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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    1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

      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!

      1. Aaron Day

        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!

      2. The Tik-Tok Man

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

      3. ABetterWeapon


      4. Rodrigo Py

        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!

      5. Ching Wei Xion

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

    2. Mina Attia

      How can I reach out to someone responsible from Kurzgesagt for possible partnerships for patient awareness campaigns?

    3. Jtsniper Tobias

      SLsel: ok SLselrs don't say Corona virus in your content. Kurzgesagt: the Corona virus explained and how to prevent it. SLsel: I'm I a joke to you? Note just a joke

    4. Randon Polien

      Can I have the cup at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="424">7:04</a> though

    5. ligang T

      At first glance, it seems that the virus originated in China. But there is no evidence that the first patient was there. It is not fair.

    6. YaLikeSmoothJazz

      I’m good, the bar of soap it ate in 2008 would help

    7. micky j 69

      Plz do a new evolution video

    8. le panga

      Hello sir, can you please make a video on ion thrusters and discuss some ideas on how they can be improved and how it can transform our space exploration in the future

    9. Damian Muir

      Threre has now been like 1M cases

    10. tomek stachowicz


    11. geeg Iks

      Yes it’s hard to stay inside, but it forced me to be even much more grateful then I can even imagine for the life I have, the protection and family I have as well. It’s very warming, and feel closer to my family then ever before ❤️ God bless all and stay safe! If you have a roof, food , and not sick , spend some time appreciating it all :)

    12. alejandro pedraza

      People don't talk about those who live day by day and can't stay home, because if they do, they'll starve

    13. SAIFULLAH Nizamani


    14. henry larrygamer360

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="146">2:26</a> i will have nightmares about cells looking like that

    15. Omizuke

      This pandemic started fast because China failed to properly communicate what was happening. And World Health Organization was even worst by parroting without their own studies. To quote "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Wuhan, China" Even thou by then other people had contracted it, even some of the doctors. A very good indicator that could be transmuted human-to-human. And then places like New York were even dumber, not only minimizing the threat but working on its favor. I saw the NYC Health Commissionaire saying and I quote "there is no reason not to take the subway, not to take the bus, not to go out to your favorite restaurant. And certainly not to miss the parade next Sunday" So yeah, China lied, WHO is one of their sock puppets, and the world is full of terrible leaders that let this go rampant because putting limitation would've been "racist" or trample freedom. And people are even stupider and can't fallow some simple rules. Kudos to places like South Korea, that not only learned from H1N1 and made sure to be prepare. But also both the government and its people are cooperating.

    16. oteatimeo

      Please send this video to the governors of states that have not shut down and practice social distancing.

    17. ramu

      詳しい説明ありがとうございます。 まだ危機感を持っていない日本人の方に見ていただきたいです😭

    18. Mikey

      Oh my god we can finally watch a Kurzgesagt video for homework!

    19. Eye Sis

      I am patient transport for the NHS and I can tell you all this is serious. People I've taken home who are Covid-19 positive have been fit, healthy and otherwise not needing any medical assistance day to day, but have been on oxygen for weeks and developed pneumonia. Some have had very few symptoms. Take care everyone.

    20. MrHistory 808

      *if our immune system was a army *It has terrible generals *and the troops shoot at the enemy and there friends

    21. Nahk Ru

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="54">0:54</a> Me: but I dont rub my face like that Also me: **nervously touching my nose**

    22. George Meng

      Hey, I heard that a 4km asteroid is headed for Earth. Is it true?

    23. Howard Perry

      Thanks for this animation of the Coronavirus. Concise, digestible information

    24. Samir Bernardes

      THANK YOU!

    25. TheTipArrowNations

      "Soap can kill the virus" Me: *proceeds to eat the soap*

      1. Nefomemes

        Captain John "Soap" McTavish

      2. Nefomemes

        Soap can kill the virus because he is a British captain.

    26. GamesAngel

      So, for everybody who has symptoms and the google tells you that you are dead since 2007, there is an app on play store named "Ada" that can help you slef-diagnose and provide possible diseases that you have, along with treatment and other cool stuff. P.S: I m not afflilied with it or anything, I just love the app

    27. UFO Cobran

      Super receno, alles gut gesagt, all what in this video say is corect! ❤👍

    28. Kenneth Bltzr

      1-2-3 or idk weeks ago

    29. 山地英雅 放送

      I am the broadcasting director of a junior high school in Japan. May I broadcast your video on campus to stop the coronavirus infection?

    30. Zonix

      It actually started in November 😂

    31. shf si

      戴口罩啊!!!!你们这群外国人咋就不知道戴口罩呢!!! 就算洗手你天天出去有啥用啊!你直接吸进去了!!!戴口罩才是最重要的!!!

    32. Business Banana

      If I was still going to school I could have got the virus! 🦠

    33. 날아라금붕어

      Very best you can do take a facemask.

    34. Lonnie

      Well, we have a fast pandemic.

    35. MinhP Nguyen

      Do you mean that coronavirus can infect neutrophil and killer T cells?

