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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  • 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 muaj më parë
    • and drink alchoholl kids do it

      jason Marcianojason MarcianoMuaj më parë
    • 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 muaj më parë
    • brilliant work as usual. Love the animations & clear, concise explanations. Well done team!

      The Tik-Tok ManThe Tik-Tok Man2 muaj më parë
    • boost.

      ABetterWeaponABetterWeapon2 muaj më parë
    • 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 muaj më parë
  • phage can stop covid 19

    Sarower MorshedSarower Morshed8 minuta më parë
  • Coronavirus can't f*ck with me

    Jacob LJacob L12 minuta më parë
  • 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 Bindini27 minuta më parë
  • The first line itself is incorrect, they notified about the virus in late January.

    Ankit KadamAnkit Kadam41 minutë më parë
  • Still cant belive theres no mask tip in thsi video

    Dummy!Dummy!3 orë më parë

    Gee WhizzGee Whizz4 orë më parë
  • Covi-20

    UnlimitedAdsUnlimitedAds4 orë më parë
  • which app did You use to make this video???

    Jimmy CaiJimmy Cai5 orë më parë
  • Coronavirus: _exists_ Commenters: *I see an opportunity*

    FluteyFlutey8 orë më parë
  • ......

    邱于榛邱于榛11 orë më parë
  • Americans should check this video Just saing

    pedro cardosopedro cardoso12 orë më parë
  • Take two HQC , vitamin d , zithomax, and zinc and call me in the morning.

    Bat ManBat Man14 orë më parë
  • 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 Swart15 orë më parë
  • 치료가능한 임계점이 나라마다 다를텐데 우리나라는 어떨지 궁금하다

    전지전지17 orë më parë
  • China!

    杏17 orë më parë
  • people watching this after the lockdown: WHO WATCHED AFTER LOCKDONWNWNWN11!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!1/1"?"!?"?!"?!"?!?"!? "/3

    Arren J's Cookery ShowArren J's Cookery Show19 orë më parë
  • My mom has detected positive today, Please pray for her. Thank you

    Shekhar JadhavShekhar Jadhav20 orë më parë
  • 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. Ekegård20 orë më parë
  • They predicted the current situation perfectly

    Corrugate IndustriesCorrugate Industries22 orë më parë
  • Don't like video

    Nidhi BansalNidhi Bansal22 orë më parë
    • Why? Was it caused by 5g?

      alba animationsalba animations14 orë më parë
    • No

      Gen ZGen Z22 orë më parë
  • sars 2 is very danger

    이진우이진우22 orë më parë
  • 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 shaikhDitë më parë
  • 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 LoeraDitë më parë
    • @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 Loera22 orë më parë
    • Well not entirely

      Hamzah Ahmed Year 6Hamzah Ahmed Year 622 orë më parë
  • A magyar felirat <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="420">7:00</a> -nál elég pontatlan és így veszélyes is.. a sarjabbak még félreérthetik. Bár ők meg nem keverednek ide :D

    Sz MihálySz MihályDitë më parë
  • I also made a covid-19 Animation. Please Check it out.

    MyToonsMyToonsDitë më parë
  • Please subscribe to my channel, my dad says if i get 200 subscribers he will buy me a doggo.

    ParodieManParodieManDitë më parë
  • Microscpe made people fool

    dldlckdtndldlckdtnDitë më parë
    • you made people fool

      HelixXHelixX19 orë më parë
  • Liar

    dldlckdtndldlckdtnDitë më parë
    • @dldlckdtn 이야기하고 마

      EXO-kpop group /multistan exo-l fanboy hahaEXO-kpop group /multistan exo-l fanboy haha23 orë më parë
    • @Maggiethegsd 등쉰

      dldlckdtndldlckdtnDitë më parë
    • Shut up Karen

      MaggiethegsdMaggiethegsdDitë më parë
  • Let’s all save lives!

    Kilian GUNGADOOKilian GUNGADOODitë më parë
  • People who do not like this video think that corona is spread by the 5G network

    Oskar ParsonsOskar ParsonsDitë më parë
    • Oskar Parsons please do everyone a favour and move to the Australian outback, thank you

      alba animationsalba animations14 orë më parë

    Adrienne Estelle FernandezAdrienne Estelle FernandezDitë më parë
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="388">6:28</a> 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 WasDeletedDitë më parë
  • Liked and subbed. Great vid

    FortniteSucks SuckerFortniteSucks SuckerDitë më parë
  • And the best is... This channel is from German creators

    salzig knalzigsalzig knalzigDitë më parë
  • can we use Bacteriophage to get rid of COVID?

