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

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    14 napja

    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!

    • Aaron Day

      Aaron Day

      2 napja

      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!

    • The Tik-Tok Man

      The Tik-Tok Man

      8 napja

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

    • ABetterWeapon


      12 napja


    • Rodrigo Py

      Rodrigo Py

      13 napja

      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

      13 napja

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

  • Jarvis


    7 órája

    *Коммент под постом Топлеса-ты лучший, брат!*

    • Jarvis


      7 órája

      Дмитрий Паржицкий респект и уважение

  • Mim Maharjan

    Mim Maharjan

    7 órája

    thankyou for all knowledge in corona viruses.

  • Rigelstar Centauri

    Rigelstar Centauri

    7 órája

    Let me get this theory. If 2020 ends, we all know it’s a really disappointing year as a head start of 20-20.

    Are you telling me that in 2030 as like 10 years later, will a new virus situation come out? That’s my theory. As head start for 20-“30”

  • Russian Red

    Russian Red

    7 órája

    Quarantine is a introverts dream😍😍 now when my friends as me to hang out I don’t have to make up excuses lol

  • Alnor Florist

    Alnor Florist

    7 órája


  • Dhava Gautama

    Dhava Gautama

    8 órája

    7:22 The java island is gone.

  • samuel m

    samuel m

    8 órája


  • Matthew Harris

    Matthew Harris

    8 órája

    Happy New year they said
    All the best they said



    8 órája

    This video is scaring me ;-;

  • Jason the man

    Jason the man

    8 órája

    It's about time governments and big corporations supply the general public free masks for all

  • Jaselle Manglona

    Jaselle Manglona

    8 órája

    The Flu: am the most bad flu in the world



    8 órája

    Thanks to the whole team of Kurzesagt-In a Nutshell for making such a beautiful and lucid video. This video cleared all my doubts about corona virus.

  • Esrizal senawi md

    Esrizal senawi md

    8 órája

    That means we will stay at home

  • Uhila Setefano

    Uhila Setefano

    9 órája

    Why don't we try and inject bacteriophages into the people that got corona.

  • Chun Shing Tyler HUI

    Chun Shing Tyler HUI

    9 órája

    is coronavirus a slow pandemic?

  • _ *Thamer* _

    _ *Thamer* _

    9 órája

    shame on you to the 9.2k people you disliked

  • Caelestis Hope

    Caelestis Hope

    9 órája

    What a thorough summary of COVID-19 with an in-depth explanation of its mechanism and brilliant animation to accompany it. Thank you so much for all of your high-quality videos. I especially appreciate the detailed Sources that you include, which allow me to deeper understand the topics discussed in your videos. Thank you immensely for taking the time and working hard day and night to put forward this COVID-19 video on such short notice, which is all of knowledgeable, engaging, and mesmerizing to watch. This 2nd-year Biology student has subscribed and eagerly looks forward to supporting your videos in the little ways that she can. :')

  • Christopher Knettel

    Christopher Knettel

    9 órája

    China did not notify other countries. A doctor tried to warn the outside world and China arrested him to keep it quiet. Chinas negligence caused it to spread around the world

  • isaac teo

    isaac teo

    9 órája

    Why do I feel like the human body could be turned into a videogame?

  • Parrot Gone Crackers

    Parrot Gone Crackers

    9 órája

    CHINA DID NOT INFORM THE WORLD HAHAHAHAHA They were warned by Taiwan & China ignored it, also on January 14 th China told World Health Organisation nothing wrong while Corvid-19 Spread. Only in March did it become to big to ignore.
    This video is so bullshit!!!!

  • ItsDawnStories


    10 órája

    i am not going to school until may 1

  • Joseph


    10 órája

    Me: 2020 Surprise me...

    2020: Yes

  • Dmitriy Nagachevskiy

    Dmitriy Nagachevskiy

    10 órája

    Hi, do you accept donations in Bitcoin?

  • sujata sharma

    sujata sharma

    10 órája

    Make a video on atomic orbitals

  • MrBigEnchilada


    10 órája

    Lots of fake news these days lol

  • Anita Pownall

    Anita Pownall

    10 órája

    Thanks! This was awesome. Not sure I would show it to my first graders when we go back to school. Someone should send this to the President.

  • sir mg-42

    sir mg-42

    10 órája

    You could go see a great tourist attraction during the virus buy why,why would you go at the worst time

  • Dank Sanchez

    Dank Sanchez

    10 órája

    Looks like we’re going for a fast pandemic

  • joubhaya


    10 órája

    Thanks to help in this hard times .

  • MIL


    10 órája

    Good videos👍
    Love the voice and animation
    (New subscriber)

  • Kurt Gabriel

    Kurt Gabriel

    10 órája

    Can i have a question
    Other saids that the virus starts at the bats or exotic animals
    It means they have virus but it doesnt spread even where
    They go but why humans can easy got effected ?
    Cause the humans have a weak body or any other
    Answer? Pls answer it sowwy cause this is a dare

  • Paxon57


    10 órája

    I like the quarantine part, finally I can say that I sit in my basement in front of computer screen for entire day FOR NATIONAL SECURITY.

