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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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    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!

    • Aaron Day
      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!

    • The Tik-Tok Man
      The Tik-Tok Man

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

    • ABetterWeapon


    • Rodrigo Py
      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!

    • Ching Wei Xion
      Ching Wei Xion

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

  • Praneel Easwaran
    Praneel Easwaran

    Thanks for giving us facts and a source we can trust

  • john Hopwood
    john Hopwood

    ttt...make a face shield...cut a two liter pop bottle down one side baseball cap put under headband

  • まげ

    thank you flom Japan


    It will be really interesting to know how this virus generated.

  • tarek soukara
    tarek soukara

    amazing videos, keep making like videos so that we could entertain ourselves in the quarantine at home

  • BD 43
    BD 43

    Excellent public service message; one we should all heed...simple guidelines to preventing a "fast" spread vs a "slow" one (wash hands, keep 6ft distance, etc)...grateful to be in Calif that adopted a Stay At Home order early...Covid-19 is no joke; it can take down young and old alike..."Flatten The Curve"

  • AdibzChan

    can someone see that at the intro <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="24">0:24</a> .the monkey is holding PAPER TISSUE!Compare it to ANOTHER VID INTRO! LIKE IF U SEE THE DIFFERENCE

  • screaming_cactus

    America be like: GOTTA GO FAST!!!!

  • David Bergmann
    David Bergmann

    This is important stuff 🍄🍄🦌

  • Alex Schaal 2
    Alex Schaal 2

    Bru just breath in the soap

  • Zyanaster

    As of April 4th, 2020 why the FUCK would anyone dislike a informational video??? To educate and to inform is the very essence of humanity. To pass down knowledge to each other to help one another. I am truly am at a loos for words.

    • Zyanaster

      These people are the same ones that are still going out, unknowingly infecting other people.

  • Angie Castillo
    Angie Castillo

    I really wish they could make a test to check if you already had it. Myself and some others I know had very bad flu like symptoms back in December. I remember I was in bed for 3 days, I would try to stand up and felt like I was going to faint. I had very bad fever and chills, I couldn't stop my body from shaking from the chills. I had a very bad cough were there were moments I couldn't grasp air and I remember being very scared of not being able to breath. I've never felt that sick in my entire life and actually though someone could really die from a flu but then i got tested for flu and came out negative. My doctor told me they were seeing many patients with flu like symptoms but when tested were negative. I don't know but I wonder if this virus was here earlier than what we really think.

  • shan mugam
    shan mugam

    you given a good information about corona virus

  • Mechell Graham Channel
    Mechell Graham Channel

    Thank you for this. I’ll share it with my friends and family

  • right spyder
    right spyder

    *Before knowing the science behind corona virus:* Just a flu, we'll get over it soon *After knowing the science behind it:* How the hell is this thing jdjdjdkdbdkksiensmjswk We are screwed.

  • jtcouch

    By treating early, at the onset of fever, coughing and other symptoms, Covid-19 is less likely to progress to pneumonia and is also less likely to invade other organs such as the heart and kidneys. The last thing you want is to wind up in the ICU on a breathing machine. Lack of a quick and easy test has led to 1,000s of needless deaths. That quick test is now available from Abbott Labs, but there remains a distribution problem and a local doctor awareness problem.

  • Lucky Jacob
    Lucky Jacob

    I feel like you are making your own philosophy when seeing your other videos

  • pclouds

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="28">0:28</a> the monkey is hoarding toilet papers

  • CamCon

    Video idea: what if the rapture happened today?

  • El Frutero
    El Frutero

    I know that these videos take like half a year to make but could you guys do one on 5G? I'm getting sick of watching people making wacky arguments about mind control, radiation poisoning and stuff like that, would be much appreciated, thanks.

  • Đỗ Quốc Tài
    Đỗ Quốc Tài

    Who Creator Virus corona 19?

  • Aiden Faeez
    Aiden Faeez

    Hey,I have a question about black holes. Could a black hole bump into another black hole? If it could,what would happen?

  • Nazia Kazmi
    Nazia Kazmi

    Hey your video was on the TV in our country but it was cutted a bit and translated in our own language

  • Emily Medler
    Emily Medler

    Very cool video.


