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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  • 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 Nutshellпреди 10 дни
    • brilliant work as usual. Love the animations & clear, concise explanations. Well done team!

      The Tik-Tok ManThe Tik-Tok Manпреди 5 дни
    • boost.

      ABetterWeaponABetterWeaponпреди 9 дни
    • 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 Pyпреди 10 дни
    • Great job.! Probably the best Covid-19 video out there...

      Ching Wei XionChing Wei Xionпреди 10 дни
    • Nicely done

      Legendary 44Legendary 44преди 10 дни
  • 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...

    The JOURNEYThe JOURNEYпреди 10 часа
  • CHINA coronavirus.

    Honk the honkHonk the honkпреди 10 часа
  • in my country they put your video on television translated into Spanish and everything

    Guillerm9 RafaelGuillerm9 Rafaelпреди 10 часа
  • The Black guy infected by viruses: "I can't breathe"

    Swen CordobaSwen Cordobaпреди 10 часа
  • 💖💖💖💖

    Jérémie LJérémie Lпреди 10 часа
  • Thank you for the part that explains about the fast outbreak. Because the mortality rate is

    John WheatJohn Wheatпреди 10 часа
  • It is very educated ....👍

    Bayu WijayaBayu Wijayaпреди 10 часа
  • Everyone: WASH DEM HANDS Me: *gets coughed at in the face* le not true story

    Qrixor RBLXQrixor RBLXпреди 11 часа
  • Excellent information..

    abdul mujeebabdul mujeebпреди 11 часа
  • Medical surgical masks are key

    will WILLwill WILLпреди 11 часа
  • Forgot to add it don't give diarrhea so stop buying all that toilet paper bunch of (censored)

    jerome paradisjerome paradisпреди 11 часа
  • Well shit!

    Average Titan16Average Titan16преди 11 часа
  • Stay Healthy!

    X MX Mпреди 11 часа
  • We come for the info but we stay cause of the animations

    XxProEditingMagexXXxProEditingMagexXпреди 11 часа

    Hmei7Hmei7преди 11 часа
  • I'm a germaphobe living through this. Y a y.....

    Muriel CunninghamMuriel Cunninghamпреди 11 часа
  • Question: How is convalescent plasma used as a drug for COVID-19? Can it be used as a vaccine as well?

    Nitin GuptaNitin Guptaпреди 11 часа
  • Lol I been sharing this like crazy

    H K-YH K-Yпреди 12 часа
  • 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

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

    DORISAMA도리사마DORISAMA도리사마преди 12 часа
  • nani!

    Arrow Master Yenson choy12Arrow Master Yenson choy12преди 12 часа
  • In India I think slow one

    Balwinder Singh vickyBalwinder Singh vickyпреди 12 часа
  • _[screaming _*_“Coronavirus!”_*_ in Cardi B-ese]_

    Vincent IrkallaVincent Irkallaпреди 12 часа
  • The world is upside down share this with everybody you know!

    Geography GabeGeography Gabeпреди 12 часа
  • All this because some A-hole had to eat a bat.

    Zzy99flyrZzy99flyrпреди 12 часа
  • Kurzgesagt. You are always as awesome! This should be spread all over social media accounts.

    Kristoferssen CruzKristoferssen Cruzпреди 13 часа
  • 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!

    Filip JankovićFilip Jankovićпреди 13 часа
  • 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 ?

    Satriyo Abdi NugrohoSatriyo Abdi Nugrohoпреди 13 часа
  • People be like: *I NEED TOILET PAPER*

    Oryx, The Taken KingOryx, The Taken Kingпреди 13 часа
  • Thanks for putting this together for the lay person to understand. Very much appreciated.

    A PearsonA Pearsonпреди 13 часа
  • Brilliant, easily digestible explanation! Please share and spread through social media and the actual media. Good luck everyone!

    iquagmireiquagmireпреди 13 часа
  • 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?

    wencesfeik Mullowencesfeik Mulloпреди 14 часа
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="311">5:11</a>: “Dammit, Jerry!”

    MoonTrooper258 aaMoonTrooper258 aaпреди 14 часа
  • Cell: mNo don't kill me Zombie T-Cell: SSSSSooOo YoooUUve COOOSusun TOOoo Die Cell: NO PLEASE NO T-Cell: Brains.

    Sentinal94KSentinal94Kпреди 14 часа
  • Like si viste este video en la tv ecuatoriana xd.

    WazzamondialWazzamondialпреди 14 часа
  • 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.

    MMпреди 14 часа
  • 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.

    NaydaNaydaпреди 14 часа
  • 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!

    Eric CiaramellaEric Ciaramellaпреди 14 часа
  • thanks mate

    Megan DavidsonMegan Davidsonпреди 14 часа
  • 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.

