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 NutshellPřed 19 dny

    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. jason Marciano

    jason MarcianoPřed 14 hodinami

    and drink alchoholl kids do it

  3. Aaron Day

    Aaron DayPřed 7 dny

    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!

  4. The Tik-Tok Man

    The Tik-Tok ManPřed 13 dny

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

  5. ABetterWeapon

    ABetterWeaponPřed 17 dny


  6. Rodrigo Py

    Rodrigo PyPřed 18 dny

    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!

  7. Servet Soylu

    Servet SoyluPřed 5 hodinami

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

  8. Hang Truong

    Hang TruongPřed 5 hodinami

    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 : )

  9. Hang Truong

    Hang TruongPřed 5 hodinami


  10. Celeste Gebhardt

    Celeste GebhardtPřed 5 hodinami

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

  11. Kids are so delicious...

    Kids are so delicious...Před 5 hodinami

    How old are you delicious kid?

  12. Dundi

    DundiPřed 5 hodinami

    Virus will dissappear if we execute every infected person 🤔

  13. Shiftt

    ShifttPřed 5 hodinami

    5G video soon please

  14. The Cuddly Show

    The Cuddly ShowPřed 7 hodinami

    Do a sequel to the egg please

  15. Kevein Dereck

    Kevein DereckPřed 7 hodinami

    Fucking China virus


    DENISE STAFOSPřed 8 hodinami

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

  17. Yahya Shaikh

    Yahya ShaikhPřed 8 hodinami

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

  18. exotic czech

    exotic czechPřed 8 hodinami

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

  19. Dumthe Yuen

    Dumthe YuenPřed 8 hodinami

    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."

  20. Advika Ashwin

    Advika AshwinPřed 8 hodinami

    Very safe but we should also sanitise our hands.

  21. shauly Perez

    shauly PerezPřed 8 hodinami

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

  22. shauly Perez

    shauly PerezPřed 8 hodinami

    Do is supposed to be so

  23. Floris van Loo

    Floris van LooPřed 9 hodinami

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

  24. Floris van Loo

    Floris van LooPřed 9 hodinami

    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?

  25. приколист 1

    приколист 1Před 9 hodinami

    Dirty part

  26. Allzy gaming

    Allzy gamingPřed 9 hodinami

    Please do one about lucid dreaming

  27. MultiLimpet

    MultiLimpetPřed 10 hodinami

    All this because a chinese ate a bat.

  28. Chandra Budiman

    Chandra BudimanPřed 10 hodinami

    This has just become kurzgesagt's most viewed video

  29. Ashley Goh

    Ashley GohPřed 10 hodinami

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

  30. inox1ck

    inox1ckPřed 10 hodinami

    *dont forget to wash your foreskin* -Mario

  31. BronzeJourney

    BronzeJourneyPřed 10 hodinami

    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.

  32. Ida

    IdaPřed 11 hodinami

    Pani nam dała na dzienniku :(

  33. 고래

    고래Před 11 hodinami

    학교에서 보래?

  34. My Butt

    My ButtPřed 11 hodinami

    Use the bacteriophage

  35. JG 46

    JG 46Před 11 hodinami

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

  36. Stas Stanchus

    Stas StanchusPřed 11 hodinami

    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 !

  37. Anti Privilege

    Anti PrivilegePřed 11 hodinami

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

  38. Photoflowey

    PhotofloweyPřed 11 hodinami

    People dont care about anything soo

  39. Julian Flores

    Julian FloresPřed 11 hodinami

    Corona the drink orrr the virus 😅😆😂

  40. Trish Tong

    Trish TongPřed 11 hodinami

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

  41. Quitin

    QuitinPřed 11 hodinami

    Immune system vs Coronavirus vs Bacteria

  42. Ooojiiii

    OoojiiiiPřed 11 hodinami

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

  43. swack24

    swack24Před 12 hodinami

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

  44. Ring Ding Dong

    Ring Ding DongPřed 12 hodinami


  45. Ring Ding Dong

    Ring Ding DongPřed 12 hodinami


  46. FURY

    FURYPřed 12 hodinami

    Fucking china. They ruin my life.

  47. Zac

    ZacPřed 12 hodinami

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

  48. 2Much Karma

    2Much KarmaPřed 12 hodinami

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

  49. June Holmes

    June HolmesPřed 12 hodinami

    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!

