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. jason Marciano

        and drink alchoholl kids do it

      2. 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!

      3. The Tik-Tok Man

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

      4. ABetterWeapon


      5. 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!

    2. Servet Soylu

      In our country people think about deadly virus : "We will die anyway"

    3. Hang Truong

      Wow😮😝😖😷🤕🤧😱😡😠 you need to go home now! I have to go home too with my nanna ok ok my nanna is not sick but she is very and so nice see you have to go home NOW !!! 😡😠 ok bye : )

      1. Hang Truong


    4. Celeste Gebhardt

      "wash your hands like you touched jalapenos" ADHD in a nut shell

      1. Kids are so delicious...

        How old are you delicious kid?

    5. Dundi

      Virus will dissappear if we execute every infected person 🤔

    6. Shiftt

      5G video soon please

    7. The Cuddly Show

      Do a sequel to the egg please

    8. Kevein Dereck

      Fucking China virus


      Thank you for giving me a true understanding of what happens to someone. God Bless you!

    10. Yahya Shaikh

      Hey that monkey in the intro always holds something related to the topic of the video. ( Here it held toilet paper)

    11. exotic czech

      *coronavirus exists* 7 billion people: time to turn on my xbox

    12. Dumthe Yuen

      U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission more than 60 years ago. Many of those infected were encouraged to pass the infection onto others as part of the study. About one third of those who were infected never got adequate treatment. On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered extensive apologies for actions taken by the U.S. Public Health Service. "The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," according to the joint statement from Clinton and Sebelius. "Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices."

    13. Advika Ashwin

      Very safe but we should also sanitise our hands.

    14. shauly Perez

      :( my mom's friend has covid-19 and I feel do bad for her! I wish covid-19 was never real!!😭😭

      1. shauly Perez

        Do is supposed to be so

    15. Floris van Loo

      History will not remember a slow pandemic. Lockdown: history will remember the crisis, watch me

    16. Floris van Loo

      The part about how the virus works is great! However I think this video underestimates the costs of social distancing. It is suggested that if we all do this for a short while the virus will be gone. Probably strict measures would be needed for a long time if we want to prevent a peak. Can you include more of these risks and how flatten the curve works in the long run?

    17. приколист 1

      Dirty part

    18. Allzy gaming

      Please do one about lucid dreaming

    19. MultiLimpet

      All this because a chinese ate a bat.

    20. Chandra Budiman

      This has just become kurzgesagt's most viewed video

    21. Ashley Goh

      So to fight corona virus: *have a weak immune system*

    22. inox1ck

      *dont forget to wash your foreskin* -Mario

    23. BronzeJourney

      Virus and terribly sad things aside, its really fun to watch as an introvert that your ''normal'' relatives go mad after 5-10 days of quarantine in the house unable to do anything social etc.

    24. Ida

      Pani nam dała na dzienniku :(

    25. 고래

      학교에서 보래?

    26. My Butt

      Use the bacteriophage

    27. JG 46

      Congratulations on making it to prime time on MSNBC!! Awesome job.

    28. Stas Stanchus

      et's all take a moment to appreciate the hard work of Kurzgesagt, more then ever on this specific video. they usually don't do recent topics but because the whole world is currently influenced by this topic they decided to work day and night on an animation to inform us !

    29. Anti Privilege

      how do we know that the corona cure wont do bad thing to our bodies in the fututre (if a cure is made)

      1. Photoflowey

        People dont care about anything soo

    30. Julian Flores

      Corona the drink orrr the virus 😅😆😂

    31. Trish Tong

      Oml, did they get demonetized for having corona virus in the title???

    32. Quitin

      Immune system vs Coronavirus vs Bacteria

    33. Ooojiiii

      This channel is honestly a bright blip in the sea of dumbness we float in

    34. swack24

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="4">0:04</a> LIES!!!! YOU LYING IN A BED OF LIES!!!

    35. Ring Ding Dong


    36. Ring Ding Dong


    37. FURY

      Fucking china. They ruin my life.

    38. Zac

      This needs to be broadcasted all around the world on all languages so people can understand better what we're dealing with.

    39. 2Much Karma

      there should be a video on what happens inside the body with acute radiation poisoning. just a suggestion haha

    40. June Holmes

      Thank you for this public service! It’s a little lengthy but very informative and really quite fun, cartoonish explanations make it easy to follow and understand. I think this should be shown everywhere and especially the children who really do not understand how this virus works and how deadly it really is. Well it is quite deadly it is recoverable and is not necessarily a death sentence. So once again, thank you so much for your efforts this was very well done!