    Atakan ArisoyAtakan Arisoyпреди 14 часа
  • dont mind me, just here cause my teacher made an assignment on this

    slatt boi rogerslatt boi rogerпреди 14 часа
  • 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!

    Saha KordSaha Kordпреди 14 часа
  • I bet you will make a video about the galaxy next

    Marisela ClarkMarisela Clarkпреди 14 часа
  • .

    Ångēlīc BūnńÿÅngēlīc Būnńÿпреди 15 часа
  • i think the toilet paper in the intro will soon sell for millions

    Ronan OharaRonan Oharaпреди 15 часа
  • Simply, Coronavirus destroys your lungs .

    ITZ_ YasserITZ_ Yasserпреди 15 часа
  • 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.

    Hans DampfHans Dampfпреди 15 часа
  • Ok who started to plague inc in hell and start this virus on earth


    jude Majude Maпреди 15 часа
  • 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。👍

    DT RTDT RTпреди 15 часа
  • 2020 has felt like decades WW3 almost happened Australia Wild Fire and then Covid-19 joined the chat and we are still in March.

    Barry MichaelBarry Michaelпреди 16 часа
  • Only reason im here cuz of school 😪😪😪

    Nate JohnsonNate Johnsonпреди 16 часа
  • 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.??!!!

    Jozef HrabcakJozef Hrabcakпреди 16 часа
  • BS Fox News declared this to be a Hoax!! The only news to believe

    Wayne CarranzaWayne Carranzaпреди 16 часа
    • Everything I've seen on Fox News says it's real

      AveeoAveeoпреди 12 часа
  • 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.

    Valdineia Barbosa SelimValdineia Barbosa Selimпреди 16 часа
  • Do people just not know how to cover their mouth?

    Cheetah GirlCheetah Girlпреди 16 часа
  • <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.

    Nosh DesprezNosh Desprezпреди 16 часа
  • Why this became the most viewed video in just 1 week

    AloXloAloXloпреди 17 часа
  • 8cdaily.wordpress. com

    naz moenaz moeпреди 17 часа
  • 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..

    HermioneHermioneпреди 17 часа
    • tired inside bored areiif you if*even

      HermioneHermioneпреди 17 часа
  • What if we eat soap?

    SarawatHubbySarawatHubbyпреди 17 часа
    • Heheheh

      SarawatHubbySarawatHubbyпреди 16 часа
    • SarawatHubby The virus attacks your lungs. What you eat ends up in your stomach.

      RaempftlRaempftlпреди 16 часа
  • Can you make a video about what if you put a nuke in the deepest hole

    Sonia DavisSonia Davisпреди 17 часа
    • Sonia Davis it'll blow the whole shit up.

      John B aka Smooth ChocolateJohn B aka Smooth Chocolateпреди 17 часа
  • I think God just plays Plague inc .

    Anonym 123Anonym 123преди 17 часа
  • 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..

    saadmrbsaadmrbпреди 17 часа
  • That is world class production, visuals, and dictation.

    Carl WilemanCarl Wilemanпреди 17 часа
  • Such a thorough video!!! Appreciate your hard work!!! :) :) ❤

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

    TonyTonyпреди 18 часа
  • 👍🏽👍🏽

    Wilmer DouppuatteWilmer Douppuatteпреди 18 часа
  • People should really stop going outside till this thing blows over!

    pixelbit 0pixelbit 0преди 18 часа
  • "... those bats are rats... with wings...!" You might ask for help from Dr. Alexandre Yersin... for real! Good luck EUDS

    Z ESDSZ ESDSпреди 18 часа
  • You know thats horse crap right?? China didnt say anything about it until late janurary you sir are FAKE NEWS

    sarah laricksarah larickпреди 18 часа
    • sarah larick So you are one of those people who doesn’t click on theirs sources link in the description...

      RaempftlRaempftlпреди 16 часа
  • Ojėtau!!!patys nieko nesuvokia dar video tokius siunčia.

    Laura JankauskaitėLaura Jankauskaitėпреди 18 часа
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="390">6:30</a> i guess soap is the vaccine

    Kevin AntoineKevin Antoineпреди 18 часа
  • This needs to be translated in different languages to spread awareness. Can someone please start that ?

    C KC Kпреди 18 часа
  • Cells should practice social distancing. 😆

    Yotzimara OsorioYotzimara Osorioпреди 18 часа
  • It is really bad in our country, our country decides who is going to die or not

    helth stonkshelth stonksпреди 18 часа
  • 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...

    DaniDaniпреди 19 часа
    • 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.

      DaniDaniпреди 18 часа
  • Thank god we have a true leader in the white house. Can you imagine if Benghazi Clinton was in the white house.

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