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

      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. Jaimito126

      Me cago en la pita vamos a morir todos

    3. Syntisty

      is no one gonna talk about the fact that her hair at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="63">1:03</a> IS A ORGAN ASWELL

    4. Ivor

      Now that masks are accepted, finally, can you do a bit about masks and how they reduce the spread. You can do a nice bit showing the radius of infection without masks (including spreading by touch) and then do the same with a mask (including spreading by touch). It's still pretty hard to convince the majority of people that masks are needed.

    5. MegaDerp202

      Bois it’s time to search for the sea emperor

    6. L I

      Soon in the future I'll be able to tell my kids I was a hero because I'm a basement dweller and already don't leave my house

    7. Matthew Thegreatest

      Can the immune system protect you from the virus?

    8. Thein Soe Min

      Kurzgesagt. We learn that you report our localized translation of this video in Myanmar language on Green Way - အစိမ်းရောင်လမ်း Facebook page . It is difficult to understand for the people in Myanmar but good to have to learn by Myanmar. Therefore, we translate into Myanmar language and use it for COVID-19 education purpose only. OR WILL YOU UPLOAD FOR US IN OUR LOCAL LANGUAGE?

      1. soinhu foitu

        Ummm, this is seriously the most clearest and logical video on covid-19.Thank you for boiling it down to the most simplest words ever! Subscribed♡´・ᴗ・`♡

    9. Ryan

      Iron Man: *snaps thanos* Corona: fine, i'll do it myself

      1. soinhu foitu

        Corona deathrate is Just 3 percent seriously

    10. 焦丽飞

      What is this video app?

    11. Literal MacGuffin

      Hey, Kurzgesagt? Could you guys make a video detailing Modern Monetary Theory? There’s been a lot of talk lately about it being able to solve the current economic crisis, but I just haven’t been able to get my head around it. Or maybe just a video highlighting how to deal with economic crises like the one we’re in now?

    12. Thế Trung Trần

      Today I actually looked at the sources Kurzgesagt cited and it displayed a 404 error...

    13. Merlin C.


    14. aneet namdeo

      It is good

    15. 69,420 Subscribers without videos

      _Symptoms of the Coronavirus_ *-Cough* *-Fever* *- Urge to travel the world*

    16. 69,420 Subscribers without videos

      2020 : *The year your hands consume more alcohol than your mouth.*

    17. Ben Kerstjens

      Too bad there is no worldwide mechanism for "must know" knowledge. For example myself... in normal circumstances i nearly never read any news. I'm a guy who goes to work (hard worker), goes home tired... makes dinner... goes sport or chills goes to bed... repeat... and in the weekend first thing i do is my weekly shopping and then household... it is that the people around me said something about some dangerous virus that I started reading into it. Else I didn't even know possibly before it was too late! Not everyone reads "the news" or "watches tv". I only buy//download anime and thats it. I don't even have a TV connected simply because I dislike commercials

    18. seano manary

      This virus is really strange it spares children for the most part this could a key to successfully defeating this thing also it seems to hit certain DNA of ppl and also figuring out how to get those infected to get there systems to fight it without overloaded defenses still very little info on this virus like if it's a true air borne virus how far it get travel threw air travel. .. ,

    19. Sub to Pewdiepie or you die in a kilosecond

      Anyone notice the monkey holding a piece of toilet paper? In the intro...

    20. 하이안녕

      마스크나 쓰고 댕기셈

    21. Harshal Shah


    22. The accidental youtuber

      Came here after redmi online session they refer this amazing info

    23. magnetisem playz

      Corona deathrate is Just 3 percent seriously

    24. leah

      Ummm, this is seriously the most clearest and logical video on covid-19.Thank you for boiling it down to the most simplest words ever! Subscribed♡´・ᴗ・`♡

    25. Vu Thai

      sure, china make it

    26. Nikola Markovic

      cant you just fucking eat soap boom no virus?

      1. Splinter- Memes

        yes thanks for saving the world

    27. Russell Notellyou

      Something isn't right. I have a fever and a huge urge to travel everywhere

    28. SIUOL VEVO - Music

      Whoever reads this I hope they don’t get the coronavirus Stay healthy

    29. Jusuf Jusuf

      How about Cancer? Because bff familly got sick her mother got positive by virus,her 2 brother is sick and her Dad got cancer poor bff...

    30. 아람조

      Hi I'm from south korea. and I'm a public health teacher in middle school.I'm so impressed by your education video and I wanna use this video in my class may I use this video and dub in korean for my little middle school students? I think our student may feel difficult to understand..about this english video... lol.....I'll leave a source of this video !!

    31. Geovanna Leal

      Bruh the way he says coronavirus

    32. Megane Guy

      So it is basically HIV which spreads through respiratory organs. I don't think we're going to survive this pandemic.

    33. Godzilla Craft Gaming

      They say that panic is as dangerous as the virus. Also why are people still going in crowds like oml

    34. Aussie Jimbo

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="308">5:08</a> Methinks this one will be remembered...

    35. Blade Sinister

      Every time I watch one of your videos I get smarter

    36. Alistair Bruce

      Please do 5G next

    37. raquel villon

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="509">8:29</a> ok ill stay safe

    38. Jason Bladzinski

      Too late, it's definitely a fast pandemic. Especially in the US.

    39. Jason Lewis

      Such a dark video. I thought it would be about the recovery process.

    40. Aiden Herrera

      If you get coronavirus, it would be the same symptoms and outcomes of the flu. It’s not that serious, but the contagious part is the only horrible part.

