The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

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A huge thanks to the experts who helped us on short notice with the video. Especially “Our World in Data”, 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.

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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💬 Comments on the video

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.

Ok. We are very tired and are going to take a nap now. Stay healthy!

Author — Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell


Every Kurzgesagt video:
-Scares you
-Then calms you down
-Add birds

Author — Marine Life


"There are two futures for a pandemic like Corona: fast and slow."
USA: how about both?

Author — NacaNFriends


Everybody in 2019: yo 2020 finna be a movie

2020: yea home alone

Author — Bad ish


Speaking this as an American, I remember watching this back in March thinking that this would be manageable since people would definitely social-distance and slow the spread. Oh hopeful me. You were so young and naive.

Author — Alejandro Z


"A slow pandemic won't be remembered by history books"
Oh :( too bad there will be entire books about this worldwide disaster

Author — Carlos Zamorano


let's all take a moment to appreciate the hard work of Kurzgesagt, more then ever on this specific video. they usually don't do recent topics but because the whole world is currently influenced by this topic they decided to work day and night on an animation to inform us ! animation is hard work, seen in a previous video of them and as an animator myself very relatable. so thank you Kurzgesagt! for taking your precious time to make this wonderful animation in such short time! i look up to you all. stay safe everyone. the only thing we should be spreading is love!

Author — Sophie Jacobs


Kurzgesagt: stay at home, we need a slow slope

America: haha lol corona cases go vroom vroom

Author — Larry Furley


Me who has watched "CELLS AT WORK": I know some of these words

Author — Kax B


Kruzgesagt: We should quarantine
U.S.A. : WhAt Do U mEaN

Author — TheGamingMacaw


Idk if anybody has noticed, but there’s a suttle difference to the intro, the ape has... toiletpaper

Author — BG.Dino


*Imagine kids in 2090 having to do coronavirus as a history project 💀*

Author — mr.kitloin


Well its probably gonna be a fast pandemic because people are selfish and idiots about social distancing and doesn’t care about the consequences until it actually happens.

Author — Chronic


Kurzgesagt: Talks about a bunch of things to prevent getting corona

Also Kurzgesagt: 7:32 add a clip of a *bird licking a window* because that's completely fine.

Author — Super User


2001: I am the worst year there is!
2020: That’s cute...

Author — sKILLster


If only the USA watched this video and took it seriously, then the existence of Covid-19 wouldn't be a political opinion

Author — Alexander Lucchesi


When you realize your lifestyle is actually called quarantine



“The soap is actually a powerful tool”

Well you don’t hear that everyday

Author — Wolf Caller


Covid-19 is no joke people. I was admitted to the hospital with covid. When my symptoms were at their worst, all I could think about was wanting to die.

Author — Jose Maqueda


Being an introvert
Entire world in quarentine.
Me: Oh No, Anyway.

Author — Electric Spider