The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

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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 Nutshell2 aylar önce
    • and drink alchoholl kids do it

      jason Marcianojason MarcianoAylar önce
    • 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!

      A DA D2 aylar önce
    • brilliant work as usual. Love the animations & clear, concise explanations. Well done team!

      The Tik-Tok ManThe Tik-Tok Man2 aylar önce
    • boost.

      ABetterWeaponABetterWeapon2 aylar önce
    • 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 Py2 aylar önce
  • Stupid 🦇 bats

    Poppy’s beanie boo squad #sister squadPoppy’s beanie boo squad #sister squad3 saatler önce
  • Thank you this helped me understand more like if you hate Chinese people now 🦠🦠my tip is don’t buy things from wish

    Poppy’s beanie boo squad #sister squadPoppy’s beanie boo squad #sister squad3 saatler önce
  • VIETNAM: What is Corona (May/2020)

    NHV768NHV7684 saatler önce
  • Tell that to these idiots protesting with their kids in the country with most cases.

    Tony StarkTony Stark6 saatler önce
  • *Hello 22nd century high school kids*

    Achilles K.Achilles K.7 saatler önce
  • God I hate how this became a political issue

    ShrineShrine8 saatler önce
    • Shrine agreed

      Twisted FootTwisted Foot5 saatler önce
  • Wait wait wait I know how viruses kills our cells so how about bacteria how did bacteria kills a cell

    Noel tjhungNoel tjhung9 saatler önce
  • Kurzgesagt: soap and cleaning alcohol. Panic buyer: oh...ok ill do that AFTER I BUY THAT WALLMARTS ENTIRE TOILETPAPER STORAGE OUT

    Umbre OnUmbre On9 saatler önce
  • Coronavirus distancing in World = 1.5 Metres Coronavirus distancing in England = 2 Metres English Virus = World Record Long Jump

    Oscar Oldenhove de GuertechinOscar Oldenhove de Guertechin11 saatler önce
  • can phages destroy corona?

    JįßæñJįßæñ12 saatler önce
  • why is this not being play on TV and public places 24/7 in US

    Lz VirusmithLz Virusmith12 saatler önce
  • From where I live and to China.. we can drive there It’s really near us But since it started there has been *only* 6 deaths

    ItzJuztHazelItzJuztHazel12 saatler önce
  • The Viruses will outbreak every half a century or every one century again and again. Because around the world people are killing lots of animals and eating them without consider. This virus was outbreak by God. Because animals are also deserve to live on the earth. So eat vegetarians always The God might not kill you by these kind of viruses.

    Keeran SivaKeeran Siva13 saatler önce
  • sooo, who's here after quarantine

    ImpxssibleImpxssible17 saatler önce
    • I'm at an illegal party

      Warnl'sWarnl's12 saatler önce
  • Wow great info

    Jipsie MuneJipsie Mune19 saatler önce
  • Strongest virus only made in China

    ∃!E∃!E19 saatler önce
  • Yes, there’s a vaccine in testing that is currently being said that it has immunity, hope it’s gonna be our vaccine soon. (I saw this on a news program)

    Rosella PhantomRosella Phantom21 saatler önce
  • 我想我需要注意了

    嚴珏嚴珏22 saatler önce
  • 4:52 Having gone through both corona, and the lockdown, I honestly wish we just opted for the fast outcome of corona, instead of this slow nonsense. The lockdown itself only increases the corona related suffering by causing so many other problems. I don't think the lockdown even helps save lives, in the long run. Eventually, the infection numbers will be about the same, except instead of getting it over with fast, we have all this ridiculousness we have to deal with because of the lockdown. Just end it already! And Kurzgesagt is wrong in saying, "a slow spread will not be remembered by the history books". Oh yes it will. This lockdown has changed me, and billions of people in the world. It's bullshit. And you know.... .another thing, I think should be said about this disease and its treatment. They don't have a cure, or a specific treatment for it. This disease is not like a stroke, where you can go to the hospital for a clotbuster, or surgery and they can save you. You're not that much better off at a hospital because they don't have a treatment for it. The most aggressive treatment against severe cases is a ventilator, and most people who have to be put on ventilators die. So, knowing that, we know that even if hospitals were to be "overwhelmed" with people seeking corona treatment, the death rate probably wouldn't increase that much if people didn't get hospital care for corona. That's the reality of the situation. If this were a disease in which hospitals actually had a treatment, then yes, I would agree that death rates would increase significantly, if people cannot get in to hospitals. This is not the case though. And if you agree that what I say is a great idea, then you should be on my side, instead of supporting this bullshit lockdown. Contact your state, and make your voice heard that you don't want this lockdown. The people don't support it and you should be one of them.