    Some people say this virus was modified to be highly contagious and I think this could be true. Maybe the world won't be the same after this pandemic but I sure Yavé will punish all the murders behind this evil plan.

  • Vương Nguyễn Nhân
    Vương Nguyễn Nhân

    I'm from Vietnam, where no one has died of Corona virus, I'm proud of my country .

  • Kabir Palamadai
    Kabir Palamadai

    We'll you guys did the right thing making a coronavirus video... Look how many views you guys have 👍

  • Dank Duck
    Dank Duck

    Just drink a milk bucket an you’ll be fine

  • GlitterKeithy

    Person: Relax! It’s not the end of the world! 2020: I’m about to end your whole career.

  • Diorite Dudes
    Diorite Dudes

    I know someone who got this and recovered in 3 days. Just calm down, we'll be fine.

  • Piecemaker Noalias
    Piecemaker Noalias

    Will we get more videos on COVID-19 as time passes? Not that it should be immediate, but the information and statistics are changing all the time.

  • Keeganflyn

    3 million people die of heart attacks every year. I’m not scared of a flu

  • Keeganflyn

    This is fucking bullshit. I’m done. I’m going to socialize all I want. Fuck being in quarantine for months!

  • S MM
    S MM

    Imagine downvoting this video 🤕🥴

  • Prince Leader
    Prince Leader

    Thank you Kurzgesagt crew. This is a genuinely informative and educational video on the Virus, and I'm glad the bird army has come to address this together! As a cashier, myself and my coworkers are doing our best to keep our store clean and our product fresh! Thanks for the notoriety and thanks, it's always appreciated. This is a Team Effort, glad to be part of the team.

  • Malvin Keone
    Malvin Keone

    who is here after the virus hit a million subs?

  • Kit Kat
    Kit Kat

    Fast Epidemic: Current Situation in NYC :(

  • killme420

    I have an interesting idea for a video for u at kurtsguzart what if we turn Jupiter in to a star

  • Meow Robin
    Meow Robin

    2 Weeks later after the this video was uploaded, it already became the most viewed video on this channel. Congratulations Kurzgesagt!

  • oskar steinn
    oskar steinn

    Fake the corona. It vot kill you

  • 두유

    제발 손 씻고 마스크 끼고 집에 계세요!!

  • Brian Johnson
    Brian Johnson

    Don't tell me what to do.

  • HYXX

    Does anyone remember the old way they drew immune cells?

  • Prah_Da _G
    Prah_Da _G

    I can't stress enough how stupid it is that people are just now realizing that they should wash their hands.

  • killfun 49
    killfun 49

    U got this video in spanish?

  • David Dong
    David Dong

    This is why masks help lower the risk of infection

  • Bri

    America: We are number one!

  • Alan Hornung
    Alan Hornung

    I learnt so much! ty!

  • Alan Hornung
    Alan Hornung

    Wow amazing vid

  • LemonDrop

    now i feel bad for the characters at "cells at work!"

  • 32 1
    32 1

    some people who have extrovert personality killing us. they deserve to die

  • Fabio Magalhães
    Fabio Magalhães

    i f****ng love this channel

  • MrTron

    Thanos did this.

  • Raphael Brás Ferreira
    Raphael Brás Ferreira

    I just love kurzgesagt videos. s2

  • Row Danilov
    Row Danilov

    people spread the word faster than Covid-19 and we will win this together with our intelligence, don't be afraid calm down and follow the simple instructions given wash your hands and avoid touching your face, wear masks even if it is a bandana it will still lower the chances of the virus spreading.. MIT just released a study they made and came to the conclusion that if some one Sneezes or coughs the virus can be spread to up to 8.2 Meters! and can stay at the air for a solid 3 minutes, so if omeone sneezes on open air without using your elbow if you don't have a surgical mask.. because after you sneeze like that and leave a minute goes by and if in a crowded urban city this happens then dozens of people can be exposed.. leave a like to let others know and STAY SAFE!