    The Bowl of CerealThe Bowl of CerealDitë më parë
    • The Bowl of Cereal no, bacteriaphages kill bacteria, covid is a virus

      alba animationsalba animations14 orë më parë
  • Be nice

    Scedic PlayzScedic PlayzDitë më parë
  • Wow

    Tabiba nisaTabiba nisaDitë më parë
  • 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 FranklinDitë më parë
    • @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?

      MaggiethegsdMaggiethegsd5 orë më parë
    • @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

      HelixXHelixX14 orë më parë
    • @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 Franklin19 orë më parë
    • "apply cold water to a burned area"

      HelixXHelixX19 orë më parë
    • 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?

      MaggiethegsdMaggiethegsdDitë më parë
  • 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 LinDitë më parë

      Christine LinChristine Lin17 orë më parë
    • you wont die unless youre so old you crumble into dust or your so young your bones melt because they havent solidified yet

      HelixXHelixX19 orë më parë
  • Ex-most viewed video: 5 years old Fermi Paradox This video: STONKS

    Etienne LamoleEtienne Lamole2 ditë më parë
  • Right now it's spine fluid harvesting. (all deaths are rona) Heavy metals vaccines to close down pineal gland. Nanobots to detect crown chakra awakening hormones (corona) This world is over and done with.

    Gods Plan MediaGods Plan Media2 ditë më parë
    • What?

      EXO-kpop group /multistan exo-l fanboy hahaEXO-kpop group /multistan exo-l fanboy haha23 orë më parë
    • Wtf

      MaggiethegsdMaggiethegsdDitë më parë
  • 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!

    marteiasimarteiasi2 ditë më parë
  • It’s amazing how you condense complex topics in less than 10min which in itself is a difficult task. Thank you Kurzgesagt.

    Lumiah499Lumiah4992 ditë më parë
  • Government:Stay at Home People to Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Churches: No.

    Uh HiUh Hi2 ditë më parë
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="28">0:28</a> that monkey be flexing on us with his tissue roll

    The Wolf PredatorThe Wolf Predator2 ditë më parë
    • tissue roll? what kind if country do you live in?

      HelixXHelixX20 orë më parë

    Firstname LastnameFirstname Lastname2 ditë më parë

    Firstname LastnameFirstname Lastname2 ditë më parë
    • @Firstname Lastname you have the intelligence of a four year old

      Nick GurNick Gur6 orë më parë
    • @Firstname Lastname ok Karen

      HeyHey18 orë më parë
    • 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 Lastname18 orë më parë
    • 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 Z22 orë më parë
    • Ok karen

      HeyHeyDitë më parë
  • Atleast i have cells who fight for me ☺️

    Misaki MeiMisaki Mei2 ditë më parë
  • Karens: "iTs BeCaUsE ThE 5g ToWeRs"

    Eki LavaEki Lava2 ditë më parë
  • did anyone else notice that the banana replaced with toilet paper

    mocks SuSmocks SuS2 ditë më parë
  • Corona : I'm gonna- Taiwan and Greenland : No

    Traior246Traior2462 ditë më parë
  • The Only Thing We Can Do : 1. NOT GET INFECTED BY OTHERS 2. NOT INFECT OTHERS me : wtf?

    Cleon Plays GamesCleon Plays Games2 ditë më parë
  • Where are the birds

    helth stonkshelth stonks2 ditë më parë
    • if youre talking about seaguls they all starve because there arent humans to throw trash for seaguls to eat

      HelixXHelixX19 orë më parë
  • God: I love my humans! Also God: Here are viruses, bacteria, ticks, and worms. Good luck!

    And Now That You Are Here, It's Crystal Clear!And Now That You Are Here, It's Crystal Clear!2 ditë më parë
  • Best job i ever had.

    DOUGIE FRESH 007DOUGIE FRESH 0072 ditë më parë
    • While everyone else laughed at kid from Florida.