  50. Rosbel Morales

    Rosbel MoralesPřed 13 hodinami

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

  51. Forza Ninetails

    Forza NinetailsPřed 13 hodinami

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

  52. Oscar Alexis Martinez

    Oscar Alexis MartinezPřed 13 hodinami

    You got featured on MSNBC

  53. Skid Skid

    Skid SkidPřed 14 hodinami

    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.

  54. Astranetic

    AstraneticPřed 14 hodinami

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

  55. 심규홍

    심규홍Před 14 hodinami

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

  56. MoTorJack TV

    MoTorJack TVPřed 14 hodinami

    Very informative.. i like it.

  57. Juul Cat

    Juul CatPřed 15 hodinami

    Can phages kill the virus?

  58. 이현주

    이현주Před 15 hodinami

    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????

  59. Cody Clouatre

    Cody ClouatrePřed 15 hodinami

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

  60. Ilia D

    Ilia DPřed 16 hodinami

    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.

  61. Dundi

    DundiPřed 5 hodinami

    That's what happens when you skip biology classes


    NEL ROSE SAN DIEGOPřed 16 hodinami

    now Kurzgesagt ur nutshell is corona!?

  63. ItsBluisk

    ItsBluiskPřed 16 hodinami


  64. Cassie

    CassiePřed 16 hodinami

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

  65. MANUEL X

    MANUEL XPřed 15 hodinami

    Yeah we're fucking dead...

  66. Cassie

    CassiePřed 16 hodinami

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

  67. Aaron Waggoner

    Aaron WaggonerPřed 16 hodinami

    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.

  68. Jhn Rb Dmtr

    Jhn Rb DmtrPřed 16 hodinami

    People who is infected should eat soap 🧼😂

  69. After Asteroid Survivor

    After Asteroid SurvivorPřed 16 hodinami

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

  70. I Play Games

    I Play GamesPřed 16 hodinami

    I wonder if the flu got so much mutations tho

  71. Roberto

    RobertoPřed 16 hodinami

    I just saw this video featured on MSNBC!

  72. Broseph1307 Broseph07

    Broseph1307 Broseph07Před 17 hodinami

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

  73. Terrance Scotton

    Terrance ScottonPřed 17 hodinami

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

  74. Brian Wright

    Brian WrightPřed 17 hodinami

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

  75. Brody Wilson

    Brody WilsonPřed 17 hodinami

    MSNBC just stole your video with no credit

  76. Kaedon Chapman-Scola

    Kaedon Chapman-ScolaPřed 17 hodinami

    Congrats! You got on CNN!

  77. Makoto Ren

    Makoto RenPřed 17 hodinami

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

  78. Maria Rosen

    Maria RosenPřed 17 hodinami

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

  79. Anything_goes Anything_happens

    Anything_goes Anything_happensPřed 17 hodinami

    What about phases?

  80. Cole Takash

    Cole TakashPřed 17 hodinami

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

  81. yaubcab

    yaubcabPřed 18 hodinami

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

  82. Jana Walker

    Jana WalkerPřed 19 hodinami

    baby love it . thanks

  83. Jana Walker

    Jana WalkerPřed 19 hodinami

    Direct 👍

  84. Wes Thaw

    Wes ThawPřed 19 hodinami

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

  85. Rafael Rocha

    Rafael RochaPřed 19 hodinami

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

  86. Chaz Den

    Chaz DenPřed 19 hodinami

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

  87. Vianna Chan

    Vianna ChanPřed 19 hodinami

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

  88. screamo14

    screamo14Před 19 hodinami

    i don't understand how anyone could dislike this video

  89. Tom Van veen

    Tom Van veenPřed 19 hodinami


  90. Affiliate Marketing Forum

    Affiliate Marketing ForumPřed 20 hodinami

    I have some great work at home advice if you're out of work and stuck at home under quarantine because of Covid-19

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    Daronté KudusPřed 19 hodinami

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  92. Health Tips

    Health TipsPřed 19 hodinami

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    Janet StradfordPřed 19 hodinami

    I checked out your work at home vid and I'm ready to get with your program on making money online. Sounds like a winner

  94. bilnext

    bilnextPřed 20 hodinami

    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

  95. Cashis McVeigh

    Cashis McVeighPřed 20 hodinami

    corana is such a crazy outbreak its even worse then Ebola

  96. Carolina Ortiz Cruz

    Carolina Ortiz CruzPřed 20 hodinami

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