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 - 12 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!
Aaron Day
Aaron Day - 15 klukkustundum síðan
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 - 6 dögum síðan
brilliant work as usual. Love the animations & clear, concise explanations. Well done team!
ABetterWeapon - 10 dögum síðan
Rodrigo Py
Rodrigo Py - 11 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!
Ching Wei Xion
Ching Wei Xion - 12 dögum síðan
Great job.! Probably the best Covid-19 video out there...
Storm Rapid
Storm Rapid - Klukkustund síðan
Coronavirus spreads*
-Time to lick some toilets
Ninja Origami
Ninja Origami - Klukkustund síðan
what happens if you die do you go to heaven or hell or nothing please make a video about this
stasinos sofroniou
stasinos sofroniou - 2 klukkustundum síðan
Very nicely made video. Thank you!!!
Sahib pro Hüseynli
Sahib pro Hüseynli - 2 klukkustundum síðan
Viky - 2 klukkustundum síðan
Funny how everything is a business....they just had to include the ads😒 knowing everyone will be watching this.
Daniel Kolbin
Daniel Kolbin - 2 klukkustundum síðan
people should also stop panicking and realizing it's not that bad
Yash D
Yash D - 2 klukkustundum síðan
Wonderful video!! A big thank you to everyone who was behind creating this video! With so much misinformation going around it's wonderful to see videos like this in where I can only imagine that a lot of hard work has gone into getting as much accurate information as possible and creating it in such a short time! Well done!! Keep the good work guys!
Trong Song Do
Trong Song Do - 3 klukkustundum síðan
Also please wear the mask. It will help to protect you. From Vietnam with true love!
MushroomMario - 2 klukkustundum síðan
The masks don't really protect you. You can still catch the virus.
《UNKNOW 》 - 3 klukkustundum síðan
Coronavirus: Enters the Body
Strong Immunesystem: So you have chosen death
Alibey Pirnazarli
Alibey Pirnazarli - 3 klukkustundum síðan
I'd like to ask a question out of this topic actually. If space and time are required for a matter to exist, so is there actually non-existence that we are not aware of?
Martie Durana
Martie Durana - 3 klukkustundum síðan
in the US, because ventilators are running out, hospitals are forced to sedate patients until eventual death.
A Peťka
A Peťka - 3 klukkustundum síðan
This is officially the most viewed Kurzgesagt video
Koala G
Koala G - 3 klukkustundum síðan
why 9k dislikes??? i'm curious...
green_ivy 8779
green_ivy 8779 - 3 klukkustundum síðan
I'm lucky cuz I take probiotics and it turns out it kills them. Maybe not all, but the majority of the virus.
Aj Dogz
Aj Dogz - 3 klukkustundum síðan
Um, I'm saying this here cause it's the most recent video but I think you have gotten antioxidants wrong this whole time, they are usually not a homemade pesticide or whatever, the clue is in the name. They prevent oxidation of your cells by free radicals by donating a electron that the free radical oxygen would normally take from the cell.
violet s
violet s - 4 klukkustundum síðan
Kurzgesagt, can bacteriophage kill coronavirus???
MushroomMario - 3 klukkustundum síðan
No, because Bacteriophages kill _bacteria_ not viruses.
Lady Hawk
Lady Hawk - 4 klukkustundum síðan
We're in lock down The word is Lock Down!. For the people who don't understand the word it means STAY INDOORS and ISOLATE!. Some people are calling it a police state how ignorant these people are... The police are doing a great job and if drone's are going to help with tracking so be it...Im all for it! ... Very boring having to isolate but its a very small price to pay to save your life and other's... ISOLATE and we can beat this virus!...
Viktor Swiz
Viktor Swiz - 4 klukkustundum síðan
Se ho la tosse o il naso che cola, comincio a bere una soluzione acquosa di perossido di idrogeno e anche attraverso una macchina a spruzzo inspiro una soluzione acquosa nei polmoni attraverso il naso e la bocca. Quasi 2 anni non ho queste malattie virali, passano all'istante. In generale, tutti secondo la sua fede.
