The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

čas přidán 19. 03. 2020
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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!

    • and drink alchoholl kids do it

    • 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!

  • This is amazing

  • Who makes the animation? It's seriously cool

  • some people think the chinese created it on purpose

  • i did not have coronavirus and i'm staying home still and i think i may be turning pall

  • China shall be punish

  • Well if the body get over run by bacteria just inject tons of bacteriophages

  • Bruh u said respiratory wrong

  • Covid19 only affects people under 25C

  • C-19 Tips: Wash your hands, hand gel,wash,etc. Doesn’t help as much as water. Don’t touch your face so much. It can go into your lungs, heart, throat, etc. It goes to your immune system, while they fight, corona causes infected immune systems to turn their brain away and cause damage to your body.(57% Can Happen) They start to order immune systems to kill them too, and the immune systems might get badly and sometimes get worse. Spanish flu isn’t as important Try not to breathe in smoke. By all of the progress, you will be able to get pneumonia. {DISORDER} [A Disorder Of Painful Hurting, I don’t know too much about it, but it’s just a very bad disorder.] Health care could sometimes also get C-19 meaning that some people get to live and some has their last journey. We must: WASH YOUR HANDS, SOAP IS VERY POWERFUL. FOR 20 SECONDS. SOCIAL DISTANCE, FAMILY ARE FINE. COUPLES IF AREN’T MARRIED [OR BEEN TOGETHER FOR 5 YEARS+] HAS TO STAY AWAY 1 METRE AT LEAST. IF YOUR IN QUARANTINE, YOU MUST RESPECT IT AND KNOW HOW TO TREAT IT NO NEED TO EAT SO MUCH, OR LESS. WE MUST STILL BE HUMANS WE AREN’T ANIMALS. WE MUST STILL BE HUMANS!! Send this to relatives. Original by: Khongkwan Thanks, I hope you understand 💕 Lots of love 💕

  • Best is the cinamon with hot water and honey

  • Dude,your intro and outro song is nice(P.S the birds look cute)

  • Laughed at Pooh paw on Chinese flag

  • Thank you for making a helpful video! :)

  • *Please help Korean students!!!* I am a student currently living in Korea. The Korona virus is spreading in Korea, but The government of South Korea is going to start school as it is.😱Some of the students are currently infected with the Corona virus. Soon all the students will go to school. Many students are protesting, but the government is ignoring their opinions and trying to start school as it is. There are still many students in Korean schools who do not wear masks.. Many students are scared ahead of school. The dangerous situation of Korean students should be known a lot. 😭 *The sentence may be a little strange because it is using a translator. I ask for your understanding. Thank you for reading the long story.*

    • I will try my best to help you. Don’t go to school no matter what the government says. Your health is far more important than school. If you are forced to go, wear a mask, wash hands frequently and stay away from infected people. Please, just protest and don’t go to school no matter what. If you get infected you will most likely survive. Just stay home and don’t go no matter what the government says and protest as much as you can

  • No, China did not notify the world about the danger in Dec 2019. On January 14th, they still claimed that there were no human to human transmission.

  • Write your will & dont forget your favorit neighbours in it in the best scenarios. 😁

  • ARY news copied this animation and put it on national tv in pakistan. lol

  • Ur talking so fast *sigh*

  • We need to show this video this video to as many people as possible

  • this is a dumb thought but coronavirus doesn’t realise it’s hurting us also it doesn’t realise that if it does kill us then it will be killing itself

  • Kurzgesagt: Corona- CS-tv: *Demonitized.*

  • “If you can stay at home, stay at home to protect those who need to be out for society to function: doctors to cashiers, or *police officers*.” didnt end well

  • im watching this for a school project, yey

  • I'm actually having fun in quarantine

  • This is mindblowing

  • china is so annoying country

  • Only 2 months passed and already most popular kurzgesagt video

  • So um slow spread yea kinda not hapinin

  • plz change your intro

  • I have no idea why human have to ate bats.

  • Respect like what? Like resting and not do the home work or class work.

