Why fighting the coronavirus depends on you

If we can slow the virus down, it could save hundreds of thousands of lives.
Read more about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic at vox.com/coronavirus
In March 2020, the World Health Organization officially classified Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as a pandemic. That means the disease no longer constitutes just an outbreak or even an epidemic; the coronavirus has now spread around the world, and will continue to reach into other countries and communities.
That’s in part because of how contagious the virus is. When you’re infected with the flu, it takes about two days before you start to show symptoms. But coronavirus symptoms take an average of five to six days to appear, so it’s easy to spread well before you notice that you’re feeling sick. Many people are spreading it while going about their daily lives as usual.
The risk is that once coronavirus starts to spread in a community, about 20% of cases are severe and may require hospitalization. As those cases multiply, hospitals can fill up quickly. And people with severe cases of COVID-19 who can’t receive proper medical attention are at a much higher risk of dying.
Ideally, we would be able to stop the virus from spreading entirely. We can’t do that right now. What we can do is slow it down, so that the severe cases get spread out over a longer period of time, and hospitals are less likely to be overwhelmed on any given day. And that’s where each one of us comes in. The best way to slow down the spread is for everyone - healthy, sick, young, old - to limit social contact as much as possible, immediately. This is called social distancing, and it only works if enough of us do it. But if we do, it could mean the difference between the life and death of someone you know.
Read more on Vox:
How social distancing and “flattening the curve” works: bit.ly/3aOlHM8
The math behind social distancing: bit.ly/3a78wG8
The rules of social distancing: bit.ly/2xDoZnb
How does the coronavirus outbreak end? Your biggest questions answered: bit.ly/39YzlfG
How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted your life? Share to help Vox’s reporting: bit.ly/2vBunqA
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  • How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted your life? Share to help Vox’s reporting: bit.ly/2vBunqA

    VoxVox12 dögum síðan
    • it hasnt, i dont have a lot of friends so i dont go out much. my life seems normal lol but its bad that people are dying

      doni654321doni654321Degi Síðan síðan
    • CoronaVOX

      Juxian Iván Luo ZhangJuxian Iván Luo Zhang3 dögum síðan
    • SARS-COV-2 Virus that causes COVID-19... it's back

    • There is a similar video of this in the Philippines, translated to Filipino. Is this the same video?

      Dante OlinoDante Olino6 dögum síðan
    • Coronavirus must be stop

      cartoon movie boy Bermudezcartoon movie boy Bermudez6 dögum síðan
  • I want to stay home but my school will start after 1 week.

    BOSUN 보선BOSUN 보선38 mínútum síðan
  • Uh uh don’t blame it on us

    NiggassaggiNNiggassaggiN11 klukkustundum síðan
  • Fault information on Korea which has totally different reason of many confirmed cases to that of Italy and China. Please check and revise the story which is not true.

    Richard KimRichard Kim13 klukkustundum síðan
    • greetings from bosnia! Our teachers played this in class to show to us that we can slow it down and that we have no reason to panic. Thanks again for making this video (:

      alida flusalida flus3 klukkustundum síðan
  • Now I get to stay home all day and build forts.

    I Tell You What PodcastI Tell You What Podcast14 klukkustundum síðan
    • Green land is still not infected

      alida flusalida flus3 klukkustundum síðan
  • Vox still suxs

    Dudley WesterlandDudley Westerland14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Well done with the graphics. Hope this goes better in the coming weeks...

    Richard BallRichard Ball14 klukkustundum síðan
  • God help us all !!

    Diane DavisDiane Davis15 klukkustundum síðan
  • What I find interesting in the south there taking all baby wipes, my girlfriends sister said she couldn’t find any for her 3 month old , employees told me there taking 4 to 7 packs of baby wipes. Sad so sad grown ups taking from baby’s.

    anthony robertsanthony roberts16 klukkustundum síðan
  • A pandemic where my only job is by practicing social distancing? It's like I was made for this.

    mixio hilimixio hili16 klukkustundum síðan
  • Trump should have to watch this!

    Rough colliesRough collies16 klukkustundum síðan
    • is probably 85% full or more at any normal moment.

      mixio hilimixio hili16 klukkustundum síðan
  • Anyone need weed for social distance...😂😂😂

    Bala krishnaBala krishna17 klukkustundum síðan
  • Gas this like comment allat

    Hersel OlmosHersel Olmos19 klukkustundum síðan
  • Thank you all from Vox team, to break this down so everyone of us can understand how covid19 works and what we as an individual can do to slow it down. Kindly share this video with your family and friends. Anyone of us, your friends or family might be part of the 20% who will need to be hospitalized.

    Takeru XsTakeru Xs19 klukkustundum síðan
  • 🔥🔥🔥 a tough fight <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="105">1:45</a> 💟🥊💞 👇 👇 👇 👇 👇🔥

  • 💎

    DANIEL KABOULDANIEL KABOUL22 klukkustundum síðan
  • I just love Vox videos. The way these people animate, research and explain things is unmatchable. Keep up the good work :D

    Pulkit JainPulkit JainDegi Síðan síðan
  • All governments including China, US and Australia failed to respond to Coronavirus epidemic adequately. We knew four types of Coronaviruses causing common cold in people for many years. We didn’t learn from SARS Coronavirus in 2002 to 2003 epidemic that killed about 800 out of 8000 infected people. Again in 2012, MERS Coronavirus which killed over 900 of about 2500 cases appeared to be more deadly. Finally, the lack of cooperation between governments in 2019 resulted in a much greater disaster where the whole world experienced loss of health and life and a huge loss of jobs and money. So far 26000 death in about 550,000 cases worldwide. When will these governments start working together to fund a war against Coronavirus for the benefit of people instead of spending people’s money for political wars?