  • Icantfindthefork


    10 órája

    Its weird that 1 single person can make thousands of people die by a virus

  • Dhruv Gupta

    Dhruv Gupta

    10 órája

    Please make a video on:
    What if we fill the entire earth with water till atmosphere:
    1. Water pressure on bottom of ocean?
    2. Can earth crust sustain such pressure?
    3. Total depth of ocean from Mariana trench to atmosphere?
    4. Pressure on water molecule at bottom?
    5. Any life can sustain under such pressure?
    6. If crust collapse, then how mantle and water behave after mixing?
    7. Earth's rotation and revolution behaviour?
    8. Will water at top get out from space slowly?
    9. Moon's behaviour?

  • My life is trustfrating

    My life is trustfrating

    10 órája

    Me while watching : *Coughs*

    Also me : I guess its time ..

  • BBB


    10 órája

    need to wear a f*ing mask now

  • Vinícius craftmaster27 Lima

    Vinícius craftmaster27 Lima

    10 órája

    So what happen if se cancel the juction??

  • haad plays syed syed

    haad plays syed syed

    11 órája

    I Think the cure will come in July.

  • Grammy Nioupin

    Grammy Nioupin

    11 órája

    L homme est allé trop loin dans le mal et CES temps sont serieux pour revenir à Jesus Christ, se repentir.. Peu importe ce que tu as fait Dieu t aime encore, Il te tend la main maintenant et te dis MON ENFANT REVIENS A MOI ET MOI JE TE PARDONNE TE GUERIS ET TE SAUVE..
    La peur est partout. Qui assurera ta sécurité là où la science a failli? Recommande ton sort à Jésus Christ, il te gardera, il te sauvera.

  • Grammy Nioupin

    Grammy Nioupin

    11 órája

    Man has gone too far into evil and THESE times are serious to return to Jesus Christ, to repent... No matter what you have done God still loves you, He reaches out to you now and tells you MY CHILD COME BACK TO ME AND I FORGIVE YOU, HEAL YOU AND SAVE YOU...
    Fear is everywhere. Who will keep you safe where science has failed ? Recommend your fate to Jesus Christ, He will keep you, He will save you.

  • Temuujin Bayankhuu

    Temuujin Bayankhuu

    11 órája

    where is the mongolia??? mongolian infented people are 12

  • Xavia Playz

    Xavia Playz

    11 órája

    Stay At Home Dont Go Out! If Out We Gonna Infected Coronavirus

  • Shulk ForLife

    Shulk ForLife

    11 órája

    Who the FUCK ate a bat🖕🖕🖕

  • Arshnoor Dhaliwal

    Arshnoor Dhaliwal

    11 órája

    This channel uniquely stands out from the others in the educational/informational category, due to it's precision and devotion to providing accurate information. They do there homework and site it extensively. Kurzgesagt has an extraordinary reputation.

  • Firstpo jkh

    Firstpo jkh

    12 órája saying the tide pod eating kids might've been on to something. What if we drank soap then puked it up ?

  • Qj x Prime

    Qj x Prime

    12 órája

    Everyone I know you all afraid of coronavirus but only way to end this is taking care of yourself and even staying safe we are United of America and America never back down so new York , California ,Chicago everyone we need to stop fighting each other and work together to end this coronavirus for good no more play around we to work together and helping of one another do we can live and fuck Donald Trump only person who cares is Barack Obama's snd he wants us this so who who with me to end coronavirus for good! The Only way we need to do this and get ride it is. Number 1- wash your hand every day, number 2- wash your clothes, number 3 clean your house or apartment and finally when ever you get home put a pot a water get some orange , lemon or lime and put apple cider vinegar in the pot. Wait until the water boils and put your face in steam and smell until 20 minutes that we need to do to survive we can do this everyone have faith.

  • Rodolfo Cruz

    Rodolfo Cruz

    12 órája

    All Computers should join the fight and have enough use of RAM in every persons

  • Rodolfo Cruz

    Rodolfo Cruz

    12 órája

    I have a theory that if coronavirus is dead as say on
    Kurzgesagt does sneezing it can remove it or it can only make it worst and it takes more sleep to replenish your spent energy and if your body cant detect whats wrong on that virus as say on Kurzgesagt you need to properly maintain your mind and antibodies regularly day in day out.

  • Dan


    12 órája

    People seriously need to *wear the damn masks* . If u don't have one, at least cover ur nose and mouth with a bandana or smth. Countries where ppl all wear masks have much much slower rate in contamination. Masks prevent u from getting infected *and* infecting others.

  • Premium Kirby

    Premium Kirby

    12 órája

    Great video tho I could not watch all of it because I'm afraid of getting an anxiety attack (I started freaking out the second you started talking about it can affect the lungs)

  • JasonEasthamCC


    12 órája

    Here's an idea: stay home and you don't get sick. Pretty ingenious...

