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 NutshellPirms 12 dienām

    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 DayPirms 21 Stundas

    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 ManPirms 7 dienām

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

  4. ABetterWeapon

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  5. Rodrigo Py

    Rodrigo PyPirms 11 dienām

    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 XionPirms 12 dienām

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

  7. Storm Rapid

    Storm RapidPirms 7 Stundām

    Coronavirus spreads* Tiktokers: -Time to lick some toilets

  8. Ninja Origami

    Ninja OrigamiPirms 7 Stundām

    what happens if you die do you go to heaven or hell or nothing please make a video about this

  9. stasinos sofroniou

    stasinos sofroniouPirms 7 Stundām

    Very nicely made video. Thank you!!!

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  11. Viky

    VikyPirms 7 Stundām

    Funny how everything is a business....they just had to include the ads😒 knowing everyone will be watching this.

  12. Daniel Kolbin

    Daniel KolbinPirms 8 Stundām

    people should also stop panicking and realizing it's not that bad

  13. Yash D

    Yash DPirms 8 Stundām

    Wonderful video!! A big thank you to everyone who was behind creating this video! With so much misinformation going around it's wonderful to see videos like this in where I can only imagine that a lot of hard work has gone into getting as much accurate information as possible and creating it in such a short time! Well done!! Keep the good work guys!

  14. Trong Song Do

    Trong Song DoPirms 8 Stundām

    Also please wear the mask. It will help to protect you. From Vietnam with true love!

  15. MushroomMario

    MushroomMarioPirms 8 Stundām

    The masks don't really protect you. You can still catch the virus.

  16. 《UNKNOW 》

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    Coronavirus: Enters the Body Strong Immunesystem: So you have chosen death

  17. Alibey Pirnazarli

    Alibey PirnazarliPirms 9 Stundām

    I'd like to ask a question out of this topic actually. If space and time are required for a matter to exist, so is there actually non-existence that we are not aware of?

  18. Martie Durana

    Martie DuranaPirms 9 Stundām

    in the US, because ventilators are running out, hospitals are forced to sedate patients until eventual death.

  19. A Peťka

    A PeťkaPirms 9 Stundām

    This is officially the most viewed Kurzgesagt video

  20. Koala G

    Koala GPirms 9 Stundām

    why 9k dislikes??? i'm curious...

  21. green_ivy 8779

    green_ivy 8779Pirms 9 Stundām

    I'm lucky cuz I take probiotics and it turns out it kills them. Maybe not all, but the majority of the virus.

  22. Aj Dogz

    Aj DogzPirms 9 Stundām

    Um, I'm saying this here cause it's the most recent video but I think you have gotten antioxidants wrong this whole time, they are usually not a homemade pesticide or whatever, the clue is in the name. They prevent oxidation of your cells by free radicals by donating a electron that the free radical oxygen would normally take from the cell.

  23. violet s

    violet sPirms 9 Stundām

    Kurzgesagt, can bacteriophage kill coronavirus???

  24. MushroomMario

    MushroomMarioPirms 8 Stundām

    No, because Bacteriophages kill _bacteria_ not viruses.

  25. Lady Hawk

    Lady HawkPirms 9 Stundām

    We're in lock down The word is Lock Down!. For the people who don't understand the word it means STAY INDOORS and ISOLATE!. Some people are calling it a police state how ignorant these people are... The police are doing a great job and if drone's are going to help with tracking so be it...Im all for it! ... Very boring having to isolate but its a very small price to pay to save your life and other's... ISOLATE and we can beat this virus!...

  26. Viktor Swiz

    Viktor SwizPirms 10 Stundām

    Se ho la tosse o il naso che cola, comincio a bere una soluzione acquosa di perossido di idrogeno e anche attraverso una macchina a spruzzo inspiro una soluzione acquosa nei polmoni attraverso il naso e la bocca. Quasi 2 anni non ho queste malattie virali, passano all'istante. In generale, tutti secondo la sua fede.

  27. Vincenzo Ferrara

    Vincenzo FerraraPirms 10 Stundām

    question: if the lipid viral layer is destroyed after injecting its RNA into the human cell, how does it the RNA then enter through the other cell walls?

  28. big Chungus

    big ChungusPirms 10 Stundām

    You should do a video talking about nanotechnology

  29. Frost Fire

    Frost FirePirms 10 Stundām

    Just be thankful you weren't alive during the Black Death

  30. He3fire

    He3firePirms 10 Stundām

    Lair lair pans on fire CCP never ever told the world about CCP virus until it was too late. Ask Italy

  31. COVID-19

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    It is me

  32. Morgan Drenthen

    Morgan DrenthenPirms 10 Stundām

    This has always been the cutest and most beautiful artsy and informative channel I've been watching for the past 6 or 7 years. Thank you so much!

