The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

Get Merch designed with ❤ from
Join the Patreon Bird Army 🐧
▼▼ More infos and links are just a click away ▼▼
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?
Sources & further reading:

German Channel: by FUNK
Spanish Channel: by WIX

This is how we make our living and it would be a pleasure if you support us!
Get Merch designed with ❤ from
Join the Patreon Bird Army 🐧


The Kurzgesagt voice is from
Steve Taylor:

700+ minutes of Kurzgesagt Soundtracks by Epic Mountain:
The Soundtrack of this video:

Many Thanks to our wonderful Patreons from who support us every month and made this video possible:
Rick Pearson, Michał Nieć, Stepan Tikhonkikh, Yurii Smalko, Callum, Ghaith Tarawneh, Csilla Budai, Sebastian Sturgeon, Robin Wersich, Tom Craggs, TJ Vaught, Christoph Bühler, Jonathan Levin, Tomáš Mařík, william jager, Curtis Boortz, Thor-Rune Hansen, Ketill Gudmundsson, Chris Burris, Steffen Thurner, Jeremy Jay, Antreas Antoniou, Phoenyx Nist-Ferrare, Julianne Taylor, SleepyKid123, Mika Pagani, Corey Freeman, Alexander, Kesarchan, Julio Dieguez, Tommaso Javidi, Sergey, Oleksandr Shymanskyi, Max Madell, Dmitry Zaruta, Max Yiu, Martin Devreese, Davy Jones, Menno Amoraal, Leonardus Herryanto, Olivier Boulanger, Marcello Maiorana, Kristian Trenskow, Philipp Hofmann, Tobias Marstaller, Nick Giannetti, Stimson Snead, Xfennec, DONGWOOK KIM, Rogier Lagas, Marco Johne, Ghanem Al-mar, Jakub Jasaň, Isabelle Hallman, Cedric Ith, Guilhem Poy, Alexis, Reflective Desire, Wayne Liu, Jack Byass, Arjun Annapureddy, Ryan Yohnk, Tigo Middelkoop, KyZaK, william4916, BlueCheetah, Vitalii Lytvynov, Bennett Phillips, Jan Andrle, Akiro, Dragan Tutic, Lolita L., Noel Anderson, TheTonkiDonker, Galihad Chow, Alexis Vilmard, Rich, Sergey Chukanov, Omar Jenblat, Jan, Tyler Harley, Moly, Joseph Yannessa, Les Howard, Ross Burhans, Matt Herrington, Daniel Lucas, Lio, Peter Harrer, Kevin Minnebusch, TylerJ, Robin Hellsten, richard chalmers, Steve Avery, Pornthep Achatsachat, Cauterize1750, Christian Vandament, Lukas Praninskas, Akshaj Darbar, james unwin, AviatorGeek, Elizabeth Stevanovic, Donga, Jordan, shadowpuffin, Étienne Lévesque, Mloren, Michael Arndt, theLastDragon, Cody S., Jem Altieri, EsperSKS, Jake Gamer, Samantha Fisher, Lukas Halbeisen, cameron hartley, David Rangel, Juan Pablo, Billy Smith, Eric Berthe, airboume, Moji Hasan, Mark Mu, Brennan Ratican, Sam Fogarty, Vinsnt, Dmitrii Tretiakov, apple00juice, Agerius Na'Howul, Gabi ., Eric Kim, John Schafer, Jacob Sheffield, Sawamura, Ben Harrison, Jetbo, Revan, James Hatherell, istoOi, Blueberry Yoghurt, Tyler Jacobsen, Rilquer Mascarenhas, Cilestin, Lucia Fernandez, BluePlane, Sumedh Attarde, Dan M, Justin Galowich, Ben Thompson, Dominik Cekliniak, Amanda Lin, Lys, Joe Schafer, Gabeee, Arkfille, H.S. Crow, Moritz No., Dave Richmond, Theodoros Theodoridis, Misir Jafarov, Jordy Tjon, Cameron Geracitano, acrobat1 ., CrazyBatman, rag3047, Jan Thümmler, Rose Johnstone, Clark Kent, philbill07, Semerket, Steven Diaz, Chris M, Pierre Muller, Tyler Williams, Bernd Sing, Ettore Randazzo, Baraa Dajani,


  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell9 dager siden

    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. The Tik-Tok Man

    The Tik-Tok Man4 dager siden

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

  3. ABetterWeapon

    ABetterWeapon8 dager siden


  4. Rodrigo Py

    Rodrigo Py9 dager siden

    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!

