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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Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    9 dni temu

    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!

    • The Tik-Tok Man

      The Tik-Tok Man

      4 dni temu

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

    • ABetterWeapon


      8 dni temu


    • Rodrigo Py

      Rodrigo Py

      9 dni temu

      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

      9 dni temu

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

    • Legendary 44

      Legendary 44

      9 dni temu

      Nicely done

  • Gabriel Muteca

    Gabriel Muteca

    11 godzin temu


  • THaT 0Ņ3 GÃMƏR GŮY lul

    THaT 0Ņ3 GÃMƏR GŮY lul

    11 godzin temu

    So in a nutshell the accent of the narrator
    is quite calming!!
    Yea c'mon YouTube reccomend this to everyone

  • Faisal Alameeri

    Faisal Alameeri

    11 godzin temu

    I Suggest to translate this great video to all major languages in the world. I can help with Arabic Translation.

  • Emma jiang

    Emma jiang

    11 godzin temu

    Narrator: Wash your hands!!!
    Bird: *Licks the window*
    Me: Wat

  • Asep Rohmandarjuara

    Asep Rohmandarjuara

    11 godzin temu

    Good video for Learning And Indetification.

  • h8x0n h8x0n

    h8x0n h8x0n

    11 godzin temu

    No to global lockdown or social distancing.
    The biologically strong will inherit the earth.
    The coronavirus only kills the biologically weak.

  • noone


    11 godzin temu

    The World Health Organization study have shown that Toilet Paper does NOT CURE the COVID-19 virus. So, STOP HOARDING IT!!! 😡😡😂😂

  • Shanebagel


    12 godzin temu

    Roughly 10,000 have died in the span of the last 2 months. In the last 10 days 20,000 have died. In the words of cardi b, coronavarrus shit is getting real

  • Amgad Sulieman

    Amgad Sulieman

    12 godzin temu

    It's not much more dangerous than the flu... it's different than the flu and a bit more dangerous than the flu. If you can diet and exercise strictly you'll be fine but most Americans can't do that therefore it's strength is strictly due to our weakness... bottom line... we have to be fear-stricken in order to give up our freedoms and rights so big brother can bully us into oblivion... 🙂

  • ANI ME!!

    ANI ME!!

    12 godzin temu

    petition to make this in a anime "cells at work" but with a new episode calling "Corona WHAT?!"

  • bagus budi bowo leksono

    bagus budi bowo leksono

    12 godzin temu

    Report text:
    A virus is really just a hull around genetic material and few proteins, arguably not even a living thing.
    this corona virus can only multiply by entering living things. Corona can also stick to everyday items, but not yet known, this virus can survive until when there.
    its playing mode of spread is thought to be due to the liquid that spurts during coughing or flu. or when you touch someone who is sick, then you touch your face, for example your eyes and nose.
    the purpose of the corona virus is digestion, lymph, lung.
    The lungs are surrounded by billions of epithelial cells which are the outer cells of your body lining your organs. the mucosa is waiting to be infected. the corona is connected to specific receptors on the victim's membrane to inject genetic material.
    Corona virus attacks the body's immunity, confusing the immune system. corona makes infected cells overreact and causes immune system chaos and sends more immune cells than needed, thus wasting resources and causing damage.
    there are 2 types of cells that destroy, the first is called neutrophils. These cells are very good at killing pathogens, including healthy cells, once they come together and spread enzymes that destroy many friends and foes. the second cell, called killer T cells, usually orders infected cells to self-control.
    And patients need a ventilator to survive. The immune system's been working hard for weeks. And build a million antiviral weapons. And the thousands of bacteria that broke through quickly made the immune system overwhelmed. Bacteria invade the blood and invade the body.
    If this happens then death will be possible. Corona virus often compared to flu virus. But it's actually more dangerous. Certain death rates are unclear during pandemics. We believe that this is highly contagious and spreading faster than the flu. There are two estimates for a pandemic like a corona, sooner or later. We'll watch it depending on how we deal with it at the onset of aggression. A quick pandemic would be terrifying and cost many lives. Slow pandemics will not be remembered by the history books. The bad scenario for a fast pandemic starts with a fast contagion rate because it has no countermeasures to slow it down. Why is this so bad? Because in a rapid pandemic a lot of people are going to get sick at the same time. Any excess health care facilities will be overwhelmed to overcome. Resources won't be enough like a health staff or equipment like a ventilator left to help everyone. Someone will die unmanageable and as long as the medical personnel get sick. The capacity of the health system will fall even further. If this is real then bad decisions have to be made. Who are supposed to live and who isn't. The number of deaths increased.
    General clasification:
    In December 2019, the Chinese state announced that a virus had spread in their country. the following month, the virus spreads to several countries which caused more casualties every day. this virus is SAR CORV which causes Covid 19 disease, people call it Corona Virus.
    1.The corona's virus could only thrive by inserting living things.
    2.The corona virus can either land or cling to objects and to what extent it remains unknown.
    3.The corona virus can spread from a flu or cough medium, and then when you touch your face, it can spread and enter your body.
    4.The corona virus invades the immune, which causes the immune system to deteriorate.
    5.The corona virus is often likened to a flu virus, but the corona virus is far more dangerous.
    6.There are two forecasts for the corona virus pandemic, which is sooner or later. Therefore, we must try to slow the spread of the corona virus.
    7.Washing hands and keeping your distance from others is the solution to slowing the spread of this virus.
    CLASS. : X IPS 2
    NUMBER: 05