  • Roblox Worker
    Roblox Worker

    Corona Virus was a project to make their Hospital Powerful because Chinese always our enemy and lies. The virus is also look suspicious because the Virus do have good fighting sickness so that it would kill them with no cure

    • Dommy kun
      Dommy kun

      man u dumb

  • your mate mozzie
    your mate mozzie

    Conclusion: Stop making coronavirus memes. I think our current situation is terrifying and I'm really scared of our future, and I don't think that memes (making fun of it or ignoring it) it won't help in any way so -A 10 year old in Germany.

  • Jungah Kim
    Jungah Kim

    Can I use this for online class...?

  • Bristol Jakubowski
    Bristol Jakubowski

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="487">8:07</a> Awwwwww, Sure you can go to bed.

  • Oxe Kara
    Oxe Kara

    Parece muito com o formato do Canal Nostalgia (Brasil)

  • Mi Pa
    Mi Pa

    this s so sad

  • eggbert

    Pff kurzgesagt... More like fartzgesagt

    • eggbert


  • beatvampire

    corona virus is gonna end on november

  • Jhon Snow
    Jhon Snow

    Anonymous can you pls hack the chineese computers to reveal the vaccine for USA spain italy & india


    This is a really good analogy, thanks?

  • Hex 720D
    Hex 720D

    Eat a soap a day, keep the doctor away

  • Arno Venter
    Arno Venter

    There it goes, that interracial bullshit again!!

  • osufwiffo

    So, why are we telling people this is more infectious and deadly than Flu, vs "Just like the Flu, only we have no people w/ Anti-body so the effect is more extreme" ?

  • Nikhil Naik
    Nikhil Naik

    The black bird's are so cute 🤗.

  • emirhan kutlu
    emirhan kutlu


  • Harpax A
    Harpax A

    The dislikes are from anti vaxers, Trump supporter and Fox News anchor.

  • Jadeite Nguyen
    Jadeite Nguyen

    Don't worry, coronavirus won't last long, because it made in China. Which you people need to stop getting sick.

  • Open Spaces
    Open Spaces

    How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart-when we are continually overcome by fear, and anxiety? We go along for years moving through our days, propelled by habit, taking life pretty much for granted until something like this happens. It time to come together UNION in yoga. How do we help? How do we create a world sharing LOVE? How do we work with our actions and our speech and our minds in a way that opens up the space for LOVE rather than closes it down? Making Friends with Yourself is KEY, tune inward GODWARD my ebook is online Metta Magic and has so many fun techniques, if you are in need please inbox me I will share some technique for free! Loving you is the most important thing to do now, start your day looking in the mirror say something wonderful to yourself, for yourself I share this at the end of every YOGA class I teach and now more than ever we need to do this, hugs always missing my University students very much! I am a transformational Life Coach and would love to help!

  • Hasta᭄ el᭄fuego
    Hasta᭄ el᭄fuego

    🐮 🆔 Sounds like shits More suicide then seek people

  • Tapio Myllärinen
    Tapio Myllärinen

    My golden heart of old Finnish peacekeeper and system tester of information networks is full filled. I love This PLsofts Video from the bottom of my heart. It explains very easy way what Corona Virus is and why it is danger for mankind. It gives also good information how I can protect myself and how I can protect other people and why I should do that. What I especially like in this video is that even the video is made and spoken in English I can read it in my own language in Finnish at the same time if I like. I wish this luxory of reading text in own language would be available for every country that person can read the message in her/his own language while watching the video. Next step in Future could be the possibility to hear the video in own language in developing country because even this luxory of reading that is given the most of us in modern societies, not every one can read in developing countries but they can understand their spoken mother language.

  • 차현종

    Im curious whether creativity can be improved or cultivated by drills could you make a video on this

  • JT Leland
    JT Leland

    VIDEO: please stay at home KARENS: ight guess ima lick a toilet seat then

  • Haiden Geary
    Haiden Geary

    Your team is doing absolutely incredible work. I have used this to explain to those... less familiar. Thank you!

  • rubiks6

    (<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="415">6:55</a>) No matter how serious the subject, Kurzgesagt can't resist selling their social agenda. wow