    Mary AntonioMary Antonio23 saatler önce
    • I'm at an illegal party

      Warnl'sWarnl's12 saatler önce
  • Antibiotics are often fed to factory-farmed animals to offset the disease risks posed by overcrowding - this is carried out regardless of whether the animal is infected or not. In some countries, antibiotics are even used to promote growth.

    Mark ArnoldMark ArnoldGün önce
  • why does this still scare me occassionaly?

    David SimmonsDavid SimmonsGün önce
  • 11K DISLIKES !?!?!?!?!?

    Mateo NicolasMateo NicolasGün önce
  • phage can stop covid 19

    Sarower MorshedSarower MorshedGün önce
    • no it can’t

      Twisted FootTwisted Foot5 saatler önce
  • Coronavirus can't f*ck with me

    Jacob LJacob LGün önce
    • Yes it can

      Twisted FootTwisted Foot5 saatler önce
    • I'm at an illegal party

      Warnl'sWarnl's12 saatler önce
    • Yeah

      Warnl'sWarnl's12 saatler önce
  • coronavirus is a disinforming term, in that there are at least 4 types known to infect humans - sars-cov-2 is the name given to this alleged new virus- whose very existence NOBODY has scientifically proven so far - let alone prove its pathogenicity !

    John BindiniJohn BindiniGün önce
  • The first line itself is incorrect, they notified about the virus in late January.

    Ankit KadamAnkit KadamGün önce
    • Actually we already know that there is a new virus in early January ( me saying this as a Hongkonger ), I guess the world lagged behind because of physical distance and have other things in mind

      Huh ?Huh ?10 saatler önce
  • Still cant belive theres no mask tip in thsi video

    Dummy!Dummy!Gün önce

    Gee WhizzGee WhizzGün önce
  • Covi-20

    UnlimitedAdsUnlimitedAdsGün önce
  • which app did You use to make this video???

    Jimmy CaiJimmy CaiGün önce
  • Coronavirus: _exists_ Commenters: *I see an opportunity*

    FluteyFluteyGün önce
  • ......

    邱于榛邱于榛Gün önce
  • Americans should check this video Just saing

    pedro cardosopedro cardosoGün önce
  • Take two HQC , vitamin d , zithomax, and zinc and call me in the morning.

    Bat ManBat ManGün önce
  • I'm only watching this now, but it's só detailed for a quick response video. Everyone chipped in time, effort and knowledge. You 100% saved lives with this clear as day explanation :^)

    Jan-Willem SwartJan-Willem SwartGün önce
  • 치료가능한 임계점이 나라마다 다를텐데 우리나라는 어떨지 궁금하다

    전지전지2 gün önce
  • China!

    杏2 gün önce
  • people watching this after the lockdown: WHO WATCHED AFTER LOCKDONWNWNWN11!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!1/1"?"!?"?!"?!"?!?"!? "/3

    Arren J's Cookery ShowArren J's Cookery Show2 gün önce
  • My mom has detected positive today, Please pray for her. Thank you

    Shekhar JadhavShekhar Jadhav2 gün önce
    • ayy man hope that u and your family are safe

      CZHOCZHO22 saatler önce
  • I know the chans someone on this channel will read this is basically non existent. But, after this video was made, many, many, countries have moved the goalpost. To flatten the curve isn’t enough anymore. Now, all bets are off, much more can be sacrificed to keep the number of infected, not just flatt, but so low as possible. So will you do a new video about the new world we live in?