  33. susan dmelli

    susan dmelliPirms 10 Stundām

    Wait, so covid 19 is just a form of Coronavirus which causes common cold, and is equally dangerous as other coronavirus and spread like other flu does...

  34. Food Science & Technology Desk

    Food Science & Technology DeskPirms 11 Stundām

    really but really great video. Best.

  35. Carmen Cabrera

    Carmen CabreraPirms 11 Stundām

    Por favor cuidemonos no salgamos tanto a la calle si no es urgente

  36. Eric 98

    Eric 98Pirms 11 Stundām

    We are all already dead

  37. Goki_ Lorelei295

    Goki_ Lorelei295Pirms 11 Stundām

    非常にためになる動画です。字幕も付いていて理解を深めることができました。 ところで、教育的で狂気的な緑のやつからここに来た人居ませんか?

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    Im sure that we defeat SARS-CoV-2 before end od May.

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    this became the most popular video on this channel in a week, mindblowing

  43. Maria MK

    Maria MKPirms 11 Stundām

    What an amazing Job Kurzgesagt Team !!!! Another video debunking all fake news and conspiracy theories would be so necessary and helpful as well. My Family memebers that are not as educated can't stop spaming me with them! I really try to explain to them but sometimes visuals help people understand things better! Keep up your good work! Hands down my favourite channel👍

  44. Ammar Danish

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    We have to stay at home to not get the corona virus

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  46. Machhyndra Nath

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    dear kurzgesagt somebody is translating (describing) ur video in marathi(india) & circulating ! earlier when it was not computerage! books were plagiarised by similar community& folks! dont know link but doubt their copyright permissions! & cannot upload it here bcz therz no such provision! kindly mention strict copyright plagiarising action if u wish!! in ur description ! but if u wish2 b lenient about it! its ur call!! thanx 4 wonderful hardwork

  47. Nicky Boi

    Nicky BoiPirms 12 Stundām

    *its corona time*

  48. Oros Rha

    Oros RhaPirms 12 Stundām

    the virus is a chemical weapon & become a cover up for this event - the illuminati (Satanic CULT) are under arrest ... troops already send out to Europe by Trump ... Gesara-Nesara (the stolen money) implement ... the most richest people who are the controller of this world replace by the people ... free energy activate ... all internet either slow down or disconnected by now ... TV BOARDCASTING THE BIG PICTURE DAILY AFTER THE ARREST ... electricity still there only phone & internet within the plan ... WE NEED TO MEDITATE THIS IS THE DIVINE RIGHT PLAN FOR EARTH & HUMANITY ... NO MORE INTRUDERS & INVADERS AS WELL AS FALLEN ENTITIES DECEPTION ... SAFE EARTH ASCENSION IN FULL SWING WITH SUN 8 HOSTING ... etc 😇💙💖

  49. MushroomMario

    MushroomMarioPirms 8 Stundām

    You made absolutely no sense.

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  51. VortexYoutube

    VortexYoutubePirms 12 Stundām

    Thanks kurzgesagt for the information

  52. Ben Arthur Raffles

    Ben Arthur RafflesPirms 12 Stundām

    try singing these lyrics with the "if you're happy and you know it clap your hands" song The corona will not get me no way the corona will not get me no way you better run away before you run my way the corona will not get me no way

  53. MorpheiX

    MorpheiXPirms 12 Stundām

    holy crap great job for thoses 20M views, 100% deserved and I hope it'll go further

  54. hiro T

    hiro TPirms 12 Stundām

    to medical doctor! please check BCG vaccine tokyo 174-2! that is why japan & taiwan & thailand & iraq are safe now!

  55. Traplolihunter

    TraplolihunterPirms 12 Stundām

    what we really need right now is cells at work explaining this

  56. Ryan Layus MD

    Ryan Layus MDPirms 12 Stundām

    Nagspread na eh

  57. Harry Pinches

    Harry PinchesPirms 12 Stundām

    Let's all hope one day we can watch this back and say 'thank goodness it all turned out ok'

  58. CCheukKa

    CCheukKaPirms 12 Stundām

    Coronavirus? LVgo: Demonitized

  59. Hacker Gamer

    Hacker GamerPirms 12 Stundām

    First:find a Chilling that cool down imunne system Number two: i had found that might join the imunne system call "the trapper virus" it trap corona and Fire anti-body and the trapper virus will crack and find another crack so they can combine and find more corona

  60. Cap903

    Cap903Pirms 12 Stundām

    I usually find this art style really aesthetically pleasing but I gotta say that those human designs were a bit offputting-looking. Why no necks?

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    2018M view Holy

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    Johnny KallonPirms 13 Stundām

    This became his most viewed video in a matter of 12 days. 🦠😷

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    kakka carrotcake supersandlegendPirms 13 Stundām

    The china CCP virus

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    Can i save this video? I wanna use it for my school task.