  • Clifford M. Lopes

    Clifford M. Lopes

    12 órája

    This virus was actually made as a weapon of war

  • progamer x7

    progamer x7

    12 órája

    Everyone: Oh my god I can't believe I have to stay inside!! What will I do!?!?!?

    Me: Hehe I got my anime collection

  • Edwin


    12 órája

    I have a question, Can you make a virus to be inmortal since viruses are just rna they can be modify to tell a cell to not die and not duplicate is kinda simple.

  • Juan Lopez

    Juan Lopez

    12 órája

    Damn this is scary as fuck

  • O A A

    O A A

    12 órája




    13 órája

    This my home work

  • Radiant Renee

    Radiant Renee

    13 órája

    What an awesome machine God created...THE HUMAN BODY

  • SSneaky And Friends

    SSneaky And Friends

    13 órája

    Hehe we get our own universe to hold down in hehehe

  • 최재영


    13 órája

    Toilet paper

  • BabyAteMeDingo


    13 órája

    impressed you got this video out while the virus is still relevant because i know how long most videos take

  • Alex Morgz

    Alex Morgz

    13 órája

    Doctor:upYou have Corona virus,stay at home

    People with Corona virus:80 days around the world

  • Andrea Sanchez

    Andrea Sanchez

    13 órája

    Great video!! Is there a way we can get the English script of the video for my students? Thank you so much!!

  • Greenest Knight

    Greenest Knight

    13 órája

    kurzgesagst: stay at home to be safe
    me: oh shoot we HAD to stay at home, ah ok

  • Henry Morgan

    Henry Morgan

    13 órája

    Hey, I'm looking for more information on the immune response if anyone knows about specific feed back loops causing the macrophages and t-cells to attack epithelial cells lmk or if you have any literature on it respond with a link. Thanks. May good health shine on your journey.

  • ravenwda007


    13 órája

    So basically your own body kills you

  • sum kid

    sum kid

    14 órája

    can we get a bruh moment chain

  • KrTheMaster


    14 órája


    *Welcome to our world normies ._.*

  • Jamal Alajmi

    Jamal Alajmi

    14 órája

    When these viruses generated it take a huge numbers of humans body taking around 2 to 3 years to be In massive number any type of virus depending on pH however it takes place after been complete burned guess what guys whose been doing that in porma.. Shucked me as will

  • Konrad Povac

    Konrad Povac

    14 órája

    Corona is China Virus. Rasism is the best Protection. FCK CHINA FCK GLOBALISIERUNG

    • Konrad Povac

      Konrad Povac

      13 órája

      @Reetwick Tunga they have

    • Reetwick Tunga

      Reetwick Tunga

      13 órája

      Konrad Povac Chinese will pay for their sins

  • Parasmunt


    14 órája

    This is your scariest video

  • happysmash27


    15 órája

    For some of us social distancing and quarantine is actually a really nice break from constantly being shuffled back and forth between places. I love doing school at home, where I have a much nicer computer setup (it's much better having two large screens on a super powerful desktop than plugging my keyboard and mouse into my tiny old low-power phone with a bad battery), have much nicer internet that's over 230 Mb/s instead of throttled to 128 kb/s when I inevitably go over my tiny mobile data cap, don't have to worry about things like packing food and books, no longer have a massive, tiring commute, and don't have to worry as much about the environmental impact of my commute. There are other places I may have needed to go to otherwise that I no longer have to go to as well. So much time and energy from commuting and going to places I don't care about much has been reclaimed.

  • Boss


    15 órája

    "Quarantines are certainly not popular"
    Me who hasn't left my house for the past 315 days: I beg to differ

    • Boss


      14 órája

      @happysmash27 I live in an upstairs apartment that has a "backyard" patio that sits above the garbage area. So even though I don't, I could open the sliding door and yeet the trash and hope I don't miss or hit somebody.

    • happysmash27


      14 órája

      Groceries can be delivered, and work can be done online, but how are you taking out the trash? Does it still count as not leaving the house if one goes to the dumpster or garbage chute?

  • Stormy Cats

    Stormy Cats

    15 órája


  • bwayne85


    15 órája

    Great job on this video. Not enough people are taking this situation seriously enough.

  • архив канал

    архив канал

    15 órája

    6:05 look at the hospital bed in the left-down corner, a unrecovered guy just leave he's place. Maybe to he's death...

    This is so dramatic... They said it's just a flat 2d animation.

  • 6ix Shot

    6ix Shot

    15 órája

    notice how it didnt show India

  • GiovannyYt Playz

    GiovannyYt Playz

    15 órája

    If there’s a flu nobody cares. If there is a virus, everybody is in pandemic
    -Giovanny Perez

  • Sam Cox

    Sam Cox

    15 órája

    This video is incredible, way better than anything I've seen from official sources. Except the WHO.
    BBC News had an animation today and all it showed was how viruses infect cells, replicate, and burst out. But they made it sound like it was specific to Corona, not just basic virus knowledge.
    I immediately thought of this video and had to come rewatch it.
    Really just a fantastic video, better in every single way.