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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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    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

      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

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

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    • Rodrigo Py
      Rodrigo Py

      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

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

  • Storm Rapid
    Storm Rapid

    Coronavirus spreads* Tiktokers: -Time to lick some toilets

  • Ninja Origami
    Ninja Origami

    what happens if you die do you go to heaven or hell or nothing please make a video about this

  • stasinos sofroniou
    stasinos sofroniou

    Very nicely made video. Thank you!!!

  • Sahib pro Hüseynli
    Sahib pro Hüseynli


  • Viky

    Funny how everything is a business....they just had to include the ads😒 knowing everyone will be watching this.

  • Daniel Kolbin
    Daniel Kolbin

    people should also stop panicking and realizing it's not that bad

  • Yash D
    Yash D

    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

    Also please wear the mask. It will help to protect you. From Vietnam with true love!

    • MushroomMario

      The masks don't really protect you. You can still catch the virus.

  • 《UNKNOW 》
    《UNKNOW 》

    Coronavirus: Enters the Body Strong Immunesystem: So you have chosen death

  • Alibey Pirnazarli
    Alibey Pirnazarli

    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

    in the US, because ventilators are running out, hospitals are forced to sedate patients until eventual death.

  • A PeÅ¥ka
    A Peťka

    This is officially the most viewed Kurzgesagt video

  • Koala G
    Koala G

    why 9k dislikes??? i'm curious...

  • green_ivy 8779
    green_ivy 8779

    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

    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

    Kurzgesagt, can bacteriophage kill coronavirus???

    • MushroomMario

      No, because Bacteriophages kill _bacteria_ not viruses.

  • Lady Hawk
    Lady Hawk

    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

    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

    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

    You should do a video talking about nanotechnology

  • Frost Fire
    Frost Fire

    Just be thankful you weren't alive during the Black Death

  • He3fire

    Lair lair pans on fire CCP never ever told the world about CCP virus until it was too late. Ask Italy

  • COVID-19

    It is me

  • Morgan Drenthen
    Morgan Drenthen

    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

    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

    really but really great video. Best.

  • Carmen Cabrera
    Carmen Cabrera

    Por favor cuidemonos no salgamos tanto a la calle si no es urgente

  • Eric 98
    Eric 98

    We are all already dead

  • Goki_ Lorelei295
    Goki_ Lorelei295

    非常にためになる動画です。字幕も付いていて理解を深めることができました。 ところで、教育的で狂気的な緑のやつからここに来た人居ませんか?

  • Ian Folmar
    Ian Folmar


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  • Krzysztof Banaszak
    Krzysztof Banaszak

    Im sure that we defeat SARS-CoV-2 before end od May.

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  • ツPraXis

    this became the most popular video on this channel in a week, mindblowing

  • Maria MK
    Maria MK

    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

    We have to stay at home to not get the corona virus

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  • Machhyndra Nath
    Machhyndra Nath

    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

    *its corona time*

  • Oros Rha
    Oros Rha

    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

      You made absolutely no sense.

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    Line to the Arrow


  • VortexYoutube

    Thanks kurzgesagt for the information

  • Ben Arthur Raffles
    Ben Arthur Raffles

    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

    holy crap great job for thoses 20M views, 100% deserved and I hope it'll go further

  • hiro T
    hiro T

    to medical doctor! please check BCG vaccine tokyo 174-2! that is why japan & taiwan & thailand & iraq are safe now!

  • Traplolihunter

    what we really need right now is cells at work explaining this

  • Ryan Layus MD
    Ryan Layus MD

    Nagspread na eh

  • Harry Pinches
    Harry Pinches

    Let's all hope one day we can watch this back and say 'thank goodness it all turned out ok'

  • CCheukKa

    Coronavirus? NLsoft: Demonitized

  • Hacker Gamer
    Hacker Gamer

    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

    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

    2018M view Holy

  • алина петрова
    алина петрова

    Calm enginner 75

  • Johnny Kallon
    Johnny Kallon

    This became his most viewed video in a matter of 12 days. 🦠😷

  • kakka carrotcake supersandlegend
    kakka carrotcake supersandlegend

    The china CCP virus

  • bagus muhammad rizki fadillah
    bagus muhammad rizki fadillah

    Can i save this video? I wanna use it for my school task.

  • Reza Kak
    Reza Kak

    Shame on China

  • slaviboy

    REST OF THE WORLD: THIS IS A PANDEMIC!!! CHINA: 3.6 Roentgen Not great, Not terrible

  • Shyamanand Shrivastav
    Shyamanand Shrivastav

    What if human worker were replaced by rodot

  • Ninja Sushi
    Ninja Sushi

    Brilliant video.

  • avdhut aher
    avdhut aher

    I have to translate your video to our mother toung marathi language pls support us?

  • Professor Gaster
    Professor Gaster

    GUYS I FOUND A CURE FOR CORONAVIRUS!: 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.


      Sorry but can you get to the point

  • Schnabelwetzer 9
    Schnabelwetzer 9

    Ist dieser Kanal nicht deutsch

  • lordhanz BC
    lordhanz BC

    thank you for the information because of that whoever like this comment i will $ubscribe and $ubs me back

  • Judy Moon
    Judy Moon

    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

    Does someone feels bad about the lady who died because of bacteria

  • de nny
    de nny

    I saw same video on news just now

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  • eshwar gupta
    eshwar gupta

    Your video is used in news channels great

  • JacobiNablaLaplace

    Dónde lo puedo ver en español latino

  • Franklin Blunt
    Franklin Blunt

    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

      Kurgesagt - Giving you paranoia & depression since 2013 YOUR WELCOME!

  • Đỗ Công
    Đỗ Công

    China Virus

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      Ask to seduce Miss


  • Gunay Huseynova
    Gunay Huseynova

    Çinlilərə nifrətim dahada artdı😲😲😲

  • astatin gaming
    astatin gaming

    Can you explain how ensymes are working please? I would be happy

  • Abdullah Ayub
    Abdullah Ayub


  • ravey23

    I feel like with the Coronavirus around, the idiots in society are also getting fished out lmao

  • Sergeant Liang
    Sergeant Liang

    Kurzgesagt:Don't get infected. Me:I won't be infected,because my mom kills them by being angry...

  • Harsh Bhavsar
    Harsh Bhavsar

    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

    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."