  66. Reza Kak

    Reza KakPirms 14 Stundām

    Shame on China

  67. slaviboy

    slaviboyPirms 14 Stundām

    REST OF THE WORLD: THIS IS A PANDEMIC!!! CHINA: 3.6 Roentgen Not great, Not terrible

  68. Shyamanand Shrivastav

    Shyamanand ShrivastavPirms 14 Stundām

    What if human worker were replaced by rodot

  69. Ninja Sushi

    Ninja SushiPirms 14 Stundām

    Brilliant video.

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    avdhut aherPirms 14 Stundām

    I have to translate your video to our mother toung marathi language pls support us?

  71. Professor Gaster

    Professor GasterPirms 14 Stundām

    GUYS I FOUND A CURE FOR CORONAVIRUS!: When the Coronavirus infects you, it damages your immune system and lungs, and probably other organs. When it damages the Immune system, bacteria can get in, causing the REAL damage(its really not coronavirus who kills you, its the bacteria that gets in) and damaging your organs. The most dangerous organism in earth, the Bacteriophage(A.K.A: Phage), kills specific bacteria depending on its kind, but is harmless to humans. It has been tested safe before in an old dying male patient who has no other choice. It still hasnt been approved by the Government yet but it can be used as a cure. Comparing Antibiotics and Phages: Antibiotics kills all bacterias including good ones who we need Phages kills specific bacterias depending on its kind(of Phages). When bacteria gets inside you, you will be injected with millions of Phages, and the phages will kill all bacterias. If the permanent cure for Coronavirus hasnt been invented yet, it is possible that bacteria might evolve to be immune to phages, but losing its immunity to antibiotics, thats where we inject the antibiotics again. We can just do it over and over again until the true cure for Coronavirus has been invented yet. I forgot to say that coronavirus and the immune system kill themselves together and the coronavirus is finally gone from your body :D.


    SHCENCO GAMINGPirms 10 Stundām

    Sorry but can you get to the point

  73. Schnabelwetzer 9

    Schnabelwetzer 9Pirms 14 Stundām

    Ist dieser Kanal nicht deutsch

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  75. Judy Moon

    Judy MoonPirms 15 Stundām

    Humans deserve corona. We are toxic creatures and bad for this world. I'm sad that more people haven't died.

  76. Ezara 95

    Ezara 95Pirms 15 Stundām

    Does someone feels bad about the lady who died because of bacteria

  77. de nny

    de nnyPirms 15 Stundām

    I saw same video on news just now

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    eshwar guptaPirms 15 Stundām

    Your video is used in news channels great

  80. JacobiNablaLaplace

    JacobiNablaLaplacePirms 15 Stundām

    Dónde lo puedo ver en español latino

  81. Franklin Blunt

    Franklin BluntPirms 16 Stundām

    So much ignorance & blatant exploitation. COV-19 is a ruse. No other infectious disease, illness, injury, or cause of death happening? The ruse that was exploited by systemic corruption while chickenshit ignorant populace fell for it. How is this ruse shocking to people, unless they are clueless which is not unusual. They let it happen, as kleptocracy & corruption abounds because people are easily exploited. Shameful.

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    Kurgesagt - Giving you paranoia & depression since 2013 YOUR WELCOME!

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    China Virus

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    Çinlilərə nifrətim dahada artdı😲😲😲

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  88. ravey23

    ravey23Pirms 16 Stundām

    I feel like with the Coronavirus around, the idiots in society are also getting fished out lmao

  89. Sergeant Liang

    Sergeant LiangPirms 16 Stundām

    Kurzgesagt:Don't get infected. Me:I won't be infected,because my mom kills them by being angry...

  90. Harsh Bhavsar

    Harsh BhavsarPirms 16 Stundām

    I don't understand the 9.1K people who have downvoted this short, information packed, highly educative video. Keep up the good work Kurzgesagt.

  91. Lin Keong Kim

    Lin Keong KimPirms 17 Stundām

    This is indeed a good video. While waiting for the effective vaccine for the cure, there is a natural compound that we may consider: Nicotianamine from soybean. Click to find out more: @ WHO had characterized CoVid-19 a pandemic.“Nicotianamine should be a useful tool for elucidation of physiological function of ACE2. The isolated novel rhACE2 inhibitor from soybean, nicotianamine, is a beneficial compound for in vivo studies because of its origin in a foodstuff.” according to S. Takahashi et al. in "Nicotianamine is a novel angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 inhibitor in soybean. Biomedical Research (Tokyo) 36 (3) 219-224, 2015" “Since ACE2 is critical for the 2019-nCoV infection, we hypothesize that nicotianamine may block the infection of 2019-nCoV through inhibiting ACE2, which needs further investigation.” said Hansen Chen and Qiaohui Du in "Potential natural compounds for preventing SARS-CoV-2 (2019-nCoV) infection."