  • thanks

  • Hmmmm we have a lot of programmed and well trained buttsniffs on here who act like they understand this with their high intelligence and college degrees in fields that they never worked in so they are mostly in salary based sales jobs or full time computer gamers living off the parents pension THEY MAY JUST BE MORE INTELLIGENT THAN THOSE WHO ARE HAPPILY MUZZLED UNDER THE NEW "LEASH LAW" 🐂💨💩

    • @Pete is never wrong it's fine Pete, sometimes when people really care for others they can be called some of the damnedest things, when all that is asked is that they just look into things and research. Especially when too many people are comfortable with the popular narrative

    • @Firstname Lastname Kudos to you for being a good sport.

    • @Pete is never wrong Amen

    • @Firstname Lastname Jesus.... ;-)

    • @Pete is never wrong no I'm teaching one

  • Thank you

  • Like= kurzgesagt Comment= the infographic show

  • Tutorial on how to see angry karens and retarded pricks: 1.sort the comment section to "newest first" 2.profit Good luck! So far i have found 4 karens! How many did you find?

  • it video is korea's online lesson ...

  • I am a Korean🇰🇷

  • The animations are very smooth and detailed.

  • Chinese media say its the US that spread the virus to China in the first place.

  • The best explanation ever! 💙

  • I don’t like china

  • Stupid 🦇 bats

  • Thank you this helped me understand more like if you hate Chinese people now 🦠🦠my tip is don’t buy things from wish

    • I don’t hate Chinese people. That’s racist.

  • VIETNAM: What is Corona (May/2020)

  • Tell that to these idiots protesting with their kids in the country with most cases.

  • *Hello 22nd century high school kids*

  • God I hate how this became a political issue

  • Wait wait wait I know how viruses kills our cells so how about bacteria how did bacteria kills a cell

  • Kurzgesagt: soap and cleaning alcohol. Panic buyer: oh...ok ill do that AFTER I BUY THAT WALLMARTS ENTIRE TOILETPAPER STORAGE OUT

    • Ok so, No joke,i was visiting walmart like 2 months ago and uh... *3 racks of hand sanitizers,36 rolls of toilet paper,and 2 racks of noodles and sardines are PERISHED.*

  • Coronavirus distancing in World = 1.5 Metres Coronavirus distancing in England = 2 Metres English Virus = World Record Long Jump

  • can phages destroy corona?

    • Oh that makes sense

    • Jonathan Strobel exactly

    • No, because Covid-19 is a virus, not bacteria, and phages can only infect bacteria

  • why is this not being play on TV and public places 24/7 in US

  • From where I live and to China.. we can drive there It’s really near us But since it started there has been *only* 6 deaths

  • The Viruses will outbreak every half a century or every one century again and again. Because around the world people are killing lots of animals and eating them without consider. This virus was outbreak by God. Because animals are also deserve to live on the earth. So eat vegetarians always The God might not kill you by these kind of viruses.

  • sooo, who's here after quarantine

    • I'm at an illegal party

  • Wow great info

  • Strongest virus only made in China

  • Yes, there’s a vaccine in testing that is currently being said that it has immunity, hope it’s gonna be our vaccine soon. (I saw this on a news program)

  • 我想我需要注意了

  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="292">4:52</a> Having gone through both corona, and the lockdown, I honestly wish we just opted for the fast outcome of corona, instead of this slow nonsense. The lockdown itself only increases the corona related suffering by causing so many other problems. I don't think the lockdown even helps save lives, in the long run. Eventually, the infection numbers will be about the same, except instead of getting it over with fast, we have all this ridiculousness we have to deal with because of the lockdown. Just end it already! And Kurzgesagt is wrong in saying, "a slow spread will not be remembered by the history books". Oh yes it will. This lockdown has changed me, and billions of people in the world. It's bullshit. And you know.... .another thing, I think should be said about this disease and its treatment. They don't have a cure, or a specific treatment for it. This disease is not like a stroke, where you can go to the hospital for a clotbuster, or surgery and they can save you. You're not that much better off at a hospital because they don't have a treatment for it. The most aggressive treatment against severe cases is a ventilator, and most people who have to be put on ventilators die. So, knowing that, we know that even if hospitals were to be "overwhelmed" with people seeking corona treatment, the death rate probably wouldn't increase that much if people didn't get hospital care for corona. That's the reality of the situation. If this were a disease in which hospitals actually had a treatment, then yes, I would agree that death rates would increase significantly, if people cannot get in to hospitals. This is not the case though. And if you agree that what I say is a great idea, then you should be on my side, instead of supporting this bullshit lockdown. Contact your state, and make your voice heard that you don't want this lockdown. The people don't support it and you should be one of them.