  5. Ching Wei Xion

    Ching Wei Xion9 dager siden

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

  6. Legendary 44

    Legendary 449 dager siden

    Nicely done

  7. Gabriel Muteca

    Gabriel Muteca11 timer siden


  8. THaT 0Ņ3 GÃMƏR GŮY lul

    THaT 0Ņ3 GÃMƏR GŮY lul11 timer siden

    So in a nutshell the accent of the narrator is quite calming!! Yea c'mon NO-gos reccomend this to everyone

  9. Faisal Alameeri

    Faisal Alameeri11 timer siden

    I Suggest to translate this great video to all major languages in the world. I can help with Arabic Translation.

  10. Emma jiang

    Emma jiang11 timer siden

    Narrator: Wash your hands!!! Bird: *Licks the window* Me: Wat

  11. Asep Rohmandarjuara

    Asep Rohmandarjuara11 timer siden

    Good video for Learning And Indetification.

  12. h8x0n h8x0n

    h8x0n h8x0n11 timer siden

    No to global lockdown or social distancing. The biologically strong will inherit the earth. The coronavirus only kills the biologically weak.

  13. noone

    noone11 timer siden

    The World Health Organization study have shown that Toilet Paper does NOT CURE the COVID-19 virus. So, STOP HOARDING IT!!! 😡😡😂😂

  14. Shanebagel

    Shanebagel11 timer siden

    Roughly 10,000 have died in the span of the last 2 months. In the last 10 days 20,000 have died. In the words of cardi b, coronavarrus shit is getting real

  15. Amgad Sulieman

    Amgad Sulieman11 timer siden

    It's not much more dangerous than the flu... it's different than the flu and a bit more dangerous than the flu. If you can diet and exercise strictly you'll be fine but most Americans can't do that therefore it's strength is strictly due to our weakness... bottom line... we have to be fear-stricken in order to give up our freedoms and rights so big brother can bully us into oblivion... 🙂

  16. ANI ME!!

    ANI ME!!12 timer siden

    petition to make this in a anime "cells at work" but with a new episode calling "Corona WHAT?!"

  17. bagus budi bowo leksono

    bagus budi bowo leksono12 timer siden

    Report text: A virus is really just a hull around genetic material and few proteins, arguably not even a living thing. this corona virus can only multiply by entering living things. Corona can also stick to everyday items, but not yet known, this virus can survive until when there. its playing mode of spread is thought to be due to the liquid that spurts during coughing or flu. or when you touch someone who is sick, then you touch your face, for example your eyes and nose. the purpose of the corona virus is digestion, lymph, lung. The lungs are surrounded by billions of epithelial cells which are the outer cells of your body lining your organs. the mucosa is waiting to be infected. the corona is connected to specific receptors on the victim's membrane to inject genetic material. Corona virus attacks the body's immunity, confusing the immune system. corona makes infected cells overreact and causes immune system chaos and sends more immune cells than needed, thus wasting resources and causing damage. there are 2 types of cells that destroy, the first is called neutrophils. These cells are very good at killing pathogens, including healthy cells, once they come together and spread enzymes that destroy many friends and foes. the second cell, called killer T cells, usually orders infected cells to self-control. And patients need a ventilator to survive. The immune system's been working hard for weeks. And build a million antiviral weapons. And the thousands of bacteria that broke through quickly made the immune system overwhelmed. Bacteria invade the blood and invade the body. If this happens then death will be possible. Corona virus often compared to flu virus. But it's actually more dangerous. Certain death rates are unclear during pandemics. We believe that this is highly contagious and spreading faster than the flu. There are two estimates for a pandemic like a corona, sooner or later. We'll watch it depending on how we deal with it at the onset of aggression. A quick pandemic would be terrifying and cost many lives. Slow pandemics will not be remembered by the history books. The bad scenario for a fast pandemic starts with a fast contagion rate because it has no countermeasures to slow it down. Why is this so bad? Because in a rapid pandemic a lot of people are going to get sick at the same time. Any excess health care facilities will be overwhelmed to overcome. Resources won't be enough like a health staff or equipment like a ventilator left to help everyone. Someone will die unmanageable and as long as the medical personnel get sick. The capacity of the health system will fall even further. If this is real then bad decisions have to be made. Who are supposed to live and who isn't. The number of deaths increased. General clasification: In December 2019, the Chinese state announced that a virus had spread in their country. the following month, the virus spreads to several countries which caused more casualties every day. this virus is SAR CORV which causes Covid 19 disease, people call it Corona Virus. Description: 1.The corona's virus could only thrive by inserting living things. 2.The corona virus can either land or cling to objects and to what extent it remains unknown. 3.The corona virus can spread from a flu or cough medium, and then when you touch your face, it can spread and enter your body. 4.The corona virus invades the immune, which causes the immune system to deteriorate. 5.The corona virus is often likened to a flu virus, but the corona virus is far more dangerous. 6.There are two forecasts for the corona virus pandemic, which is sooner or later. Therefore, we must try to slow the spread of the corona virus. 7.Washing hands and keeping your distance from others is the solution to slowing the spread of this virus. NAME. : BAGUS BUDI BOWO LEKSONO CLASS. : X IPS 2 NUMBER: 05