  • 止水冰狼


    12 godzin temu

    U r the Best Knowledge YT



    12 godzin temu

    Fermi Paradoxon: Why do I hear boss music?

  • omnivore gains

    omnivore gains

    12 godzin temu

    Why the toilet paper??????????

  • John.D


    13 godzin temu

    Huge respect to you for making this video in a shortest period of time.

  • SercuteYT


    13 godzin temu

    “Let’s fix this with a controlled shock”

    *plz no hate*

  • 頑人


    13 godzin temu

    Thank you for the very easy-to-understand explanation

    • zijuiy wttuy

      zijuiy wttuy

      13 godzin temu

      short time!

  • YoMaaz


    13 godzin temu

    i love your vids soooooo helpful

    • zijuiy wttuy

      zijuiy wttuy

      13 godzin temu

      Weeks of watching news almost 24/7 and I still learned more about the virus itself within an 8 ½min kurzgesagt video. Thank you very much and great work, especially for this

  • ecryptoMillionaire K

    ecryptoMillionaire K

    13 godzin temu

    hi, this is New WORLD Order plan = Genocide , Forget the Life you know ! = all in a massive prison at home = violation Human rights !

  • Hiya Hi

    Hiya Hi

    13 godzin temu


  • skyblade bloodheart

    skyblade bloodheart

    13 godzin temu

    i think you've done some real good here guys, congrats :D. and maybe even more of a name.

  • Angry spider Robot

    Angry spider Robot

    13 godzin temu

    The only problem we have with washing our hands is they get all dry then our skin starts cracking then you put on lotion then those problems go away.

  • pencil girl

    pencil girl

    13 godzin temu

    corona corona corona corona corona corona !!!!!!!
    1. wash your hand
    2. don't touch me
    3. wear a mask
    4. DON'T TOUCH ME!!!!

  • Baykuş Oynuyor

    Baykuş Oynuyor

    13 godzin temu

    Hi Sir Do You Have Any Plan About Making Any Video About fungi ?

  • Mandy Brooks

    Mandy Brooks

    13 godzin temu

    I like the monkeys holding the toilet paper.

  • Rute Vera Maria Favero

    Rute Vera Maria Favero

    13 godzin temu

    Nem todos entendem o inglês. As legendas que colocaram, em português são ínfimas e, as pessoas idosas leem muito vagarosamente, portanto não conseguiriam ler as legendas em tempo. Há uma versão traduzia/falada em Português, porém @Kurgesagt não autoriza a sua publicação, no Facebook, por exemplo. Se tivéssemos autorização de publicação, inclusive no Facebook, este vídeo teria um alcance muito maior e seria muito mais útil à população... creio, inclusive, que este seja o real objetivo ao desenvolvê-lo, não!?

  • The FBI

    The FBI

    13 godzin temu

    A bunch of stuff fighting for my well being just makes me feel special

  • caitlin tiopira

    caitlin tiopira

    13 godzin temu


  • 7alrichardson


    14 godzin temu

    Awesome, easily understood, understandable by most. Hope more see this.

