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!

    • jason Marciano
      jason Marciano

      and drink alchoholl kids do it

    • 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!

    • ABetterWeapon


    • 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!

  • DoubleRR Play
    DoubleRR Play

    Why are there almost 10,000 dislikes? And not to be funny but if we eat a small quantity of soap if we have the Coronavirus would it kill it inside the body or does the soap kill us?

  • Toma Vogrin
    Toma Vogrin

    Bedni ste a prav?

  • fargor lagor
    fargor lagor

    This canal is one of the best canals of the planet


    That FBI who is watching me: *Watch your hands, now.*

  • Raumschifffan

    Anyone else watching this despite they’re German?

  • Shiba Doge
    Shiba Doge

    The corona virus is interesting but deadly

  • Johnny Pickup
    Johnny Pickup

    😂😂 how cute. "Just keep washing your hands and keep your social distance! We're going to fight this and get through this together!" 🤣🤣🤣 Fuck no we aren't. This virus is hungry as shit and it's coming for all of us whether we like it or not. The only thing we can do is stay healthy and boost our immune systems, so when it does catch up to us, we can kick its ass and not croak.

    • Random Animations
      Random Animations

      Johnny Pickup actually, washing your hands with soap DOES work and so does social distancing

  • Manikantha Arun Paturi
    Manikantha Arun Paturi

    Well Informative. The animation-'Cartoon images' keep up the topic without getting deviated.Fantastic .

  • manmohan kaur cheema
    manmohan kaur cheema






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      theDARKSIDE Take. Your. Bible. And. Shove. It. Down. Your. Throat. God isnt the cure to everything.

  • F. Puttstycker
    F. Puttstycker

    Terra fighting back. Darwin. Fermi?

  • Cody Greenland
    Cody Greenland

    BREAKING NEWS: Immune System bombs Lung Tissue in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19

    • Cody Greenland
      Cody Greenland

      BREAKING NEWS: Immune System bombing of Lung Tissue allows spread of normally harmless bacteria to Alveoli BREAKING NEWS: Pneumonia Outbreak BREAKING NEWS: Hospitals overwhelmed by pneumonia patients BREAKING NEWS: People dying on streets as hospitals cant ta- COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH.... COUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...

  • Paul Teti
    Paul Teti

    Thanks for another outstanding video, who are these people that gave it a thumbs down?

    • Random Animations
      Random Animations

      Paul Teti covid-19 deniers and anti vaxxers

  • Suraj Prakash Thakur
    Suraj Prakash Thakur

    Well new England journal of medicine says on average one person can Infect 2.2 people And uk govt removed it from Hcid category check their website

  • على عارف
    على عارف

    Don’t go to hospital and don’t take corona or any medicine as antichrist is making preparations to come to this world for this he want population control

  • Alex Evaristo Hernandez Rosas
    Alex Evaristo Hernandez Rosas

    Este canal es español sería una genial, pues leer los subtítulos hace que no se aprecie mejor la animación

  • FelixGames

    You'll only die, if you don't have toilet paper.

    • F. Puttstycker
      F. Puttstycker

      Use the right end of the stick!

  • Verica Mitic
    Verica Mitic

    Jih tiču

  • The Wood Welding Fabricator !
    The Wood Welding Fabricator !

    So your saying we should buy up all the food toilet paper and hand sanitizer so the elderly and medically vulnerable cant get any right? Cause that's what the super smart soccer moms in my area are doing

  • The Man
    The Man

    Can you make video about Boltzmann Brain? I think that it would be really interesting

  • TheMatrix52


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      Random Animations

      TheMatrix52 “what is artificial will kill you!” Okay then, let me take your phone... and your car... and everything you own and boom, into the lava it goes, also, where do these viruses come from? N.A.T.U.R.E

    • TheMatrix52

      @Semi-automatic door opened idiot

    • Semi-automatic door opened
      Semi-automatic door opened

      And going back to nature is a bad idea we human need technology we need to start colonizing planets not become cavemans again

    • Semi-automatic door opened
      Semi-automatic door opened

      TheMatrix52 You sound like you come from sarkic cult anyways forget that your comment is just pure nonsense in many ways

  • Mustafa Al-baghdady
    Mustafa Al-baghdady

    Come on Elon Musk.. work faster i want to leave the earth and go to mars

  • SorensenGaming

    looks like were in a fast pandemic :/


    22 million Views!

