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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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    11 dögum síðan

    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. The Tik-Tok Man
      The Tik-Tok Man
      5 dögum síðan

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

    2. ABetterWeapon
      9 dögum síðan


    3. Rodrigo Py
      Rodrigo Py
      10 dögum síðan

      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!

    4. Ching Wei Xion
      Ching Wei Xion
      10 dögum síðan

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

    5. Legendary 44
      Legendary 44
      10 dögum síðan

      Nicely done

  2. The JOURNEY
    11 klukkustundum síðan

    I have watched a Video thats all about a Russian Scientist who injected himself a bacteria that's almost 3.5 million years old,as far He said that a bacteria can lived longer to a Colder Area ...,A Corona Virus too Can live longer to a Colder Area because the more it's cold,the more it's tightening it's genetic Material until it can reach to it's Destination Area to Duplicate it's self....,So it's better to expose to a Hotter area so that a Virus will explode it's Genetic material before it will arrive to it's Destination...,So far so must avoid drinking Cold water because it will tighten it's Genetic Material...

  3. Honk the honk
    Honk the honk
    11 klukkustundum síðan

    CHINA coronavirus.

  4. Guillerm9 Rafael
    Guillerm9 Rafael
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    in my country they put your video on television translated into Spanish and everything

  5. Swen Cordoba
    Swen Cordoba
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    The Black guy infected by viruses: "I can't breathe"

  6. Jérémie L
    Jérémie L
    12 klukkustundum síðan


  7. John Wheat
    John Wheat
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Thank you for the part that explains about the fast outbreak. Because the mortality rate is

  8. Bayu Wijaya
    Bayu Wijaya
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    It is very educated ....👍

  9. Qrixor RBLX
    Qrixor RBLX
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Everyone: WASH DEM HANDS Me: *gets coughed at in the face* le not true story

  10. abdul mujeeb
    abdul mujeeb
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Excellent information..

  11. will WILL
    will WILL
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Medical surgical masks are key

  12. jerome paradis
    jerome paradis
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Forgot to add it don't give diarrhea so stop buying all that toilet paper bunch of (censored)

  13. Average Titan16
    Average Titan16
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Well shit!

  14. X M
    X M
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Stay Healthy!

  15. XxProEditingMagexX
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    We come for the info but we stay cause of the animations

  16. Hmei7
    13 klukkustundum síðan


  17. Muriel Cunningham
    Muriel Cunningham
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    I'm a germaphobe living through this. Y a y.....

  18. Nitin Gupta
    Nitin Gupta
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Question: How is convalescent plasma used as a drug for COVID-19? Can it be used as a vaccine as well?

  19. H K-Y
    H K-Y
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Lol I been sharing this like crazy

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Hello Sir That was a marvelous job and a helping one too , I am from andhrapradesh a state in India and we the people @Andhrapradesh really needs an informative precautionary video like this if it is O.K. for you i really need to translate it into the regional language please respond

  21. DORISAMA도리사마
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    You guys just learn korean. They have all of informations in their blog and youtube channel.

  22. Arrow Master Yenson choy12
    Arrow Master Yenson choy12
    13 klukkustundum síðan


  23. Balwinder Singh vicky
    Balwinder Singh vicky
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    In India I think slow one

  24. Vincent Irkalla
    Vincent Irkalla
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    _[screaming _*_“Coronavirus!”_*_ in Cardi B-ese]_

  25. Geography Gabe
    Geography Gabe
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    The world is upside down share this with everybody you know!

  26. Zzy99flyr
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    All this because some A-hole had to eat a bat.

  27. Kristoferssen Cruz
    Kristoferssen Cruz
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    Kurzgesagt. You are always as awesome! This should be spread all over social media accounts.

  28. Filip Janković
    Filip Janković
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    WOW! Great video! It would be so useful if we post it everywhere, if we translate it in many languages. You are doing a great thing for all! Maybe it is easier if we record voice and send you the audio file. For example, I can record this in my language, I have good recording equipement. Someone from Germany can record too etc... You can just put that audio file, to mix it in this video and put it online. hm... I think it is important for all people to understand why to stay at home, not tomorrow, not for a few day, we have to stay at home right now!

  29. Satriyo Abdi Nugroho
    Satriyo Abdi Nugroho
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    WOW this is a good video about Covid19 , may i downloaded and share it ? actually i already downloaded , but sad because i didnt get any translate Text on it ?

  30. Oryx, The Taken King
    Oryx, The Taken King
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    People be like: *I NEED TOILET PAPER*

  31. A Pearson
    A Pearson
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Thanks for putting this together for the lay person to understand. Very much appreciated.