  • 1-UP


    14 godzin temu

    So it went airborne and blew in the winds and went overseas from country to country etc affecting everyone it touches.

  • BOTJPyoutuber ・

    BOTJPyoutuber ・

    14 godzin temu


  • BitGamer 99

    BitGamer 99

    14 godzin temu

    _oh look, I accidentally clicked on plague inc... _*_WAIT THAT'S GOOGLE MAPS_*

  • John Rhoades

    John Rhoades

    14 godzin temu

    How do viruses know where to hit to kill?

  • Tom Forstmann

    Tom Forstmann

    14 godzin temu

    Weeks of watching news almost 24/7 and I still learned more about the virus itself within an 8 ½min kurzgesagt video. Thank you very much and great work, especially for this short time!

  • belle.k


    15 godzin temu

    So looks like we're having a fast pandemic?

  • Macayle Owasuah

    Macayle Owasuah

    15 godzin temu

    Your grandad saving the world
    World war 2

    You saving the world
    WaShInh YoUr HaNDs


  • I Tell You What Podcast

    I Tell You What Podcast

    15 godzin temu

    How many babies will be conceived during this quarantine I wonder? 😁 A lot of people be home making tiktoks, drinking alcohol, and banging.

  • Franklin Fernandez

    Franklin Fernandez

    15 godzin temu

    Ven a Cristo hoy

  • Galactic Kitty

    Galactic Kitty

    15 godzin temu

    We're on the path for a fast pandemic :(

  • Désiré Poëymirou

    Désiré Poëymirou

    15 godzin temu

    This video should have included more detailed information about about pandemic spread. It is incorrect to call things good or bad without any data to support that claim.

  • Mark Memije

    Mark Memije

    15 godzin temu

    This video has saved thousands if not millions of lives. Thank you.

  • ぶびんぐ


    15 godzin temu

    The fight against unknown viruses has only just begun.
    The generalization can be done after it is over.
    First, don't spread infected people.
    I think it is important to focus on human resources for medical care for seriously ill people.
    It turns out that there is a difference in the symptoms even when infected.
    I think that the point is that people with mild symptoms can tolerate at home to prevent spread.

  • justin xiieru

    justin xiieru

    15 godzin temu

    7:29 ——-i——

  • Rtehg Hsjsv

    Rtehg Hsjsv

    15 godzin temu

    Nobody from 🇬🇷?

  • Roshan Chuwan

    Roshan Chuwan

    16 godzin temu

    Wait a second...They mentioned cornovirus so isn't this video demotized?

  • TheGavinPlayz50 YT

    TheGavinPlayz50 YT

    16 godzin temu

    It is fun I love not going to school

  • İ_zlemeyi arzul_a

    İ_zlemeyi arzul_a

    16 godzin temu


  • Monica Calderon

    Monica Calderon

    16 godzin temu

    Is this in spanish any where i need my hispanic people to hear this!

  • Ahmed Mourad

    Ahmed Mourad

    16 godzin temu

    0:52 WHAT IS THIS?

  • Dernier Ergenekon

    Dernier Ergenekon

    16 godzin temu

    Those bird animations are cute af

  • PolarPeed


    16 godzin temu

    People say that coronavirus isnt that bad because Flu is worse at my school.
    Im pretty sure its worse because we dont have a vaccine?

  • Tommy


    17 godzin temu

    Why don't you change your name to "in a nutshell". Kutzgezard is sooo difficult with SEO

  • Bruno Berger

    Bruno Berger

    17 godzin temu

    While in Brazil, the president says that is only a "litle flu", and that everybody can back to work. We Brazilian people have a child in the government playing with us.

  • Nicolas Carbajal

    Nicolas Carbajal

    17 godzin temu


  • mick green

    mick green

    17 godzin temu

    Engelska också hur tänkte du där????

  • izequiel pedroso

    izequiel pedroso

    17 godzin temu

    Oi eu não rcsbproteinDatabank

  • Dennis Flores

    Dennis Flores

    17 godzin temu

    Guys I found a cure! Just breath in soap!