    A. EkegårdA. Ekegård2 gün önce
  • They predicted the current situation perfectly

    Corrugate IndustriesCorrugate Industries2 gün önce
  • Don't like video

    Nidhi BansalNidhi Bansal2 gün önce
    • Why? Was it caused by 5g?

      alba animationsalba animationsGün önce
    • No

      Gen ZGen Z2 gün önce
  • sars 2 is very danger

    이진우이진우2 gün önce
  • I do not still get how to stay safe when the nearest home is a qurantine for an infectious person (and many stray animals going in and on houses)

    mahroon shaikhmahroon shaikh2 gün önce
    • @Twisted Foot ok

      mahroon shaikhmahroon shaikh5 saatler önce
    • animals cannot spread the virus, and if you just stay away from the infectious person you should be okay. Besides if you get it, you’ll probably survive.

      Twisted FootTwisted Foot5 saatler önce
  • So do other viruses act the same way in that they can cause our cells to self-destruct and cause permanent tissue scarring?

    Crystal LoeraCrystal Loera2 gün önce
    • not always but yes

      CZHOCZHO22 saatler önce
    • @Hamzah Ahmed Year 6 damn that's horrible that this one does and it is so contagious. Thanks for responding. Didn't expect anyone to lol.

      Crystal LoeraCrystal Loera2 gün önce
    • Well not entirely

      Hamzah Ahmed Year 6Hamzah Ahmed Year 62 gün önce
  • A magyar felirat 7:00 -nál elég pontatlan és így veszélyes is.. a sarjabbak még félreérthetik. Bár ők meg nem keverednek ide :D

    Sz MihálySz Mihály2 gün önce
  • I also made a covid-19 Animation. Please Check it out.

    MyToonsMyToons2 gün önce
  • Please subscribe to my channel, my dad says if i get 200 subscribers he will buy me a doggo.

    ParodieManParodieMan2 gün önce
  • Microscpe made people fool

    dldlckdtndldlckdtn2 gün önce
    • you made people fool

      HelixXHelixX2 gün önce
  • Liar

    dldlckdtndldlckdtn2 gün önce
    • no this is not helpful

      CZHOCZHO22 saatler önce
    • @dldlckdtn 이야기하고 마

      EXO-kpop group /multistan exo-l fanboy hahaEXO-kpop group /multistan exo-l fanboy haha2 gün önce
    • @Maggiethegsd 등쉰

      dldlckdtndldlckdtn2 gün önce
    • Shut up Karen

      MaggiethegsdMaggiethegsd2 gün önce
  • Let’s all save lives!

    Kilian GUNGADOOKilian GUNGADOO2 gün önce
  • People who do not like this video think that corona is spread by the 5G network

    Oskar ParsonsOskar Parsons2 gün önce
    • Oskar Parsons please do everyone a favour and move to the Australian outback, thank you

      alba animationsalba animationsGün önce

    Adrienne Estelle FernandezAdrienne Estelle Fernandez2 gün önce
  • 6:28 how about we all eat soap? Like how 6 year old me used to do? Wait, I ate soap because I ate grass..

    MyAccount WasDeletedMyAccount WasDeleted2 gün önce
  • Liked and subbed. Great vid

    FortniteSucks SuckerFortniteSucks Sucker2 gün önce
  • And the best is... This channel is from German creators

    The DataThe Data2 gün önce
  • can we use Bacteriophage to get rid of COVID?

    The Bowl of CerealThe Bowl of Cereal2 gün önce
    • Nope

      Twisted FootTwisted Foot5 saatler önce
    • The Bowl of Cereal no, bacteriaphages kill bacteria, covid is a virus

      alba animationsalba animationsGün önce
  • Be nice

    Scedic PlayzScedic Playz3 gün önce
  • Wow

    Tabiba nisaTabiba nisa3 gün önce
  • It is a clear-cut fact that by removing Pork from factory farmed Pigs in your diet, you will be improving your health and doing something really positive to counter a morbid industry. I hope you play a positive part just as I did. The more people who boycott Pork, there will be fewer health scares like coronavirus.

