: Wow why didn't I think of that

    BudgeupBudgeup7 órája
  • Haven’t heard the word respiratory pronounced respiritry lol

    Orizzy McCrizzyOrizzy McCrizzy7 órája
  • For some reason everytime I watch videos about Coronavirus it always pauses or stops for no reason. Other videos go really smoothly.🤨

    Fhdhdhddb DhdhdhfhfhfFhdhdhddb Dhdhdhfhfhf7 órája
  • The Chinese killed whistle blowers and arrested them because they knew the virus was spreading

  • I came here when this video just had 300k views xd

    La RanitaLa Ranita7 órája
  • Wtf 20 million

    FuriosaFuriosa7 órája
  • And please do one video with Baxtrix or Baxtrix EN

    Multi 151Multi 1517 órája
  • All of your videos are best

    Multi 151Multi 1517 órája
  • Hello kurzgesagt I like your animation and Czech HUprojectr have one of your calendar (Wedry) sorry for my English and I like your translation to CZ SK and to all European languages

    Multi 151Multi 1517 órája
  • I have a feeling this is faulty information

    loopy doopy 504loopy doopy 5048 órája
  • 有一说一 川普对不起美国,和美国的人民。 他不配做总统。

    琉璃雅琉璃雅8 órája
  • Ty Kurzgesagt!

    Marcelo FariaMarcelo Faria8 órája
  • You're never gonna stop me!

    Corona VirusCorona Virus8 órája
  • What is the name of your rig?

    Rioji AngganaRioji Anggana8 órája
  • I like it

    Rioji AngganaRioji Anggana8 órája
  • my teaccher is using this for online class

    Mathew makonahaeMathew makonahae9 órája
  • Watch Coronavirus animation on my channel come fast 😐😐....

    Kashur Pagal RoasterKashur Pagal Roaster9 órája
  • Im wondering if that 10k people that dislike it its just that the ones still thinking that its just a flu

    Fernando LuizFernando Luiz9 órája
  • What to do in quarantine? I know! Pandemic, what to do? ADVICE OF DOCTORS.

    Dr. FreemenDr. Freemen9 órája
  • Proses Viruses Corona menginveksi sel Tubuh, ini sangat penting menyadari akan kesehatan dan daya tahan tubuh kita dari serangan terhadap manusia.

    pudyakusna wijayapudyakusna wijaya9 órája
  • Thank you for making me safe, my family and friends now know what to do thanks to you!😁😄

    SilentOneSilentOne9 órája
  • Solução.

  • Coronavirus eléctrica ball.

  • to the idiots who say that were being overly dramatic and we need to stop worrying because the flu was worse, and are still going outside, you are ruining this for the rest of us.

    Lizzle 2 centsLizzle 2 cents9 órája
  • Hey how long would it take to complete Netflix

    Roger GigaRoger Giga9 órája
  • anybody else having trouble finding the curve graphs and the other examples of what's on the site in the video on the "Our World in Data" site because i can't find anything on there that was shown at the end.

    Lemen LomeLemen Lome9 órája
  • its also very bad in kazakhstan where they declared a economic state of emergency because half their economy is basically oil and russia and saudi arabia have a price war 🇰🇿🇰🇿

    Pigeon SpacePigeon Space9 órája
  • Good morning, My name is Sarah Aquino and I'm a student from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (a public university from Brasil). I'm part of a project that gives informations about SUS and others publics health organizations of Brazil. I would like to know if I can post on Instagram (the Instagram of the project is: @petsaudeuffnf) a version of your lattest video talking about the Coronavirus, in a translated version (but without taking off the credits). It would be great if I could receive an anwser as soon as possible. Thanks, Sarah Aquino.

    Sarah AquinoSarah Aquino9 órája
  • This should be broadcast around the world at least twice a day

    alus novaalus nova9 órája
  • Amazing video- thanks for all your hard work! Found my way here through the "Our World in Data" website.

    Shaina DeCiryanShaina DeCiryan10 órája
  • These videos would be suitable on netflix

    Michał PietrzakMichał Pietrzak10 órája
  • Sounds kinda like Zebediah Killgrave

    A-Z MVsA-Z MVs10 órája
  • You should make a video explaining why cereal is a soup.

    Angelina YantzAngelina Yantz10 órája
  • Some EU countries and USA thought that corona virus are just a normal flu. Well now look how the virus spread

    Hung ManhHung Manh10 órája
  • why isn’t it called SARS RC 2?

    Sam_TheDevSam_TheDev10 órája
  • fr tho i just want every thing go back to normal i just cant do it deal with it no more fr tho listen to this guy him know what hes talking about and i understand

    ash ketchumash ketchum10 órája
  • You are wrong flu has killed more people than corona

    Carlos the crazyCarlos the crazy10 órája
  • Why do they choose birds for main characters in their videos?

    Tuan NguyenTuan Nguyen10 órája
  • Can you make better animation?

    woytww 334woytww 33410 órája
  • At <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="355">5:55</a> , there is a timestop effect for 9 seconds. *Could these guys are some of our mens?

    NefomemesNefomemes10 órája
  • If our immune system makes memory cells so that the next time when that particular external organism enters then our body can immediately defeat it. Then why we get fever more than once through seasonal Flu in our life span?

    Abhijeet GuptaAbhijeet Gupta11 órája
  • Why not use Bacteriophage to kill Covid-19?

    Floy_d OfficialFloy_d Official11 órája
    • sigh..bacteriophages kill bacteria man

      Fen boiiFen boii11 órája
  • I hope there will be a cure real soon...many peaple is dead and are dying of this shit 😥

    Albert von MollendorfAlbert von Mollendorf11 órája
  • Best than Aumsum and Dr Binocs and other science vid

  • This is best

  • What software do you use to make your animations? I want to learn that. What site should I refer to? And Software should I use?

    Shruti SadualShruti Sadual11 órája
  • is the coronavirus a bacteria or a different category?

    Lightning DassLightning Dass11 órája
    • uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh a virus?

      Fen boiiFen boii11 órája
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="27">00:27</a> I can't get enough of the ape will the toilet paper! : D

    Tyler DreesTyler Drees11 órája
  • Ok i have a question did anyone notice the bird

    Minty FreshMinty Fresh12 órája
  • Clever boy 83

    Popular SongsPopular Songs12 órája
  • To all the kids and certain adults watching.... *WASH YOUR HANDS, DAMMIT!?* One - two pumps of sanitizer, circular scrubing the palms together, between your fingers, on your knuckles, under your finger nails and above your wrists. Do this and our, your, those around you and all of us have better chances!

    James BuckJames Buck12 órája