    • @Jonathan Strobel Because you aren't considering the damage that the lockdown itself is doing, or questioning whether the lockdown is actually saving lives, or is actually necessary. It's one thing to choose to limit contacts. It's another thing to make it law that no one can do shit. _I'm pretty sure you can still go to the doctor during the lockdown_ So I guess you read my problems, and you were just like, I'm going to ignore that entirely. wow, ok.

    • @Mary Antonio and also how are people like me the problem? We're avoiding spreading the virus and as a result, saving lives.

    • @Mary Antonio I'm pretty sure you can still go to the doctor during the lockdown

    • @Pete is never wrong Your response makes no sense. You agree that their health care system didn't break down, and society didn't fall apart. Those are supposed to be the reasons for the lockdown. If you agree with that, then I AM right. _It's far from over there_ Dude, it's not over anywhere. Again, that's my point. Lockdowns haven't stopped anything. But Sweden is the one that didn't screw up their whole country in many different ways as a response. The Swedish strategy is the only realistic one. Precautions without shutting down literally everything. That is the reasonable response. The lockdown went too far. It's like people don't understand the bigger picture. _Sweden now sits 8th highest, deaths per million of population and the numbers keep rising_ Total absurdity that you would use that, as if it rebutts my points. You rebutt yourself. Sweden is 8th highest, you say? Oh, do tell me whether or the countries even highe on the list of deaths per million locked down or not. Yes they did. Italy, Spain, France, all had hard lockdowns and surpass Sweden in deaths. How the hell does that make any sense for you to even suggest this argument? This argument is over.

    • @Mary Antonio "Look what Sweden did. They didn't impose draconian measures, and their health care system didn't explode and society didn't fall apart." Exactly. It's messed up, compared to its neighbors. Sweden now sits 8th highest, deaths per million of population and the numbers keep rising. It's far from over there. You are as wrong as wrong can be.

  • Antibiotics are often fed to factory-farmed animals to offset the disease risks posed by overcrowding - this is carried out regardless of whether the animal is infected or not. In some countries, antibiotics are even used to promote growth.

  • why does this still scare me occassionaly?

  • 11K DISLIKES !?!?!?!?!?

  • phage can stop covid 19

  • Coronavirus can't f*ck with me

  • coronavirus is a disinforming term, in that there are at least 4 types known to infect humans - sars-cov-2 is the name given to this alleged new virus- whose very existence NOBODY has scientifically proven so far - let alone prove its pathogenicity !

  • The first line itself is incorrect, they notified about the virus in late January.

    • @Huh ? everyone already knew. But chinese authorities tried to hide the threat.

    • Actually we already know that there is a new virus in early January ( me saying this as a Hongkonger ), I guess the world lagged behind because of physical distance and have other things in mind

  • Still cant belive theres no mask tip in thsi video


  • Covi-20

  • which app did You use to make this video???

  • Coronavirus: _exists_ Commenters: *I see an opportunity*

  • ......

  • Americans should check this video Just saing

  • Take two HQC , vitamin d , zithomax, and zinc and call me in the morning.

  • I'm only watching this now, but it's só detailed for a quick response video. Everyone chipped in time, effort and knowledge. You 100% saved lives with this clear as day explanation :^)

  • 치료가능한 임계점이 나라마다 다를텐데 우리나라는 어떨지 궁금하다

  • China!