Vincenzo Ferrara
Vincenzo Ferrara - 4 klukkustundum síðan
question: if the lipid viral layer is destroyed after injecting its RNA into the human cell, how does it the RNA then enter through the other cell walls?
big Chungus
big Chungus - 4 klukkustundum síðan
You should do a video talking about nanotechnology
Frost Fire
Frost Fire - 4 klukkustundum síðan
Just be thankful you weren't alive during the Black Death
He3fire - 4 klukkustundum síðan
Lair lair pans on fire CCP never ever told the world about CCP virus until it was too late. Ask Italy
COVID-19 - 4 klukkustundum síðan
It is me
Morgan Drenthen
Morgan Drenthen - 5 klukkustundum síðan
This has always been the cutest and most beautiful artsy and informative channel I've been watching for the past 6 or 7 years.
Thank you so much!
susan dmelli
susan dmelli - 5 klukkustundum síðan
Wait, so covid 19 is just a form of Coronavirus which causes common cold, and is equally dangerous as other coronavirus and spread like other flu does...
Food Science & Technology Desk
Food Science & Technology Desk - 5 klukkustundum síðan
really but really great video. Best.
Carmen Cabrera
Carmen Cabrera - 5 klukkustundum síðan
Por favor cuidemonos no salgamos tanto a la calle si no es urgente
Eric 98
Eric 98 - 5 klukkustundum síðan
We are all already dead
Goki_ Lorelei295
Goki_ Lorelei295 - 5 klukkustundum síðan

Ian Folmar
Ian Folmar - 5 klukkustundum síðan
リッキー星人 - 5 klukkustundum síðan
Krzysztof Banaszak
Krzysztof Banaszak - 5 klukkustundum síðan
Im sure that we defeat SARS-CoV-2 before end od May.
C60フラーレン - 5 klukkustundum síðan
ツPraXis - 6 klukkustundum síðan
this became the most popular video on this channel in a week, mindblowing
Maria MK
Maria MK - 6 klukkustundum síðan
What an amazing Job Kurzgesagt Team !!!! Another video debunking all fake news and conspiracy theories would be so necessary and helpful as well. My Family memebers that are not as educated can't stop spaming me with them! I really try to explain to them but sometimes visuals help people understand things better! Keep up your good work! Hands down my favourite channel👍
Ammar Danish
Ammar Danish - 6 klukkustundum síðan
We have to stay at home to not get the corona virus
判官王〜ばんかんおう〜 - 6 klukkustundum síðan
Machhyndra Nath
Machhyndra Nath - 6 klukkustundum síðan
dear kurzgesagt somebody is translating (describing) ur video in marathi(india) & circulating ! earlier when it was not computerage! books were plagiarised by similar community& folks! dont know link but doubt their copyright permissions! & cannot upload it here bcz therz no such provision! kindly mention strict copyright plagiarising action if u wish!! in ur description ! but if u wish2 b lenient about it! its ur call!! thanx 4 wonderful hardwork
Nicky Boi
Nicky Boi - 6 klukkustundum síðan
*its corona time*
Oros Rha
Oros Rha - 6 klukkustundum síðan
the virus is a chemical weapon & become a cover up for this event - the illuminati (Satanic CULT) are under arrest ... troops already send out to Europe by Trump ... Gesara-Nesara (the stolen money) implement ... the most richest people who are the controller of this world replace by the people ... free energy activate ... all internet either slow down or disconnected by now ... TV BOARDCASTING THE BIG PICTURE DAILY AFTER THE ARREST ... electricity still there only phone & internet within the plan ... WE NEED TO MEDITATE THIS IS THE DIVINE RIGHT PLAN FOR EARTH & HUMANITY ... NO MORE INTRUDERS & INVADERS AS WELL AS FALLEN ENTITIES DECEPTION ... SAFE EARTH ASCENSION IN FULL SWING WITH SUN 8 HOSTING ... etc 😇💙💖
MushroomMario - 3 klukkustundum síðan
You made absolutely no sense.
