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!

    • 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!

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

    • boost.

    • 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!

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

  • I was planning do a research intership in august, by then you think international flies and migration will be allowed ? Im going to europe btw

  • My body has a 2,000 ton filtration immune system! I’m the one to survive

  • Cold boy 97

  • Everyone: 2020 is gonna be the year 3 months later: Disappointment

  • An idea for next video: Random thoughts, beacause somebody when doing somethings, a random idea will pop out

  • Nobody: Fortnite players: *yes! More time to qualify for the world cup!* But actually guys, stay safe!

  • "soap breaks down fat" fat people: gimme all your stock!

  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="302">5:02</a> Welp... that didn't age well.

  • Trump in early March: Stop all immigration and ban travel. Media: Trump is being a racist. Trump: Shut down the economy. Media: Trump is not doing enough. Trump: Let's help all those affected with money payments and loans. Media and Democrats: Trump just wants to help his friends. Trump: Let's reopen the economy on a targeted basis to better help the vulnerable. Media: Trump wants people to die. Trump: Let's build more ventilators and health care infrastructure. Media and Democrats: Let's make this about abortion, climate, and wages. American People: We know who's on our side. Trump 2020, MAGA, KAG.

  • I can't find soap in any stores. I guess I'm screwed


  • So are we in a slow pandemic or fast pandemic ..? What you think ?

    • Fast pandemic, trump said in the next 2 weeks about 100,000 people will die, so the number of actually infected people is way larger. Trump said a smaller number to not make people panic too much, the actual number of people who will die will be about from 100,000 to 200,000 people. Stay safe.

  • If that's possible

  • Where are the bacteriophages? I hope they can kill the Corona-Virus quick enough.

  • Who are the downvotes? I'd love to hear those peoples opinion. Just kidding morons.

  • Wow. One of the best overall explanations I've watched out of many! Thanks!!

  • wow this reminds me of my HSP maybe its connected somehow huh maybe someone should look into that im no doctor just sounds the same as what i had back when i was 8

  • Пожалуйста переводите видео на русский и дальше

  • I hate your channel

  • Watching this on CS-tv at the same time it's playing on TV.

  • Wow cool story bro

  • why don't we just use phages.

  • 👍🏻

  • Well explained!

  • Well explained!

  • ;-; meh country is infected too :

  • Well explained!

  • Osmosis Jones!!!

  • Damn my body when infected is like a horizon and call of duty crossover

  • Someone please tell me how a virus that starts in fucking China end up worldwide..??

  • The Coronavirus experience is going to change societies worldwide. Through decades, the very rich were always valued/recognized whether their wealth was inherited or was accumulated. The unskilled, the uneducated, the starving poor created the unsanitary conditions to make this deadly virus that affected the lower class, the middle class, and the rich as much as the poor. The concept of caring for the “Universal Family” will need to limit the amount of money that a billionaire can accumulate in order to rescue the very poor who scavenge for food and shelter in every country. Universal health measures will need to be regulated in peoples’ interaction with animals, food, environment, and fellow human beings. A new world order is coming where value will not be based on age, race, sex, or money, and the world will be at peace to preserve us, earthlings.

  • This virus is very dangerous..

  • Perfect, thanks for information.

  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="397">6:37</a> I would like a cloth made out of soap

  • GoOd mOrning! You have been in quarantine for 9, 9, 9, 9, 9...

  • Kurzgesagt can it be stopped with bacteriophage

  • More people will die of anxiety than the actual virus!

  • Yea we are on the fast response

  • Does it get saved in CRISPR ?

  • I thought this video would also show how the coronavirus got on the loose...

  • looks like we got the fast pandemic. well damn were all gonna die 😔

  • I have a cold ;-;

  • มีซับไทยด้วย ว้าว

  • yeet

  • I have been receiving this video from people around the world (in english and spanish). Great work!

  • 这个教程很正确!white plepro sure lean abot this

  • What if we breath in soap water

  • Kurzgesagt team thank you by this wonderfull video about Coronavirus. It brings me joy to see people understanding the magnitude of these disease and you are doing a great job spreading the word. I whish all the team stay safe at your homes. Se can't afford loosing you.

  • The Chinese authorities only notified everyone after first threatening whistleblowing doctors and suppressing evidence that the virus was transmissible between humans.

  • Them talking makes this way more interesting

  • This is the oddest set of circumstances that shows how gamers are actually helping the world by simply spending all their time at home.

  • great easy to understand video

  • What would happen if we used phages to defeat the coronavirus

  • I have cold is I am going to get the conorvirus

  • Coronavirus: dangerous Bacteriophages: allow us to introduce ourselves

  • I have home work about Corona virus can someone help me?

  • Great job! Thank you so much for this video.. It's make me know well about coronavirus. It's very helpful..

  • I have never thought that I will miss a barman so much.

  • En español estaría? Mucha gente no lee rápido o no ve bien. Gracias, saludos

  • Thanks for Albanian subtitles.

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  • Well played China. You did again a history.

  • Here's what we all should do: buy all the toilet paper so that people have to wipe with their hands and die from e-coli infections rather than COVID-19...

  • Ok, now address what were gonna do about the economy? If I’m home, I don’t get a job. If I don’t get a job I can’t stay home bc I can’t afford said home...

  • This is his most popular video, wow, Coronavirus helped him a lot!

  • May I share it with others

  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="11">0:11</a> oh no

  • Those 9.1k people who disliked is going to get coronavirus

  • Not a word (albeit a image on the right in <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="382">6:22</a>), about wearing masks. Other than that excellent video ! A rational response for us the individuals and communities: - Exaggerate the hygiene. - Maintain the distance so to avoid droplets. - Wear a mask!

    • a little bit. Why try to cut your losses before you even try to beat the virus? You've lost before you've even begun.

  • knock knock who's there my name is chaina this is beautiful gift for all humans 😠

    • Without interventions, ~97% of people who will need hospitalization will not be able to get it. With this "flattening the curve" mitigation strategy, you'll bring that down from ~97%

  • 1 in 2,000 Americans currently have contracted the coronavirus aka COVID-19

  • Can you make a video about love feeling? Ok this sounds so teenager but... Yeah it sounds so teenager.

  • i m scared. covid 19 has not been spread in my country with a total of 1024 cases. but my country is having a huge population(1.4 billion) as well as population density. if it spread among common people( which initially spread among upper classes who could afford to go to foreign land,if comes down to middle classes) ,i don't think our govt could do anything except for giving funeral compensation to the deseased.

  • The way you linked the vaccine to Quarantine is very creative , you never fail to surprise me

  • Levi Ackerman secretly smiling and being proud of himself.

  • This channel is an actual human treasure, and we must protect it at any cost.

  • Who Invented GOLD"…

  • Is it just me or is the bird <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="445">7:25</a> feeling himself 🤣🤣

  • can we use phages?