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!

  • CCP

  • There are like 89% people not wearing face masks when they are outside When you show this video to them they just say this: “iTS n0 bIg dEal” That is the reason so many people die of this stupid virus

  • All the dislikes are people who still think that Covid-19 doesn't exist and its a plan from the government

  • Might be a good idea to remake this video because Sweden and Florida show that the virus is not nearly as infectious as supposed and the death to case rate is laughably small. The lockdown bullshit is just totalitarian nonsense and so is mandatory mask wearing and social distancing.

  • Damn, seeing things that are moving inside us feels weird.

  • "It will be either a fast spread or a slow spread" Ah so fast spread?

  • I wish all people do that and care for other people .But no ( at least in Greece)

  • guys my dad is a doctor not normal doctor he heal my dad cant kill virus no joke is real my dad is selling

  • Wearing a mask would significantly slow it down

  • Coronavirus is made by the Chinese communist party to defeat America which is very evil

  • Science stupid Science doesn't know The main enzyme is virus

  • Viruses appearing for the first time on Earth are extremely sophisticated, viruses know to absorb photons ( sunlight ) to get energy the virus to work, after millions of years the virus developin algae

  • Science stupid Science doesn't know The sperm is the virus. So humans are viruses

  • Fast spread and long time

  • 6:26 and yet, a huge majority of people in the world are simply failing to understand that.

  • コロナは小さすぎてマスクで 防げ無いらしいです 免疫細胞感染したらやばいな、、、 無敵のkiller T細胞も終わりか、、、

  • We ended up getting a vaccine in December 2020 but covid evolved and we need to make a new vaccine

  • 6:12 Are you sure about that? (note: yes ik at the time we didnt and i watched it when it first came out so relax)

  • Thank you so much for telling us about this! Now I know how dangerous coronaviruses!

  • Even though i know I dont have them, I always feel sicker after watching disease or virus videos

  • First of all, it's not originated in China. There's no scientific proof yet.

  • Me at this moment: 😷

  • And todays

  • Oh so thats how the virus gets any where in the countrys

  • Looks like a virus to me Is flu not better than a coronavirus

  • Now in 2021 Vaccine says hi to this video

  • I'm pretty sure this "slow pandemic" will be remembered by the history books lol. Especially considering that it'll probably go on forever and the response to it will get more people killed than the virus ever would have.

  • I do not understand why would people dislike this video

  • This aged well

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  • The coronavirus is a “bio-weaponish” disease that is spread in the year 2019. While China noticed this pandemic, in 2020 Masks are required, social distance and washing your hands properly with soap for 20 seconds. In 2021, we finally have a vaccine. And once there is enough people vaccinated, this pandemic can finally come to an end.

    • @KriticalHD Your probably right anyway. This pandemic did start in a good way.

    • the pandemic wont end anytime soon

  • Had my first vaccine today, if only I could go back 11 months to give them hope

  • You all better go get that vaccine

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  • This was made in March 2020. Now, a year later, we have found out that this virus is just like every other flu bug. Now if EBOLA got out... the story narrated above would have more truth. For Covid 19, just Vitamin C up and you'll be fine.

    • Incorrect, covid is far worse than any seasonal flu.

  • ok

  • Can you put some wings on the fake virus 🙂

    • @XxBritishGamerxX -Kingdom Of Britain- it is real in a hologram.

    • @ViroX Thank you for the complement 🙃

    • @Let's Be Healthy Today What an ironic name. Its more real than your brain.

    • @Let's Be Healthy Today Lmao ironic name. Lets be healthy today while you think this virus is fake

    • @XxBritishGamerxX -Kingdom Of Britain- Yup! Like ghost, and goblins and the Loch Ness monster.

  • How much money did the WHO pay you for this lie???

    • Idk better watch the description to see the sources and further reading.

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  • 6:12 This means 2 things: Not getting infected, and not infecting others. Wow if this would be such an easy thing to do...

  • well if this is what we should do then i guess we failed. the world is gone see you on mars

  • Ppl:We need to work together to get out of this pamdemic Donled trump:We need to throw masks and soap to get out of this pamdemic

  • 1:17 what is inside a cell? *Tik Tak*

  • Wake up sheep

  • These were the morons who said that a vaccine in less than a year was impossible. You fearmongers

  • Facts, by kurzgesagt - a drip of despair, a drop of fear and anxiety - and last part of videos = relax it is either theory, or inevitable, or will be not soon..:D love you guys

  • Yes got it!!!

  • oh really?,there is already a vaccine and it was made/found a month ago haha

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  • America loves being fast, and first!

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  • At this point I don't care about society. My government did shit while I didn't left the house for months and we are on wave n of N. So I prefer to do my thing and not "care for my beloved ones".

  • Alex Berenson explains why lockdowns are a bad idea with study's

  • in 2021 the virus will be yeeted away

  • we have a vaccine these days in 2021

  • This video is so much more biased than the others. It only focuses on short-term results and ignores like a hundred factors which makes a slow option the one worse. For example in my country in 2020 counted 76000 more deaths to precious year but only around 39 happened thanks to virus despide count of traffic accidents have dropped dramatically.

  • and why is your name so hard to type?

  • i love your vids kurzgeagt-in a nutshell

  • Annihilate China

  • 97% of everyone that lives near me and in my country don’t wear face masks The rule: “don’t get infected” and “don’t infect others” sound like a joke to them apparently (They seem to be alright getting infected AND INFECTING OTHERS)

  • Thanks for making this informative video, would it be nice if my government inform the instructive information and explain about this pandemic like this.