  • Redigit S
    Redigit S

    Video: "the world" My brain: ZA WARUDO

  • Shane Coughlan
    Shane Coughlan

    stay at home and wash your hands

  • kim williamson
    kim williamson

    NICE explanation so, it's not that bad afterall

    • Random Animations
      Random Animations

      kim williamson well, it is, currently we are in a fast pandemic

  • • Point and Stick • Makinesiz Tatu
    • Point and Stick • Makinesiz Tatu

    WOW! You finally get the appreciation you definitely deserve. 22Million something views!! Congrats

  • Prudence Ray
    Prudence Ray

    Where are all the Alan videos?

  • Prudence Ray
    Prudence Ray

    Where did all your videos go?

  • The Wandering Aristotle
    The Wandering Aristotle

    This animation always gets in me.

  • I'm In Satan's Basement
    I'm In Satan's Basement

    And cults are now trying to commit genocide by spreading the infection in the name of "religion"

    • Krazi Kiwi
      Krazi Kiwi

      Oh no, really? If you don't mind, could you provide a few examples? Thanks!

  • Danger Deep
    Danger Deep

    we need a 2nd vid plzzz

  • Alex Shin
    Alex Shin

    This video is put together so well!

  • Elly Rmolier
    Elly Rmolier

    From doctors, to cashiers to police officers and 5g technicians for faster downloads ;) Love how they had all the information about this "newly discovered virus" right from the outset. Doesn't it take time to gather information about a virus and epidemiological / social data over time to identify how dangerous a virus is? This is fucking ridiculous

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      Random Animations

      Elly Rmolier 5g BaD!1!1!1

    • Elly Rmolier
      Elly Rmolier

      Krazi Kiwi apologies if I was rude or frank. Just Look into this.

    • Krazi Kiwi
      Krazi Kiwi

      @Elly Rmolier Thank you for taking the time to give a thorough explanation! I will do some more research on this; you've really piqued my curiosity.

    • Elly Rmolier
      Elly Rmolier

      Krazi Kiwi I don’t expect you to. But for your own sake, use your brain, try and look through the smoke and mirrors and really try and grasp the situation. 100s of viruses exist on our planet with them evolving constantly! We have never reacted like this, in the history of the human race. I know some countries that can’t afford to lock down have done so on the advice of more developed countries and this is resulting in massive social-economic crises. People on daily wages going hungry having to beg for food! All because a virus that was detected last last year. Your a scientist, so tell me, how did they know it was a dangerous virus? Where did they get the epidemiological and social data from? We never reacted to MERS or SARS like this, so why now? Or are you just a brain dead, no questions kinda guy? Did you know that covid is a PHE notifiable disease? Like TB and Cholera. Do you know that the symptoms are so general that everyone is being tested for it. Do you know that if someone dies, after having been tested positive for covid19 that regardless of them having died because falling off a bridge they will be recorded as a covid 19 death? Anyway, it’s not for me to do the thinking for you.

    • Krazi Kiwi
      Krazi Kiwi

      @Elly Rmolier Thanks for the explanation; I didn't realize that. I won't trouble my students with this information, but thank you! Have a nice day.