  32. iquagmire
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Brilliant, easily digestible explanation! Please share and spread through social media and the actual media. Good luck everyone!

  33. wencesfeik Mullo
    wencesfeik Mullo
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Hi, I speak Spanish and I don't really know English, that's why I'm using the translator. In my country (Ecuador) there is a news program on a channel called TC, where they give news, Interviews, etc. So this newscast had shown a video of you without any credit to your work (the coronavirus video); Do you think that this was good since it does not matter in this situation or that it was bad on the news side, since they were able to recognize your work and inform our country at the same time?

  34. MoonTrooper258 aa
    MoonTrooper258 aa
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="311">5:11</a>: “Dammit, Jerry!”

  35. Sentinal94K
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Cell: mNo don't kill me Zombie T-Cell: SSSSSooOo YoooUUve COOOSusun TOOoo Die Cell: NO PLEASE NO T-Cell: Brains.

  36. Wazzamondial
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Like si viste este video en la tv ecuatoriana xd.

  37. M
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    I love in Ecuador and they just passed your video on the news trabsñated to Spanish! Thanks. You're saving lives here for those who didn't know the virus well.

  38. Nayda
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    My 65 yo mom kept on watching coronavirus fake news vids and predictions here on yt, showed here this and now she's a fan. She's planning to spread it to her friends. Thank you.

  39. Eric Ciaramella
    Eric Ciaramella
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    I mean, it could be worse. My dream vacation is sitting at home drinking beer and watching movies. My glass is half full, of beer!

  40. Megan Davidson
    Megan Davidson
    16 klukkustundum síðan

    thanks mate

  41. Atakan Arisoy
    Atakan Arisoy
    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Hi Dear Mr or Mrs; I'm Atakan and i'm a voice actor working with Netflix, broadcast TVs, TV Shows and commercials in Turkey. I want to localize your Corona Virus video. Good, informative, understanding and good animations you have it. I'm really impressed by this and your other videos. I mailled and messaged you instagram before but no one answered me. Please, I want it to spread this video asap many people for they understand how big is this. In my country -still i can- i want to localize this video for free. (really free) I sent this e-mail in my corporate mail for you kindly understand how serious i am. I'm ready to sign any NDA for eliminate if you have some doubts. Please answer me, Thank you. Atakan.

  42. slatt boi roger
    slatt boi roger
    16 klukkustundum síðan

    dont mind me, just here cause my teacher made an assignment on this

  43. Saha Kord
    Saha Kord
    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Kind people! Please help someone who is not difficult and who has something to help in such a crisis, I live in a country where the state cannot help (I stayed with my family without work and without means of subsistence (if there are those who can help! Help whoever can, who can not sorry for you, this will be a trifle, and I and my family will live to the end of quarantine! even 1dolar this will be a huge help for me! 1374130000485802 is an account for help! thanks in advance to those who helped and did not stand aside!

  44. Marisela Clark
    Marisela Clark
    16 klukkustundum síðan

    I bet you will make a video about the galaxy next

  45. Ångēlīc Būnńÿ
    Ångēlīc Būnńÿ
    16 klukkustundum síðan


  46. Ronan Ohara
    Ronan Ohara
    16 klukkustundum síðan

    i think the toilet paper in the intro will soon sell for millions

  47. ITZ_ Yasser
    ITZ_ Yasser
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    Simply, Coronavirus destroys your lungs .

  48. Hans Dampf
    Hans Dampf
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    and who are the guilty people? those who eat meat ;) like in every virus panic situation in history. but there die thousands of people in every country every year because of influenza and nobody cares.

    17 klukkustundum síðan

    Ok who started to plague inc in hell and start this virus on earth

  50. jude Ma
    jude Ma
    17 klukkustundum síðan


  51. DT RT
    DT RT
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    日本語字幕で視聴しました。 とてもわかりやすいアニメーションです。 どうもありがとうございます。👍

  52. Barry Michael
    Barry Michael
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    2020 has felt like decades WW3 almost happened Australia Wild Fire and then Covid-19 joined the chat and we are still in March.

  53. Nate Johnson
    Nate Johnson
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    Only reason im here cuz of school 😪😪😪

  54. Jozef Hrabcak
    Jozef Hrabcak
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    It's 3 world war! People dead for nothing it's no fear, who done this virus? What they want destroyed poor people? Old people and sick people.??!!!

  55. Wayne Carranza
    Wayne Carranza
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    BS Fox News declared this to be a Hoax!! The only news to believe

    1. Aveeo
      14 klukkustundum síðan

      Everything I've seen on Fox News says it's real

  56. Valdineia Barbosa Selim
    Valdineia Barbosa Selim
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Please, I would like to post this vídeo (covid19) in my Facebook Brazil... Let free the translate in my post. I dont know who did, bit os very important to comunication and helping us. I would like to do this wich yours créditos, please.