  18. 止水冰狼

    止水冰狼12 timer siden

    U r the Best Knowledge YT


    GARENud AQUA.MANTEP12 timer siden

    Fermi Paradoxon: Why do I hear boss music?

  20. omnivore gains

    omnivore gains12 timer siden

    Why the toilet paper??????????

  21. John.D

    John.D12 timer siden

    Huge respect to you for making this video in a shortest period of time.

  22. SercuteYT

    SercuteYT13 timer siden

    “Let’s fix this with a controlled shock” *plz no hate*

  23. 頑人

    頑人13 timer siden

    Thank you for the very easy-to-understand explanation

  24. zijuiy wttuy

    zijuiy wttuy13 timer siden

    short time!

  25. YoMaaz

    YoMaaz13 timer siden

    i love your vids soooooo helpful

  26. zijuiy wttuy

    zijuiy wttuy13 timer siden

    Weeks of watching news almost 24/7 and I still learned more about the virus itself within an 8 ½min kurzgesagt video. Thank you very much and great work, especially for this

  27. ecryptoMillionaire K

    ecryptoMillionaire K13 timer siden

    hi, this is New WORLD Order plan = Genocide , Forget the Life you know ! = all in a massive prison at home = violation Human rights !

  28. Hiya Hi

    Hiya Hi13 timer siden


  29. skyblade bloodheart

    skyblade bloodheart13 timer siden

    i think you've done some real good here guys, congrats :D. and maybe even more of a name.

  30. Angry spider Robot

    Angry spider Robot13 timer siden

    The only problem we have with washing our hands is they get all dry then our skin starts cracking then you put on lotion then those problems go away.

  31. pencil girl

    pencil girl13 timer siden

    corona corona corona corona corona corona !!!!!!! 1. wash your hand 2. don't touch me 3. wear a mask 4. DON'T TOUCH ME!!!!

  32. Baykuş Oynuyor

    Baykuş Oynuyor13 timer siden

    Hi Sir Do You Have Any Plan About Making Any Video About fungi ?

  33. Mandy Brooks

    Mandy Brooks13 timer siden

    I like the monkeys holding the toilet paper.

  34. Rute Vera Maria Favero

    Rute Vera Maria Favero13 timer siden

    Nem todos entendem o inglês. As legendas que colocaram, em português são ínfimas e, as pessoas idosas leem muito vagarosamente, portanto não conseguiriam ler as legendas em tempo. Há uma versão traduzia/falada em Português, porém @Kurgesagt não autoriza a sua publicação, no Facebook, por exemplo. Se tivéssemos autorização de publicação, inclusive no Facebook, este vídeo teria um alcance muito maior e seria muito mais útil à população... creio, inclusive, que este seja o real objetivo ao desenvolvê-lo, não!?

  35. The FBI

    The FBI13 timer siden

    A bunch of stuff fighting for my well being just makes me feel special

  36. caitlin tiopira

    caitlin tiopira13 timer siden


  37. 7alrichardson

    7alrichardson14 timer siden

    Awesome, easily understood, understandable by most. Hope more see this.