      DOUGIE FRESH 007DOUGIE FRESH 0072 ditë më parë
    • Was to stand up for Prince Harry and Princess Megan Markle.

      DOUGIE FRESH 007DOUGIE FRESH 0072 ditë më parë
  • Well, I acctualy had more fun that I have in my normal life. Quarantine is not so bad. Stay at home boiz!

    Ege İşeriEge İşeri2 ditë më parë
  • Kurzgesagt do you have birds

    Sebastian AdamczykSebastian Adamczyk2 ditë më parë
  • I had coronavirus and did not have no symptoms then I learned I had antibodies

    Jeffrey CariasJeffrey Carias2 ditë më parë
  • who is even dislikeing this video???

    mirummirum2 ditë më parë
    • karens: "5g towers cause corona! fakE neWs! DiSLiKeE!"

      HelixXHelixX20 orë më parë
  • So we die because of bacterias not by the virus...hmmm

    OruCutting OruvotingOruCutting Oruvoting2 ditë më parë
  • Me : *Watch Video* Also Me : nah i stay in home and play Animal Crossing

    tyuriktyurik2 ditë më parë
  • watching this with a tube down my throat in hospital ICU after tested positive.

    muhd nabilmuhd nabil2 ditë më parë
    • Get well soon❤️

      EXO-kpop group /multistan exo-l fanboy hahaEXO-kpop group /multistan exo-l fanboy haha23 orë më parë
  • Didn't get one thing here. In that graph where Corona was spreading at a faster rate, the virus is also ending quickly so the area under the graph which gives us the number of affected cases is almost the same as the one where it was spreading at a slower rate but was there for a longer period of time.(donno why is that the case). I am definitely interpreting this wrong here hope someone can explain

    Fariah SiddiquiFariah Siddiqui3 ditë më parë
    • @Fariah Siddiqui no problem dude

      BeaBea3 ditë më parë
    • @Bea thanks buddy

      Fariah SiddiquiFariah Siddiqui3 ditë më parë
    • the one over a longer period of time is what we are aiming for since the slower rate of people needing to go to the hospital is much more manageable. The higher rate will overwhelm hospitals and cause people who may need medical care to be unable to get it. The number of cases in that graph are the same but it's the rate of cases that matters

      BeaBea3 ditë më parë
  • Anyone noticed that Greenland was not infected in the video “just like the simulations”

    Boring PersonBoring Person3 ditë më parë
  • Kurzgesagt - is the best channel! Corona is sh*t.

    Blaze FlameBlaze Flame3 ditë më parë
  • Cute explanation I loved it! 👄💅🏻

    Alex BryantAlex Bryant3 ditë më parë
  • Cure Coronavirus with CRISPR!!!

    Antique TVAntique TV3 ditë më parë

    베텔게우스베텔게우스3 ditë më parë
  • very deeply explained very good Exlient!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gurwinder KaurGurwinder Kaur3 ditë më parë
  • The people that disliked the video are either the corona virus cells, or psychopaths who wanna watch the world burn.

    Dayton PhillipsDayton Phillips3 ditë më parë
    • nah theyre karens who think 5g towers cause corona

      HelixXHelixX20 orë më parë
  • Now we wait if the slow pandemic is worth it after the crisis compared to the fast pandemic since it is the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

    HoodyHoody3 ditë më parë
  • China comes up with a new edition of disease every other decade this one is gonna be wild!

    Roy requires WiFiRoy requires WiFi3 ditë më parë
  • Corona virus or virus coronA

    Aryo JwAryo Jw3 ditë më parë
  • everything on urt channel is so entertaining

    Bhuvan PatchalaBhuvan Patchala3 ditë më parë
  • Like the video so it will get recommended to other people *PLEASE*

    ͡ ͜ʖ ͡͡ ͜ʖ ͡3 ditë më parë
  • A Virus is a protein capable of multiplying!

    Luisito MariLuisito Mari3 ditë më parë
  • a virus is a protein capable of multiplying

    Luisito MariLuisito Mari3 ditë më parë
  • So what if u drink soup XD

    Hamzah Ahmed Year 6Hamzah Ahmed Year 63 ditë më parë
  • soacl ditace

    Piyush KashyapPiyush Kashyap3 ditë më parë