  • Plot twist this virus was there for 70 years and its old and it will die at 40 years left

  • Stay home stay safe wash hand

  • Thank you for that information when covid hit our home we were not prepared we had not done our research my son's symptoms were worse than mine and he grew fearful he went to the Banner hospital emergency room where they said he had pneumonia give him antibiotics and prednisone within three days had to call 911 he was hospitalized intubated and died and I didn't know what had happened but I want it answers so it took me a while to do my research and then I had his medical report released from the hospital where I could clearly see that they had given him a wrong diagnosis what they saw as pneumonia was actually the residual effects of covid he was healing from covid he was only one or two days away from being covid free but in the emergency room the PA was too much of in a hurry to look at the report if she would have seen the report she would have seen that the doctor that checked his lungs set the lungs were clear and he was breathing perfect and there's more things in the report that clearly show that he did not have pneumonia that PA was negligent and I'm sure this is happening in other places that lawyers will not touch covid cases I confronted the hospital with their protocol they said they didn't have a protocol only suggestions a suggestion would have been to give him covid information and follow up with his doctor they didn't say it was a suggestion they said he had covered and we believe the lie we trusted them now the vaccine is being rushed there's a lot of details they're missing that in the long run are going to hurt people more than help them I'm not falling for their lie I'm not taking the vaccine

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  • I tell what to do stop hysteria start living

  • *coughs* oh geez

  • We already have a vaccine for Covid 19

  • The fda should’ve invested in our friends the bacteriophage

  • I'm currently watching this with fever, dry cough and back pain

  • At first i thought it was the end of the world for me but today i found the solution for the genital herpes thanks so much Dr.Osaoji on youtube

  • it's like a conscience virus, checking your crown chakra for what's going on this planet with all these suffering people, time felt like it stopped to stop the madness and get people to go home, away from stupid work like a drone, and get to know themselves and their loved ones, i really don't know why people are comparing it to the plague? we don't have to bring out our dead in the streets, and i honestly think it's just a reality response to all the things that people don't want to look at because ooohh shiny thing over there, let's waste time on netflix for 4 hours, then work and bahhhhhhh...... i feel like i've been able to do more understanding about what my life has been about in this past year than in any other time. i want to introduce the idea to the collective subconscious that a future of thinking humans who care and come together to solve the entire scenario like it's one family tree, rather than becoming more and more digitized. i'm bored with all this doom and gloom. the atomic bomb already went off, maybe this is the response to all that crazy insanity, it's only been 75 years? i think it's time to stop running off into the future and mend the present first. too many people are miserable and it's not ok.

  • Me watching this now after I got infected : Ó╭╮Ò

  • how did tthey predict this

  • So what more do we know from what's in this early video?

  • america: fast or slow outbreak? how about.. FASTER

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  • Yeah, I think half a corona can infect a whole hooman

  • A study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases conducted by researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the novel virus was present in the United States as early as mid-December 2019. The conclusion is based on blood donations from the Red Cross from nine states, including Washington, Oregon, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. @t

  • Who is here in 2022? Not me

  • We need a part 2 to this

  • This needs to be shared everywhere because, sadly, there are still so many people who don't believe in Corona and what it can do that its ruining us all...

  • I like how ISchats puts the "learn more about covid 19" things on a video of the proccess of beer rotting but not on a video that litreally explains how masks work (not this one doe)

  • And also covid is coming to an end

  • This video is now the most popular video on his channel

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  • Maybe in the future, we will tell Covid-19 to our grandchilds "There was a very mortal virus called Covid-19. But somehow I survived. A lot of people have died due to Covid-19." But if we want to say that for our grandchilds, we must be careful.

    • better tell that when they're old enough, because we don't want to scare them lol

  • AAA. First time Kurzgesagt has done a video for real death. They were doing a lot of videos about nuke somewhere etc.

  • 2 years later: we have better technology then u cuz we have da vaccine >:)

  • lol i'm from the future and about one year later there is a viccin

  • if someome wants to know a lot more about covid19 mild symtoms im doing a personal study with my body since 25+ days ago this virus is a biological weapon that attacks our nervious system go to my video diablo 2 gameplay and check the comments, there is just a part of what im living, and im young and athletic body, and healthy diet person si alguien quiere enterarse de lo que son estos mild symtoms, pase por mi video de diablo 2 pc gameplay, ahi relato a una persona lo que vivo desde hace ya 3 semanas este virus es un arma biologica

  • What if you use bacteriophage on a virus and then the virus infects a human cell, what will happen to the human cell?

  • Think maybe it might be good to make another video on this, now that it's been around for over a year and its impact is better understood?

    • Totally agree - understanding about masks, effects beyond acute respiratory condition, continued precautions after vaccine release, asymptomatic carriers, more contagious variants, etc.... Overall, the video really holds up well.

  • Remember when this was an issue we were united about and saw as a great sacrifice, not mass government authoritarianism or people letting others die for not reason (regardless of what you think is the case they both suck). I fucking miss March and April what the hell is happening.

  • America: Let's do a non gamer move


  • Not trying to sound like a jerk but I say all country’s sue China Yes and I know it’s not possible

    • ok jerk

    • countries*

  • After the pandemic we need to find the guy who started the 5G coronavirus bullshit.