  38. 1-UP

    1-UP14 timer siden

    So it went airborne and blew in the winds and went overseas from country to country etc affecting everyone it touches.

  39. BOTJPyoutuber ・

    BOTJPyoutuber ・14 timer siden


  40. BitGamer 99

    BitGamer 9914 timer siden

    _oh look, I accidentally clicked on plague inc... _*_WAIT THAT'S GOOGLE MAPS_*

  41. John Rhoades

    John Rhoades14 timer siden

    How do viruses know where to hit to kill?

  42. Tom Forstmann

    Tom Forstmann14 timer siden

    Weeks of watching news almost 24/7 and I still learned more about the virus itself within an 8 ½min kurzgesagt video. Thank you very much and great work, especially for this short time!

  43. belle.k

    belle.k15 timer siden

    So looks like we're having a fast pandemic?

  44. Macayle Owasuah

    Macayle Owasuah15 timer siden

    Your grandad saving the world World war 2 You saving the world WaShInh YoUr HaNDs 😂😂

  45. I Tell You What Podcast

    I Tell You What Podcast15 timer siden

    How many babies will be conceived during this quarantine I wonder? 😁 A lot of people be home making tiktoks, drinking alcohol, and banging.

  46. Franklin Fernandez

    Franklin Fernandez15 timer siden

    Ven a Cristo hoy

  47. Galactic Kitty

    Galactic Kitty15 timer siden

    We're on the path for a fast pandemic :(

  48. Désiré Poëymirou

    Désiré Poëymirou15 timer siden

    This video should have included more detailed information about about pandemic spread. It is incorrect to call things good or bad without any data to support that claim.

  49. Mark Memije

    Mark Memije15 timer siden

    This video has saved thousands if not millions of lives. Thank you.

  50. ぶびんぐ

    ぶびんぐ15 timer siden

    The fight against unknown viruses has only just begun. The generalization can be done after it is over. First, don't spread infected people. I think it is important to focus on human resources for medical care for seriously ill people. It turns out that there is a difference in the symptoms even when infected. I think that the point is that people with mild symptoms can tolerate at home to prevent spread.

  51. justin xiieru

    justin xiieru15 timer siden

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="449">7:29</a> ---i--

  52. Rtehg Hsjsv

    Rtehg Hsjsv15 timer siden

    Nobody from 🇬🇷?

  53. Roshan Chuwan

    Roshan Chuwan16 timer siden

    Wait a second...They mentioned cornovirus so isn't this video demotized?

  54. TheGavinPlayz50 YT

    TheGavinPlayz50 YT16 timer siden

    It is fun I love not going to school

  55. İ_zlemeyi arzul_a

    İ_zlemeyi arzul_a16 timer siden


  56. Monica Calderon

    Monica Calderon16 timer siden

    Is this in spanish any where i need my hispanic people to hear this!

  57. Ahmed Mourad

    Ahmed Mourad16 timer siden

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="52">0:52</a> WHAT IS THIS?

  58. Dernier Ergenekon

    Dernier Ergenekon16 timer siden

    Those bird animations are cute af

  59. PolarPeed

    PolarPeed16 timer siden

    People say that coronavirus isnt that bad because Flu is worse at my school. Im pretty sure its worse because we dont have a vaccine?

  60. Tommy

    Tommy16 timer siden

    Why don't you change your name to "in a nutshell". Kutzgezard is sooo difficult with SEO

  61. Bruno Berger

    Bruno Berger17 timer siden

    While in Brazil, the president says that is only a "litle flu", and that everybody can back to work. We Brazilian people have a child in the government playing with us.

  62. Nicolas Carbajal

    Nicolas Carbajal17 timer siden


  63. mick green

    mick green17 timer siden

    Engelska också hur tänkte du där????

  64. izequiel pedroso

    izequiel pedroso17 timer siden

    Oi eu não rcsbproteinDatabank

  65. Dennis Flores

    Dennis Flores17 timer siden

    Guys I found a cure! Just breath in soap!