    41. Nate McDonagh

      Can I have a bird in your channel if so I want to be a police bird I would like to know what that looks like

    42. Nate McDonagh

      Quickly grab the uno reversal card !!!!

    43. Nate McDonagh

      You mean like dark matter in space it doesn’t exist but yet it dose

    44. Lilcloudofsparkz Spore

      Wait til people start inhaling soap and soap flavored juuls. 😑

    45. Alejandro Ramirez

      There is a really interesting ongoing debate surrounding the decision to quarantine whole nations (especially developing countries). From an economic point of view, this can have even bigger repercussions as it paralyzes the economy, resulting in massive job loses and hunger, translating into even more deaths in comparison with a fast pandemic. It would be nice to see this topic developed in a future video.

    46. -Switching Topic-

      I can’t wait for the day to hear, COVID-19 ya sheen eradicated..

    47. ScBroodSc2

      Can you believe this video which has been out for 2 weeks, was the fastest ever made and is the most popular across Kurzgesagt? 2nd most popular is one 4 years ago with 19M views. It's crazy. This will become the most viewed video for a long time no doubt.

    48. Russell Bezette

      *A small price to pay for salvation.*

    49. Splurge Content

      Really awesome video Kurgesagt. Loved the content ❤️

    50. Devlins10

      Not getting Gates killer vaccine. #1


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    52. Cristina Flores Borowski

      Eu achei esse vídeo fantástico! Recebi ele pelo whatsapp e resolvi compartilhá-lo no FB, pois achei muito didático e muito bem feito, e achei que mais pessoas deveriam assisti-lo. O vídeo que assisti havia sido dublado para o português e, no final, o dublador ainda fez referências a este canal e recomendou que as pessoas o visitassem, devido aos conteúdos. Ocorre, para minha surpresa, que o FB bloqueou o vídeo na minha página, pois o conteúdo não era meu, e a pedido do Kurzgesagt. Muito constrangedor. Nunca atribuí os créditos a mim. E se não fosse por essa versão, eu nunca teria conhecido esse canal no You Tube. Ok. Parabéns. Vou ter que excluir o vídeo do meu FB e muitas pessoas que adorariam assistir ao vídeo e conhecer o canal não vão. Vai entender...

    53. Samantha Van sickle

      How dose it feel to 10 mill before no other German

    54. Hannaneh STM

      The inside our body is really like the outside, our world systems

    55. nini nini

      Wait bacteria ! Again !

    56. nini nini

      Amazing !

    57. LilNecoy ツ

      Y'all happy to become batman now?! FUCK CHINA!

      1. Gao thomas

        Fuck you , you little shit!

    58. nini nini

      Can’t believe I missed this !

    59. Just Rito

      How to become the most popular video on a channel in 2 weeks.

    60. The Rabbit Hole

      The animations on this video are top notch! They should win a streamy for this 🏆

    61. grapy

      Great, useful, concise, accurate information. As expected from this channel. I really can't appreciate you enough. Love ur work ❤️.

    62. Jason Koid

      cant phages kill coronavirus

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    64. Leon Jones

      Soap and toilet paper are now gods :D

    65. Ki Ra

      Your channel has the prettiest animations and simplest explanations. Makes it so interesting

    66. Eyenet2u

      Covid-19 is an inexpensive silent military coup collectively conducted by all IMF members Central Banks in perfect harmony with their weaponized mass media LED screens (Lies Emitting Diodes). Our owners at the IMF have decided that this WWW3 shall be "A War On AIR" then they quickly & brilliantly enacted their pre-planned harsh and permanent martial laws on every planation ( they own. Please accept and obey these simple facts so that your daily anxiety levels will be much more manageable.

    67. Free to play

      Then there’s LiL Pump “Wrist got Corona! Neck Got Ebola!”

    68. art krishna

      please take a video on human embryo development

    69. Brady Boisclair

      who is here because your teachers linked it and said watch this

    70. Mermaidgirl007

      Yeaahhhhh not touching my face is gonna be hard for me cuz I have RLLY bad exma idk how to spell it My exma is so bad that I really shouldn’t have white bedding because I have long hair by beds covered with hair then I get all itchy THEN I scratch so hard I draw blood and yea I do have prescription cream and I ain’t taking it cuz I’m scared it will sting and sometimes it stings so much I start shaking and feeling light headed but that doesn’t last long and if your reading this comment only the first line matters

    71. Vaibhav Sawhney

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="388">6:28</a> Turn off that tap!

    72. Tommy Vercetti

      I just saw a fragment of this video on Spanish tv haha

    73. Cameron Saiani

      Hello :) you always Britain my day creep up the good work

    74. Random Smugger

      (Gets bacteriophage cereal)

      1. a-john

        Random Smugger bacteriophages kill only bacteria, hence the root: bacterio. we have recently discovered virophages but we know barely anything about them. the coronavirus is a virus, a common cold strain. bacteriophage is a name that means “eater of bacteria”

    75. harry milian


    76. DaReal BabyJBlood23

      This the best Subscription in the corona virus solving Subscriptions EVER made I would recommend Kurzgesagt is the BEST

    77. BaliDash GD

      "What happened to Covids 1-18? And why covid?" My theory: (Co)rona (Vi)rus + discovered in (D)ecember of 20(19) = COVID-19

      1. a-john

        BaliDash GD yeah, i was clarifying, i didn’t disagree

      2. BaliDash GD

        @a-john that's lowkey what I said

      3. a-john

        BaliDash GD the reason the 19 is there is because it was discovered in 2019.

    78. Julie

      cells at work anyone?

    79. Ethan Hill

      Why do people dislike this vid your a boomer if u dislike