  • Elly Rmolier
    Elly Rmolier

    5g is not corona. Covid 19 does not exist. When they test for covid they are testing/ amplifying genetic material that is present in most individuals and thus categorising those would die from another issue, such as an MI (heart attack), old age, other medical issues as having died from covid. That is how they are getting these death rates. Currently there is no increase in death rates compared to the usual rate, except a few select cases which I have seen and are very very odd. They do not present to me in a way that I would understand how a virus works. Rather, individuals are hypoxic and ventilators do not help much as a ventilator can only work if the lungs are able to maintain gas exchange. So the precedents has been set, the lock down has commenced, people forced into their homes with the proposition of fines and in the fear that they may spread /contract a non existent virus. We have been told that there are many more deaths to come and there I believe them. They are making mass graves and mortuaries. 5g is being rolled out faster than ever! In some areas where 5g has been tested insects, birds and other animals have fallen dead in great numbers. Some of these incidents are currently under investigation - but let’s be honest no body has a clue. What’s true is that 5g at the 60ghz frequency is absorbed by oxygen. It causes oxygen to spin as it is at a frequency the is confluent with oxygens normal oscillatory property - ie oxygen molecules vibrate in nature at a certain frequency and this 5g at 60hz is at the same frequency causing the oxygen to spin and be ineffective to humans and other living animals to be able to absorb them. Not many studies have looked into this and this is why doctors have fears about this as only very limited studies have been conducted. Furthermore, these mm radio waves are like that found in your microwave and can lead to tissues increasing in temperature over time. Back to the main point. When the o2 molecules spin rapidly and are no long able to be absorbed by your blood in your lungs - alveoli, this causes tissue hypoxic injury to the lungs, resulting in damage to the lungs, release of inflammatory chemicals and swelling. That’s why when these individuals are placed on a ventilator, the ventilator doesn’t work as well, and most individuals end up dying regardless. The extent of tissue hypoxia is likely correlated with length of exposure and distance from the 5g source. In my opinion, in such patients only ECMO is of any use in saving severe cases as the ecmo machine does the job of the lungs and that is to oxygenate the blood in a machine that is connected to the body. Anyway. I think you all need to think about this. It affects us all. Is 5g deployment really essential in the current supposed pandemic? Does that make sense? Have we all asked for faster mobile downloads? I don’t think so. This network is not for us. It’s for causing harm to a lot of us and regulating the remainder that survive. 5g needs to be looked into further but for the moment it needs to be stopped. When people will start dying they will blame corona virus 🦠 but actually it’s because of 5g and hence why they are getting the death 💀 beds ready in the mean time.

  • Muhammad Taufik
    Muhammad Taufik

    Kurzgesagt always make a high quality, highly accurate fact videos. and make a compicated topic be understood by a coomon people. Hope you always make more videos and make us know more than before. Regards from Indonesia

  • Rgee

    we should get antibiotics too so bacteria will die

  • Rodwell Braddick
    Rodwell Braddick

    I really enjoyed the video and the simplicity of the explanation, I’m confident this material would be very helpful in my community, therefore I would like to know do I need to to or which process should I follow to gain permission to translate this video from english to spanish. Please let me know at your earliest convenience.


    After this i started trainging mi cells Eating aplle and banana

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    Click and Buy


  • Brian Arista Marzuq
    Brian Arista Marzuq

    Everyone need to watch this.

    • soinhu foitu
      soinhu foitu

      🙁🇺🇲USA and Donald Trump still not taking Coronavirus seriously that's why they not made complete lockdown in their nation like India did.

  • Pashtrik Musliu
    Pashtrik Musliu

    You guys have to make a video game with these animations, AND I MEAN IT.

    • soinhu foitu
      soinhu foitu

      Then why UK's prime minister encouraged people to shake hands. Boris Jonson what a idiot man ! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿💂💂💂.Long live the queen. Their Queeen escaped from London 😂😂🤣

  • Sinan Öztürk
    Sinan Öztürk

    You should make a game where you can decide what will happen

  • Chris Lee
    Chris Lee

    It is wuhan pneumonia not covid-19 shame on you

  • Omi Lo
    Omi Lo

    The coronavirus is called COVID-19

  • Jakob Goldberg
    Jakob Goldberg

    "Der" Virus ist "Das" Virus!!!

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  • LTgamer gg
    LTgamer gg

    coronavirus is a normal virus.

  • Rosa xxx
    Rosa xxx

    show this to the idiots who think "CorOnA iSn'T A biG ideA itS LikE thE fLu!"