  66. Mike CMW

    Mike CMW17 timer siden

    Very well built bio-weapon

  67. LuukPlayz

    LuukPlayz17 timer siden

    We have a vaccine

  68. Wendy Hendrickson

    Wendy Hendrickson17 timer siden

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This a perfect, brief explanation to share with my students as they start their learning online! Kurzgesagt pulls through again. :)

  69. Republic of Turkey

    Republic of Turkey18 timer siden

    I saw a comment on your Ebola video. It mentioned the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 in the African continent, and joked about how the Ebola virus was immediately rejecting it, as if it would challenge its position. That comment subsequently reminded me of this one episode from the Simpsons where Mr. Burns visits a clinic for an appointment and is diagnosed with every disease known to humanity. According to his diagnosing doctor, he is only alive due to all of said diseases remaining in this specific balance that prevents all of them from continuing their processes of invading the body, a condition apparently termed as Three Stooges Syndrome. My question is, is it realistically possible for anyone to have such a syndrome (excluding name-wise) or something similar to it?

  70. CaribouOrange

    CaribouOrange18 timer siden

    Stay safe guys! Have you considered releasing a French version?

  71. MD Hossain

    MD Hossain18 timer siden

    Yoooooooooo that new intro though

  72. Muhammad Ali Rao

    Muhammad Ali Rao18 timer siden

    Guys I have a question: Can Covid-19 patients recatch this disease after recovery or they become immune to it?

  73. Fiish Diish

    Fiish Diish12 timer siden

    they can because only the symptoms from the virus are only being treated because vaccine has not been created yet. if the patient becomes sick again like high fever, or something worse, they'll have no chance of recovering depending on their current immune system

  74. Tunahan akarsu

    Tunahan akarsu18 timer siden

    is it so horrible? it doesn't need to be horrible like that, many cases didn't show all these story. we should be careful but not live like everything is fatal

  75. Bad Lad Gaming

    Bad Lad Gaming18 timer siden

    Basically, you only die if you are either, very young, old, or have AIDS or Hepatitis A,B,C. P.S 30 million people die each year from the flu, less than 125k have died from Covid-19. Its not a big deal.

  76. ItsOasis

    ItsOasis16 timer siden

    False. The flu had about 20 millions of cases and around 60 thousand deaths. Compare that to more than 200 thousand cases of COVID-19 and over 10,000 deaths. The death rate for COVID-19 is much higher. Every video they provide has their sources in description and I highly suggest you take a look at them. This entire pandemic is much more serious than you think.

  77. Nuruddin Peters

    Nuruddin Peters18 timer siden

    This vid needs more views... More like, 8 billion so folks can take this as seriously as it should be taken.

  78. Math with Uy

    Math with Uy18 timer siden

    Ur duck is so cute i dont care about the covid 19 I care about ur duck

  79. Shaw zhang

    Shaw zhang19 timer siden

    your drawing tool can't draw stars?

  80. Quentin Darras

    Quentin Darras19 timer siden

    Thanks a lot for the hard work, it really pays off! You people are awesome!

  81. Yasin Kaya

    Yasin Kaya19 timer siden

    Fuck this guy

  82. ツsoy

    ツsoy19 timer siden

    Notice that in the intro, every video the Kurzgesagt team makes, the ape holds something related to the video. In this video, toilet paper. In the cancer video, a mouse. In the milk video, milk. just a tiny detail I noticed. we love u kurzgesagt for putting so much love into what you make :)

  83. Davy Warren

    Davy Warren19 timer siden

    Covid 19 is just the flu what really is killing us is 5G the goverment is putting more 5g into our air

  84. pankaj salve

    pankaj salve19 timer siden

    Really informative, appreciate your efforts

  85. Harshaditya Yadav

    Harshaditya Yadav19 timer siden

    ms rona is getting on my nerves now. Bitch needs to stop.

  86. Brad Fred

    Brad Fred19 timer siden

    You can literally search up any 3 letters and a disease will pop up

  87. Ch 17

    Ch 1719 timer siden

    Any anti vaxxers want to chime in now after you see what happens when there is a highly contagious and deadly disease that there is no vaccines for ? ?

  88. - Knjn -

    - Knjn -20 timer siden

    It looks like it's a fast one at least in the US

  89. - Knjn -

    - Knjn -20 timer siden

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="134">2:14</a> the dude at the top left doesn't fk around. None of them do, but he of all