  • Mike CMW

    Mike CMW

    17 godzin temu

    Very well built bio-weapon

  • LuukPlayz


    17 godzin temu

    We have a vaccine

  • Wendy Hendrickson

    Wendy Hendrickson

    17 godzin temu

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This a perfect, brief explanation to share with my students as they start their learning online! Kurzgesagt pulls through again. :)

  • Republic of Turkey

    Republic of Turkey

    18 godzin temu

    I saw a comment on your Ebola video. It mentioned the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 in the African continent, and joked about how the Ebola virus was immediately rejecting it, as if it would challenge its position. That comment subsequently reminded me of this one episode from the Simpsons where Mr. Burns visits a clinic for an appointment and is diagnosed with every disease known to humanity. According to his diagnosing doctor, he is only alive due to all of said diseases remaining in this specific balance that prevents all of them from continuing their processes of invading the body, a condition apparently termed as Three Stooges Syndrome.

    My question is, is it realistically possible for anyone to have such a syndrome (excluding name-wise) or something similar to it?

  • CaribouOrange


    18 godzin temu

    Stay safe guys! Have you considered releasing a French version?

  • MD Hossain

    MD Hossain

    18 godzin temu

    Yoooooooooo that new intro though

  • Muhammad Ali Rao

    Muhammad Ali Rao

    18 godzin temu

    Guys I have a question: Can Covid-19 patients recatch this disease after recovery or they become immune to it?

    • Fiish Diish

      Fiish Diish

      12 godzin temu

      they can because only the symptoms from the virus are only being treated because vaccine has not been created yet. if the patient becomes sick again like high fever, or something worse, they'll have no chance of recovering depending on their current immune system

  • Tunahan akarsu

    Tunahan akarsu

    18 godzin temu

    is it so horrible? it doesn't need to be horrible like that, many cases didn't show all these story. we should be careful but not live like everything is fatal

  • Bad Lad Gaming

    Bad Lad Gaming

    18 godzin temu

    Basically, you only die if you are either, very young, old, or have AIDS or Hepatitis A,B,C. P.S 30 million people die each year from the flu, less than 125k have died from Covid-19. Its not a big deal.

    • ItsOasis


      16 godzin temu

      False. The flu had about 20 millions of cases and around 60 thousand deaths. Compare that to more than 200 thousand cases of COVID-19 and over 10,000 deaths. The death rate for COVID-19 is much higher. Every video they provide has their sources in description and I highly suggest you take a look at them. This entire pandemic is much more serious than you think.

  • Nuruddin Peters

    Nuruddin Peters

    18 godzin temu

    This vid needs more views... More like, 8 billion so folks can take this as seriously as it should be taken.

  • Math with Uy

    Math with Uy

    19 godzin temu

    Ur duck is so cute i dont care about the covid 19 I care about ur duck

  • Shaw zhang

    Shaw zhang

    19 godzin temu

    your drawing tool can't draw stars?

  • Quentin Darras

    Quentin Darras

    19 godzin temu

    Thanks a lot for the hard work, it really pays off! You people are awesome!

  • Yasin Kaya

    Yasin Kaya

    19 godzin temu

    Fuck this guy

  • ツsoy


    19 godzin temu

    Notice that in the intro, every video the Kurzgesagt team makes, the ape holds something related to the video. In this video, toilet paper. In the cancer video, a mouse. In the milk video, milk.
    just a tiny detail I noticed. we love u kurzgesagt for putting so much love into what you make :)

  • Davy Warren

    Davy Warren

    19 godzin temu

    Covid 19 is just the flu what really is killing us is 5G the goverment is putting more 5g into our air

  • pankaj salve

    pankaj salve

    19 godzin temu

    Really informative, appreciate your efforts

  • Harshaditya Yadav

    Harshaditya Yadav

    19 godzin temu

    ms rona is getting on my nerves now. Bitch needs to stop.

  • Brad Fred

    Brad Fred

    19 godzin temu

    You can literally search up any 3 letters and a disease will pop up

  • Ch 17

    Ch 17

    20 godzin temu

    Any anti vaxxers want to chime in now after you see what happens when there is a highly contagious and deadly disease that there is no vaccines for ? ?

  • - Knjn -

    - Knjn -

    20 godzin temu

    It looks like it's a fast one at least in the US

  • - Knjn -

    - Knjn -

    20 godzin temu

    2:14 the dude at the top left doesn't fk around. None of them do, but he of all