    41. Rosbel Morales

      I really hope more people appriciate the dedication Kurzgesagt has towards informing everyone about a very important topic. Thank you👍

    42. Forza Ninetails

      Did anybody else notice MSNBC using this animation as footage tonight?

    43. Oscar Alexis Martinez

      You got featured on MSNBC

    44. Skid Skid

      You know what’s the best medicine? Vaporub and Caldo. If your American it’s Vick’s and chicken noodle soup. Hell mix it in a bowl and inject yourself with it.

    45. Astranetic

      Best action moive ever made - home and the corona, the cleaning

    46. 심규홍

      You guys really need to wear mask to not infect your-self and others

    47. MoTorJack TV

      Very informative.. i like it.

    48. Juul Cat

      Can phages kill the virus?

    49. 이현주

      Thank you so much for sharing information about COVID-19. Danke !!!! I definitely remember watch this video with Korean subtitles a few days ago. But I can’t find it anymore, I just wondering where Korean subtitles are gone????

    50. Cody Clouatre

      No one is gonna mention the bird licking the window huh?

    51. Ilia D

      Google “symptoms of radiation exposure”. The correlation between the two are eye-opening. There is a virus and it’s being spread through radio waves - not your mouth.

      1. Dundi

        That's what happens when you skip biology classes


      now Kurzgesagt ur nutshell is corona!?

    53. ItsBluisk


    54. Cassie

      "A slow pandemic will not be remembered by the history books". Yeah... that's not happening.

      1. MANUEL X

        Yeah we're fucking dead...

      2. Cassie

        Make videos saying 5G is not the cause of covid 19 because people swear 5G is what killing people

    55. Aaron Waggoner

      Guys, it has turned into a fast pandemic. Where I am, it took us a month to go from 0 to 1000 deaths. After that, it took us 48 hour to go from 1000 to 2000. Everyone stock up on supplies before you get ordered to stay at home. If you need face masks that won't stop COVID-19, but will stop you from touching your face, there is a program on facebook where someone is sewing masks. It is also free so do it if you can. Also, no I wasn't paid to say this.

    56. Jhn Rb Dmtr

      People who is infected should eat soap 🧼😂

    57. After Asteroid Survivor

      So a bioengineered virus that turns human cells into Zombies?🤔 - Deacon St.John

    58. I Play Games

      I wonder if the flu got so much mutations tho

    59. Roberto

      I just saw this video featured on MSNBC!

    60. Broseph1307 Broseph07

      Part of this video was showed on MSNBC news for showing the science behind Covid-19!

    61. Terrance Scotton

      congrats on appearing on msnbc. big moment for this channel.

    62. Brian Wright

      @Kurzgesagt Umm 🧐. MSNBC is using your all’s video to explain C19.

    63. Brody Wilson

      MSNBC just stole your video with no credit

    64. Kaedon Chapman-Scola

      Congrats! You got on CNN!

    65. Makoto Ren

      Congrats on being featured on MSNBC! Keep spreading the good info.

    66. Maria Rosen

      Thank you for this amazing explanation! It was extremely educational and quite scary!

    67. Anything_goes Anything_happens

      What about phases?

    68. Cole Takash

      Hey when is the next world war ant video coming out?

    69. yaubcab

      Wow, this is now this channel's most viewed video.

    70. Jana Walker

      baby love it . thanks

    71. Jana Walker

      Direct 👍

    72. Wes Thaw

      Make videos saying 5G is not the cause of covid 19 because people swear 5G is what killing people

    73. Rafael Rocha

      My cells what is your profession? !!!!!! Ahuuuuu! Ahuuuuuu! Ahuuuuuuu! Corona you see? I have more soldiers than you.

    74. Chaz Den

      is it me or does the humans in this video look like pigeons

    75. Vianna Chan

      This explains a lot thx very much!!! :) BTW I subscribed!

    76. screamo14

      i don't understand how anyone could dislike this video

    77. Tom Van veen


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        I checked out your channel on making money online. Sounds like a perfect solution if you're unemployed and have to stay at home because of Coronavirus

    79. Cashis McVeigh

      corana is such a crazy outbreak its even worse then Ebola

    80. Carolina Ortiz Cruz

      First time I see a video abou Covid - 19 and not feel anxious , thank you so much for the knowledge 💖💞