Line to the Arrow
Line to the Arrow - 6 klukkustundum síðan
VortexYoutube - 6 klukkustundum síðan
Thanks kurzgesagt for the information
Ben Arthur Raffles
Ben Arthur Raffles - 6 klukkustundum síðan
try singing these lyrics with the "if you're happy and you know it clap your hands" song

The corona will
not get me no way
the corona will not get
me no way

you better run away
before you run my way
the corona
will not get me
no way
MorpheiX - 6 klukkustundum síðan
holy crap great job for thoses 20M views, 100% deserved and I hope it'll go further
hiro T
hiro T - 6 klukkustundum síðan
to medical doctor! please check BCG vaccine tokyo 174-2! that is why japan & taiwan & thailand & iraq are safe now!
Traplolihunter - 6 klukkustundum síðan
what we really need right now is cells at work explaining this
Ryan Layus MD
Ryan Layus MD - 7 klukkustundum síðan
Nagspread na eh
Harry Pinches
Harry Pinches - 7 klukkustundum síðan
Let's all hope one day we can watch this back and say 'thank goodness it all turned out ok'
CCheukKa - 7 klukkustundum síðan
YouTube: Demonitized
Hacker Gamer
Hacker Gamer - 7 klukkustundum síðan
First:find a Chilling that cool down imunne system
Number two: i had found that might join the imunne system call "the trapper virus" it trap corona and Fire anti-body and the trapper virus will crack and find another crack so they can combine and find more corona
Cap903 - 7 klukkustundum síðan
I usually find this art style really aesthetically pleasing but I gotta say that those human designs were a bit offputting-looking. Why no necks?
kozdesiigner - 7 klukkustundum síðan
2018M view Holy
алина петрова
алина петрова - 7 klukkustundum síðan
Calm enginner 75
Johnny Kallon
Johnny Kallon - 7 klukkustundum síðan
This became his most viewed video in a matter of 12 days. 🦠😷
kakka carrotcake supersandlegend
kakka carrotcake supersandlegend - 8 klukkustundum síðan
The china CCP virus
bagus muhammad rizki fadillah
bagus muhammad rizki fadillah - 8 klukkustundum síðan
Can i save this video? I wanna use it for my school task.
Reza Kak
Reza Kak - 8 klukkustundum síðan
Shame on China
slaviboy - 8 klukkustundum síðan
CHINA: 3.6 Roentgen Not great, Not terrible
Shyamanand Shrivastav
Shyamanand Shrivastav - 8 klukkustundum síðan
What if human worker were replaced by rodot
Ninja Sushi
Ninja Sushi - 8 klukkustundum síðan
Brilliant video.
avdhut aher
avdhut aher - 8 klukkustundum síðan
I have to translate your video to our mother toung marathi language pls support us?
Professor Gaster
Professor Gaster - 9 klukkustundum síðan
When the Coronavirus infects you, it damages your immune system and lungs, and probably other organs. When it damages the Immune system, bacteria can get in, causing the REAL damage(its really not coronavirus who kills you, its the bacteria that gets in) and damaging your organs. The most dangerous organism in earth, the Bacteriophage(A.K.A: Phage), kills specific bacteria depending on its kind, but is harmless to humans. It has been tested safe before in an old dying male patient who has no other choice. It still hasnt been approved by the Government yet but it can be used as a cure. Comparing Antibiotics and Phages:
Antibiotics kills all bacterias including good ones who we need
Phages kills specific bacterias depending on its kind(of Phages).