  57. Cheetah Girl
    Cheetah Girl
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Do people just not know how to cover their mouth?

  58. Nosh Desprez
    Nosh Desprez
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="392">6:32</a> if that the case, we might as well inhale a large amount of soap or something....good thing im stocked up on dove and not Downty Ultrasoft.

  59. AloXlo
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Why this became the most viewed video in just 1 week

  60. naz moe
    naz moe
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    8cdaily.wordpress. com

  61. Hermione
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    I hate coronavirus !! WE have to say at Home and be far away from our family.. but WE need to stay Home ...or ells coronavirus will never end!! I am at Home since friday.. (when schools closed..) .. And guys you need to stay home ... at least do it forever your family! Of you go outside ,you are putting in danger your own self , your family and other people you met in the street !!So stay inside!! Do you want the summer to be inside because of coronavirus and can't go on the beach?!No ,you dont want that!!WE lost easter .. dont do that mistake , (going outside)and loose and the summer!! *And be carefull ! Dont get tired, (its easier to "get" coronavirus when you are tired!) , Have your bath at least these times a weekend!..and wash your hands all the times!!(especially when you touch money..).. ❌➡😷😖😷 ✔➡(Healthy)😎😃😃😊.. ...even of you are tired inside..

    1. Hermione
      18 klukkustundum síðan

      tired inside bored areiif you if*even

  62. SarawatHubby
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    What if we eat soap?

    1. SarawatHubby
      17 klukkustundum síðan


    2. Raempftl
      17 klukkustundum síðan

      SarawatHubby The virus attacks your lungs. What you eat ends up in your stomach.

  63. Sonia Davis
    Sonia Davis
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    Can you make a video about what if you put a nuke in the deepest hole

    1. John B aka Smooth Chocolate
      John B aka Smooth Chocolate
      18 klukkustundum síðan

      Sonia Davis it'll blow the whole shit up.

  64. Anonym 123
    Anonym 123
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    I think God just plays Plague inc .

  65. saadmrb
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    When they worked very hard (1300 hours for one vid of 10 minutes) they had 3-7 millions views in months, now 1 week covid-19 20m views..

  66. Carl Wileman
    Carl Wileman
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    That is world class production, visuals, and dictation.

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    Such a thorough video!!! Appreciate your hard work!!! :) :) ❤

  68. Tony
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    and to think theres people who think bill gates invented the coronavirus to earn money

  69. Wilmer Douppuatte
    Wilmer Douppuatte
    19 klukkustundum síðan


  70. pixelbit 0
    pixelbit 0
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    People should really stop going outside till this thing blows over!

  71. Z ESDS
    Z ESDS
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    "... those bats are rats... with wings...!" You might ask for help from Dr. Alexandre Yersin... for real! Good luck EUDS

  72. sarah larick
    sarah larick
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    You know thats horse crap right?? China didnt say anything about it until late janurary you sir are FAKE NEWS

    1. Raempftl
      17 klukkustundum síðan

      sarah larick So you are one of those people who doesn’t click on theirs sources link in the description...

  73. Laura Jankauskaitė
    Laura Jankauskaitė
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    Ojėtau!!!patys nieko nesuvokia dar video tokius siunčia.

  74. Kevin Antoine
    Kevin Antoine
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="390">6:30</a> i guess soap is the vaccine

  75. C K
    C K
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    This needs to be translated in different languages to spread awareness. Can someone please start that ?

  76. Yotzimara Osorio
    Yotzimara Osorio
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    Cells should practice social distancing. 😆

  77. helth stonks
    helth stonks
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    It is really bad in our country, our country decides who is going to die or not

  78. Dani
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    you know what also would be interesting to know, the fact that the CCP knew about the virus and the ongoing issues a long time before they announced it to the rest of the world but suppressed any information about it trying to keep it under wraps...

    1. Dani
      20 klukkustundum síðan

      is there no side-effects to the option of shutting down society and the global economy for a prolonged time like this? say, for ex financial meltdown, massive inflation of monetary supplies, companies going out of business, millions of people losing their jobs, people committing suicide as a consequence, authoritarian governments taking advantage of the situation etc ... it sounds here like "flattening the curve" is a no brainer.

    20 klukkustundum síðan

    Thank god we have a true leader in the white house. Can you imagine if Benghazi Clinton was in the white house.

  80. Leman Altura
    Leman Altura
    20 klukkustundum síðan