    36. Lonnie

      Just call it Wuhan Virus. COVID-19 just doesn't roll of the tongue as well. Calling it Coronavirus is just stupid. There are too many viruses that are made up of a Coronavirus.

    37. Beena Krispel

      Imagine a cell telling you to kill yourself

    38. Thiyab Afaque

      Sir, how do you make animated video?...all of your video is very usefull for me...your videos helps to give me significant ideas🤩🤩. Can u give some ideas how to make animated videos?

    39. Gaz Lee

      He says "Corona virus is not a living thing.".. he then says its unclear how long they can survive for? HUH?

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    41. אדיסון מנדז

      Coronavirus needs to do a 1 mil. Subscriber special.

    42. Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez Rodriguez

      this pandemic is not heavy handed, it’s real :(

    43. Clifford M. Lopes

      Everyone please read 2 chronicles <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="434">7:14</a> to <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="435">7:15</a> in the Bible

    44. juan diaz

      l dont eat big macs l drink water now

    45. Nathan V.

      To your bacteria spread after Corona, as mentioned in a previous video, can bacteriophages help counter that?

    46. Lisa Diva

      Respect quarantine!!!

    47. Amber Mcmanus

      Hope you stay safe from the coronavirus stay safe around here🦠🦠🦠☹️☹️☹️

    48. LyFdez

      ¡Qué buen trabajo! Gracias ☺️

    49. Zachy Levi

      Can you please do a 3rd ant video Love your videos

    50. Don Chesvick

      Well done. Very informative. Stay home everyone.

    51. Jurassic Park 3 Spinosaurus

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="418">6:58</a> Is not nice for you, but i HATE social interaction

    52. Mr Seffka

      из всего видео я понял,что нам пизда

    53. Ashlyn

      This video: social distancing may be hard Me, who is an introvert with no life and barely even leaves my room, much less my house: *ah yes. my time is finally here.*

    54. Manish Kumar

      It's China/Wuhan Viruse

    55. Revonn Cadsawan

      Viruses that are fast will end fast.

    56. Eg That Youtubes

      Anyone notice that the Ape in the intro has toilet paper instead of a bird


      "none of this is fun." yea... about that.

    58. Derrick

      This is a very educational video! Thank you so much for educating us on Wuhan Virus.

    59. random Roblox guy

      when god plays plauge inc.

    60. Get Back To Nature

      I thought you said that viruses can only be caused from body fluids

    61. Pamela Hannibal

      1919 is year grandfather was born this morning 4/2

    62. kavish sandagiri

      Wait we don't have to wash are hands just open doors with ur mouth Big problems need big brain moves!

    63. Nick Smith

      Jalapenos are green

    64. MOStein

      This explanation is more scary than actually having the virus.....

    65. Moo_TheCatツ


    66. yossra kamal

      Special thanks from Egypt🌷👏🏻

    67. the sensible one

      Bio weapon 👨‍🔬🔬🐞🌡️💥

    68. Michael 620

      This video has put it into the context for me

    69. Akromi M

      Can i borrow your video for my homework ? I will delete it later

    70. Cansu

      Why Turkey isn't on the map?????

    71. Jacob Lee

      Comments - In a Nutshell: Introverts saying quarantine is normal life Traveling with corona This video in SLsel recommended Anti-vaxxers

    72. shera king

      COVID - 20 next

    73. Jesamé Joy Sandalamo

      This is by far the best and most informative video on the Coronavirus I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing this with the world.

    74. Şafak

      As always, nice animation. It was the best video about coronavirus. I hope it will finish cuz i miss my university.

    75. 0 Comments

      what should we do? World powers and government: gEt RiD oF hUmAN RiGHts!!!

      1. 0 Comments

        @MushroomMario The virus! Ahh! Ill die. Well if dictators take over I might be dead anyway from a number of things including the virus so yes. I would risk it. I understand closing non essential buisness and gatherings but seriously. Hungary just become a dictatorship.

      2. 0 Comments

        ​@Nuclear Cashew Point of human rights is having hospitals and making sure people don't end up dead. Don't you know what WWII is?

      3. Nuclear Cashew

        You can't exercise your human rights if you're dead.

      4. MushroomMario

        Well, really would you rather go outside and have the risk of getting the virus?

    76. Aaron Michaels

      Looks like we are seeing the answer now...

    77. ❲Alex❳

      Oh we are good in Russia. But I'ma still going to be careful. **Resumes munching on my fried Bat**

      1. Nefomemes

        Alcohol could kill viruses.

    78. Raegan Bloss

      Its terrible because now that we are further in the pandemic, it has turned into a fast pandemic, its terrible. I just hope that what happens is that things change for the better (and also people stop freaking out, this would be better if people took a second to actually think of other people and leave stuff for the rest of us).

    79. Bob The Graditelj

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="267">4:27</a> you maded a video about bacteriophage that will kill all bacteria...We can inject them and survive.

    80. Gemmell-Braisher Callan

      one day we will be able to inject soap in our bodies, then we don't need anything else