When bacteria gets inside you, you will be injected with millions of Phages, and the phages will kill all bacterias. If the permanent cure for Coronavirus hasnt been invented yet, it is possible that bacteria might evolve to be immune to phages, but losing its immunity to antibiotics, thats where we inject the antibiotics again. We can just do it over and over again until the true cure for Coronavirus has been invented yet. I forgot to say that coronavirus and the immune system kill themselves together and the coronavirus is finally gone from
your body :D.
SHCENCO GAMING - 4 klukkustundum síðan
Sorry but can you get to the point
Schnabelwetzer 9
Schnabelwetzer 9 - 9 klukkustundum síðan
Ist dieser Kanal nicht deutsch
lordhanz BC
lordhanz BC - 9 klukkustundum síðan
thank you for the information
because of that whoever like this comment i will $ubscribe
and $ubs me back
Judy Moon
Judy Moon - 9 klukkustundum síðan
Humans deserve corona. We are toxic creatures and bad for this world. I'm sad that more people haven't died.
Ezara 95
Ezara 95 - 9 klukkustundum síðan
Does someone feels bad about the lady who died because of bacteria
de nny
de nny - 10 klukkustundum síðan
I saw same video on news just now
명언모음집 - 10 klukkustundum síðan
eshwar gupta
eshwar gupta - 10 klukkustundum síðan
Your video is used in news channels great
JacobiNablaLaplace - 10 klukkustundum síðan
Dónde lo puedo ver en español latino
Franklin Blunt
Franklin Blunt - 10 klukkustundum síðan
So much ignorance & blatant exploitation. COV-19 is a ruse. No other infectious disease, illness, injury, or cause of death happening?
The ruse that was exploited by systemic corruption while chickenshit ignorant populace fell for it.
How is this ruse shocking to people, unless they are clueless which is not unusual. They let it happen, as kleptocracy & corruption abounds because people are easily exploited. Shameful.
Ask to seduce Miss
Ask to seduce Miss - 10 klukkustundum síðan
Kurgesagt - Giving you paranoia & depression since 2013 YOUR WELCOME!
Đỗ Công
Đỗ Công - 10 klukkustundum síðan
China Virus
Ask to seduce Miss
Ask to seduce Miss - 10 klukkustundum síðan
Gunay Huseynova
Gunay Huseynova - 10 klukkustundum síðan
Çinlilərə nifrətim dahada artdı😲😲😲
astatin gaming
astatin gaming - 10 klukkustundum síðan
Can you explain how ensymes are working please? I would be happy
Abdullah Ayub
Abdullah Ayub - 10 klukkustundum síðan
ravey23 - 11 klukkustundum síðan
I feel like with the Coronavirus around, the idiots in society are also getting fished out lmao
Sergeant Liang
Sergeant Liang - 11 klukkustundum síðan
Kurzgesagt:Don't get infected.
Me:I won't be infected,because my mom kills them by being angry...
Harsh Bhavsar
Harsh Bhavsar - 11 klukkustundum síðan
I don't understand the 9.1K people who have downvoted this short, information packed, highly educative video. Keep up the good work Kurzgesagt.
Lin Keong Kim
Lin Keong Kim - 11 klukkustundum síðan
This is indeed a good video. While waiting for the effective vaccine for the cure, there is a natural compound that we may consider: Nicotianamine from soybean.
Click to find out more:

WHO had characterized CoVid-19 a pandemic.“Nicotianamine should be a useful tool for elucidation of physiological function of ACE2. The isolated novel rhACE2 inhibitor from soybean, nicotianamine, is a beneficial compound for in vivo studies because of its origin in a foodstuff.” according to S. Takahashi et al. in "Nicotianamine is a novel angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 inhibitor in soybean. Biomedical Research (Tokyo) 36 (3) 219-224, 2015"
“Since ACE2 is critical for the 2019-nCoV infection, we hypothesize that nicotianamine may block the infection of 2019-nCoV through inhibiting ACE2, which needs further investigation.” said Hansen Chen and Qiaohui Du in "Potential natural compounds for preventing SARS-CoV-2 (2019-nCoV) infection."