    Jeremy FranklinJeremy Franklin3 gün önce
    • @Jeremy Franklin Dude we eat FARM animals, not some jungle pig, you know? Even if the farm pigs do have any sort of disease, which in 99% cases they don't because they are reared and checked up well enough, the viruses of wild animals, not speaking of pigs specifically, are much much different and way more dangerous. What are you trying to imply? The pandemic was caused by Non-veg people and pigs?

      MaggiethegsdMaggiethegsdGün önce
    • @Jeremy Franklin oh yeah because we farm animals without checking them for any diseases nope, no western countries have agricultural standards, none of them, totally

      HelixXHelixXGün önce
    • @MaggiethegsdWild animals have always had viruses coursing through their bodies. But agricultural intensification, factory farming, deforestation and urbanization are bringing people closer to animals, giving their viruses more of what they need to infect us: opportunity

      Jeremy FranklinJeremy Franklin2 gün önce
    • "apply cold water to a burned area"

      HelixXHelixX2 gün önce
    • First of all, coronavirus didn't come from a pig factory. Second, why are you judging people based on what they eat? Can't you just mind your own business and give some valuable opinions instead of wasting other people's time?

      MaggiethegsdMaggiethegsd2 gün önce
  • me before watching this video: ugh quarantine is so boring after video: i'm NOT going outside, I don't want to die

    Christine LinChristine Lin3 gün önce

      Christine LinChristine Lin2 gün önce
    • you wont die unless youre so old you crumble into dust or your so young your bones melt because they havent solidified yet

      HelixXHelixX2 gün önce
  • Ex-most viewed video: 5 years old Fermi Paradox This video: STONKS

    Etienne LamoleEtienne Lamole3 gün önce
  • Right now it's spine fluid harvesting. (Thats why all deaths are blamed on corona) Heavy metals in the vaccines are geared at shutting off circulation to your pineal gland. the pineal gland is very sensitive to metals in the blood. Nanobots and nanochips in the vaccines are to detect the hormones that come free when you achieve enlightenment and awaken your crown(corona) chakra. This world is over and done with.

    Gods Plan MediaGods Plan Media3 gün önce
    • What?

      EXO-kpop group /multistan exo-l fanboy hahaEXO-kpop group /multistan exo-l fanboy haha2 gün önce
    • Wtf

      MaggiethegsdMaggiethegsd2 gün önce
  • Hi peeps! Thanks for the GREAT video. Just wanted to point out that there seem to be no widespread secondary infections (bacterial) with this desease. Would be supercool to know what (with the new infos and data gathered aftere these months) happens really after the cytokine storm that unleashes hell in the body. THANKS!

    marteiasimarteiasi3 gün önce
  • It’s amazing how you condense complex topics in less than 10min which in itself is a difficult task. Thank you Kurzgesagt.

    Lumiah499Lumiah4993 gün önce
  • Government:Stay at Home People to Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Churches: No.

    Uh HiUh Hi3 gün önce
  • 0:28 that monkey be flexing on us with his tissue roll

    The Wolf PredatorThe Wolf Predator3 gün önce
    • tissue roll? what kind if country do you live in?

      HelixXHelixX2 gün önce

    Firstname LastnameFirstname Lastname3 gün önce

    Firstname LastnameFirstname Lastname3 gün önce
    • If you are so offended by animations then these videos provide sources down at the description. As I think you are too Mature to handle animation.

      Gen ZGen Z15 saatler önce
    • @Firstname Lastname you have the intelligence of a four year old

      Nick GurNick GurGün önce
    • @Firstname Lastname ok Karen

      HeyHey2 gün önce
    • Gen Z Simplified Complexity for the purpose of MANIPULATION of thoughts about a complex environment lol lets show you how you work using Disney's Pixar productions because the minions are running wild in your playground of a Monsters inc body 😆😄😂😁😆

      Firstname LastnameFirstname Lastname2 gün önce
    • Ok let's try to mutiliate the body then try to view a microscopic virus.totally makes sense right? Animation helps to simplify reality. Especially human anatomy.

      Gen ZGen Z2 gün önce
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