  • Rahul Nexen
    Rahul Nexen

    literally and figuratively in our hands. damn

  • CMBurns18

    please do a video on why italy was hit so hard

  • Observer

    COVID-19 is man made bioweapon! to control the masses even more and get rid of Cash and bring about cashless society! New World Order the Evil ones which they had always been dreaming about! Let's not buy into this Wuhan animal market garbage!

  • ArmYTB Chaine
    ArmYTB Chaine

    See ? Look at the world when only one infectious disease doesn't have a vaccine. Where are you now anti-vax ? Do you still think that vaccine is bad for our body ?

  • Kundan Dhayade
    Kundan Dhayade

    😀👦Great video sir, your English and your accent is amazing. Your accent is melodious 🇮🇳

  • Kundan Dhayade
    Kundan Dhayade

    🇮🇳⏳💣This video is very very important. India's Government have to show it on TV. also in dubbed version in different languages. The clock is ticking 🕙⏳

  • Kundan Dhayade
    Kundan Dhayade

    Then why UK's prime minister encouraged people to shake hands. Boris Jonson what a idiot man ! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿💂💂💂.Long live the queen. Their Queeen escaped from London 😂😂🤣

  • Kundan Dhayade
    Kundan Dhayade

    🙁🇺🇲USA and Donald Trump still not taking Coronavirus seriously that's why they not made complete lockdown in their nation like India did.

  • Wadas 90
    Wadas 90

    Can you make video about Arabian and Russian oil war`?

  • Inventamus

    Can anyone say Bio Weapon?

    • Krazi Kiwi
      Krazi Kiwi

      What makes you think the coronavirus is a bio weapon?

  • Vinnik

    This is his most popular video already damn

  • Gavinda jya jya
    Gavinda jya jya

    I've just got back from the Moon. *What the heck is Coronavirus?!?!!*

  • Tomek Michalski
    Tomek Michalski

    Thx, that is very very important

  • Yap ING poop
    Yap ING poop

    Me: sees the news My brain:hide hide!

  • Omega Otaku
    Omega Otaku

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="437">7:17</a> plague inc.

    • Mohammad Moghrabi 07
      Mohammad Moghrabi 07



    great work as always

  • mark Stockmans
    mark Stockmans

    Every one on the Kurzgesagt team, thank you for making this clear explained video about the COVID-19 virus. In a time where everyone is searching for the correct information, you as team makes it possible to understand it by providing the correct information as correct you can give it at this time. I don't have the words great enough to express my graditude. For those who question the information in the video or disprove by saying that the COVID-19 is not real or not dangerous, you are choosing to be ignorant. Kurzgesagt uses reliable sources by certified scientific institutes and scientists. Every clam they make is backed up by the source of the information. If you see this video and still don't believe the information, you are choosing to close your eyes and therefor putting yourself and others at risk. Please open yourself for those who want to give you the wright information. Take care, stay healthy


    Everyone guess what? Covid-19 Officially reach 1 million subscribers.

  • Alom Khan Mayan
    Alom Khan Mayan

    Can i download this video and post to my own timeline and group st thats people can see and learn how they can get rid of corona virus.....

  • This is the longest name here this is astronomical
    This is the longest name here this is astronomical

    I could care less

  • gacha foxy12
    gacha foxy12

    Its has in any tv show that's great and rabies kill more people then coronavirus

  • malena marinova
    malena marinova

    There is no Coronavirus. Facts.

    • This is the longest name here this is astronomical
      This is the longest name here this is astronomical


  • Emerald Nic
    Emerald Nic

    Bill gates is spending billions of dollars to find a cure for coronavirus Is planning to put quantic dot tattoos in our skin supposely to verify if we've been vaccinated. Wants to have digital records of all the world identities. Could this man be the antichrist? Revelation 13: 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Matthew 24 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

  • herbonite hsep
    herbonite hsep

    how about they take all infected people to a island so that it becomes a slow pandemic

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  • Dante Vizcarra
    Dante Vizcarra

    Kurzgeasagt is all this animating affecting you?

  • 바밤바

    문재인 씹쌔끼는 초기대처를 안해 ㅋㅋ

  • Roderick Galea
    Roderick Galea

    Could you please do a video on nootropics?