The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

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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80 Responses

  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell says:

    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!

  2. Noah R. says:

    GUYS GUYS can we apreciate how fast they got this video out? Like holy cow, theres no way that they started this a reasonable time ago being how fast everything started up getting bad.

  3. 你我 says:


    Ahhh, the fresh smell of restocked toilet paper

  4. Hasan says:

    I think it’s cool how some of the birds had bags under their eyes, just goes to show how much time and effort they put in to get this video out as quickly as possible to inform us. You guys definitely deserve a break lol, thanks for looking out for us.

  5. Owen Yin says:


  6. Darken says:

    “Quarantine is not a fun experience”
    *laughs in introvertic*

  7. Panda _ Peddy says:

    coronavirus: the pandemic that made people realize the power of washing hands, and when sh*tty health systems were exposed

    • Godofkek says:

      Coronavirus: The pandemic that made people realize that exotic meat eating is a disgusting act.

    • Alan Gonzalez says:

      ​@Lionhearte Kinda a strange hill to battle on. Its understandable that a pandemic could threaten to break the healthcare capacity, but that isn’t what he’s saying at all. He’s talking about how the virus exposed how woefully unprepared we were for such an event. The US healthcare gives us about 2.8 hospital beds for every 1,000 person. Italy has 3.2. Hospitals are having to use reserve masks dedicated for nuclear war or bio-terrorism. You are right, it’s the government’s fault for allowing such a poor healthcare ‘system’ to exist. There are 25 million uninsured people under 60. It costs about 200 dollars to be checked for COVID 19 (The kits do not cost 200 – this is for the overall check up)

    • Nero Bernardino says:

      Toilet Paper, the bitcoin of the future!

    • just another account says:

      we might be washing hands and practising proper hygiene more often now, but as soon as this is all over, humans will go back into their old habits

    • Ola Ruud says:

      Cant speak for the world in general but i suspect many countries have failed completely in having reserves in case of emergencies like Norway.
      Its really embarresing how they are now asking private citizens and companies if they happen to have masks and protective gear availible to give our health care workers. These things cost very little and can be stored for decades but the government have over decades been ignoring any actual preparedness and reserves that we should have now.
      Top that with decades of underfunding and understaffing/underpaying health care workers and we now see that there is almost no reserve capacity availible in a crisis.

      Nobody expect health care systems to easily handle pandemics like this, but lots of stupid decisions and poor priorities by our politicians will now likely lead to hundreds, maybe thousands more people dying.

  8. beinyourguard says:

    “Quarantine is not a fun experience”
    Me, an introvert: *I BEG TO DIFFER*

  9. Haterz_10 Lox says:

    Neutrophiles: I’m gonna slaughter everything
    Killer T cells: I know your my friend, but I want you to kill yourself

  10. EzYt says:

    I love it when Kurzgesagt animate, its much more entertaining and it makes me more interested in a topic. That’s why I’ve been waiting for this. You have changed my life alot Kurzgesagt.

  11. eat hot chip and lie says:

    7:39 My house got quarantined recently.
    I was pretty bummed out about it.
    But I think whoever issued the quarantine is more _healthy_ than I am sick in quarantine.
    The total healthiness of the world increased.

    So, whatever.

  12. RayJLau says:

    Hello everyone across the internet! Much love to anyone who is reading this. Times are scary. We can get through it if we work together. Be kind to each other. We can do this!

  13. Mr Wilson says:

    Covid-19: “Execute Order 66”

    Random cell: “Yes, my Lord”

  14. Marc Juarez says:

    We need to translate this in as many languages as possible.

  15. Uneedatictac says:

    “It’s a shame they all died like this” “But look at how clean there asses are”

    • First Blast says:

      Oh please, as if wiping your butt with toilet paper is an efficient way of cleaning it. Newsflash America, bidets are a thing now, it’s not the 19th century anymore.

    • zain says:

      First Blast

    • ship another ship says:

      @PlaguedHuman you had to do utf 8 and not ascii

    • PlaguedHuman says:

      @ship another ship 116 104 101 32 102 117 99 107 32 121 111 117 32 115 97 121 32 116 111 32 109 101

    • Loose Screws says:

      First Blast ikr , i can never use toilet paper alone unless if there was no water to start with, no bidet ? Then just put some water on the TP which is more efficient in worse case scenarios.

  16. 10k subs with videos? says:

    Quarantine: exists

    Introverts: I’ll take your entire stock

    • ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻ says:

      @Rodrigob94 The joke is about quarantine not buying stuff in the supermarket…?

    • Ninjaananas says:

      Stop it! First toilet paper and now quarantine?

    • Nathan Smith says:

      I had always gone back & forth over whether I think I’m an introvert.
      now, living under a shelter in place order, it’s very clear I am not. 🙁

    • øxy • says:

      ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻ r/wooooosh

    • Call Me Ross says:

      I feel *attacked*

  17. justcare. says:

    Me: 2020 is my time to socialize more!
    Coronavirus: Well, yes, but actually no

  18. Aman Singh says:

    Coronavirus exits.

    Me who is suffering from ulcerative colitis and sinus infection for the past 3 years : This is the endgame now.

  19. TheAmazingCowpig says:

    “Wash your hands as if you’ve just cut up some jalapenos and want to put in your contacts next.”

    I’ve never heard such threatening yet convincing instructions on how to wash my hands until now.

  20. Xpertisauce says:

    *gets notification*

    Me: “finally, a trustworthy and reliable source”

    (I truly appreciate the work you people do for us. Thank you.)

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