    Aryan JohnAryan JohnDegi Síðan síðan
  • Mmmmm, tasty battu soupe

    Suspicious DuckSuspicious DuckDegi Síðan síðan
  • Green land is still not infected

    SG _1130SG _1130Degi Síðan síðan
  • greetings from bosnia! Our teachers played this in class to show to us that we can slow it down and that we have no reason to panic. Thanks again for making this video (:

    SlitkerSlitkerDegi Síðan síðan
  • “This was a warning to other countries” The US: I’m gonna pretend I didn’t see that

    alida flusalida flusDegi Síðan síðan
  • I heard ice cold beer and strippers can prevent the Virus. Is that true?

    Larry TylerLarry TylerDegi Síðan síðan
  • Big Brother tells you there's a plague, there's a plague. Big Brother tells you Oswald acted alone, Oswald acted alone. Big Brother tells you skyscrapers implode when set on fire, they implode when set on fire.

    AMC2283AMC2283Degi Síðan síðan
    • It's my brother's b-day today. It's a Friday. Is he going out? No Is he having a party? No Is he inviting A friend to our house? No If he's self-isolating, then u should, too. 😉

      alida flusalida flusDegi Síðan síðan
  • Now is a good time not to kiss your family or strangers. Depends on the stranger. Depends on the family and if they're alive. Depends on you, really.

    ashwater skydustashwater skydustDegi Síðan síðan
  • Virus problem would have been history now with little death and money loss.had the president (and governors) been livestock farmers, they'd done the drastic/complete shutdown on day 1 and would have known to isolate the sick.

    Walter SheensWalter SheensDegi Síðan síðan
  • The hospital in the picture is unrealistic. The reality is that hospitals are already pretty full, even up to 98% during normal routine years in places like Italy. Your average hospital is probably 85% full or more at any normal moment.

    HalaqaHalaqaDegi Síðan síðan
  • what we do doesn't matter. We just have to put our trust in Greenland to save us all. Trust me I played super realistic germ game

    RedRaineRedRaineDegi Síðan síðan
  • I know son didnt say..."Its not if you get it, its when". Im dead 😂😂

    Bk AllDayBk AllDayDegi Síðan síðan
  • China have solution for this virus 🦠, let’s see how long it will take to reach in the market for everyone 😡😡

    harish sharmaharish sharmaDegi Síðan síðan
  • China must pay for the countries!!!Eu had said so many times to ban wildlife hunting to china but they didnt lissen to eu!!!

    Ertan FişekErtan FişekDegi Síðan síðan
  • What I'm worried about is the weird symptom where people with Covid-19 feel the sudden urge to get on a plane.

    the protagonistthe protagonistDegi Síðan síðan

    Rainbow MacaronRainbow MacaronDegi Síðan síðan
  • Me and my girlfriend picked up a hitchhiker by where I work after she picked me up for work and Covid was for most on my mind. Whatever. I gave the guy $4. She's Christian, it's what her family does. (It's how we met years ago and didn't know we would be boyfriend and girlfriend one day🙃. Her granddad was driving and she was in passenger seat. So there's suddenly some women out there who are going "Really? All I had to do this whole time was pick up a hitch hiker?" We live by eachother, so I was walking in a blizzard one day, her and her grandfather picked me up. Many years later she comes to work where I'm working at neither of us knowing we met before. I flirted with her on Facebook and here we are now. That's how that all worked.) I'm 48 I've never had a girlfriend my whole life, I was like Obi Wan Kenobi my whole life, I had never been kissed, she was my first. We came together right when all this started going down. She's the Christian so I tell her I think her God brought us together now for a reason.

    Agent 😇megaAgent 😇megaDegi Síðan síðan
  • China has done it months ago, nobody listens.

    John WickJohn Wick2 dögum síðan
  • And that is why I don't order delivery or go through drive thru. Pulled out my college instinct and am eating again at home only. This time out of safety

    A MA M2 dögum síðan
  • Everybody thinks they are in the 80%

    Anti 5ocialAnti 5ocial2 dögum síðan
  • Yes it's a great idea and all, but you have people partying cough cough Nashville cough cough and some people who literally luck airport toilet seats

    AdrianAdrian2 dögum síðan
  • It's my brother's b-day today. It's a Friday. Is he going out? No Is he having a party? No Is he inviting A friend to our house? No If he's self-isolating, then u should, too. 😉

    Shan HuShan Hu2 dögum síðan
  • make it. If you want to know more i am keeping a video diary on my channel. Matteo, an 18 year old kid from Livorno, Italy

    yroohj gouyyroohj gouy2 dögum síðan
  • Why don’t all the healthy young people give it to each other and pass it while we shelter and distance the elderly and at risk?

    Lorenzo CastilloLorenzo Castillo2 dögum síðan
    • Too hard

      Valen GoksirValen Goksir2 dögum síðan
  • I have hearing difficulties and mostly I can do to understand these videos is to turn on the captions, but your videos has some really awesome illustrations and animations that can easily be understood. Thank you for the infos!

    Miguel SerranoMiguel Serrano2 dögum síðan
    • Flatten the curve

      yroohj gouyyroohj gouy2 dögum síðan
  • The usa passed everyone 85k cases and new york has about 9mln ppl

    Gerald Christopher OkochiGerald Christopher Okochi2 dögum síðan
  • the oresedent got sneez on n still good im pretty sure his not the only one

    bla blabla bla2 dögum síðan
  • 80% just mild PNEUMONIA. That sounds rough.

    OtakuLeveledUpOtakuLeveledUp2 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="170">2:50</a>

    MissMoon111MissMoon1112 dögum síðan
  • China got to be careful and stop this virus stuff

    Matthew GregoryMatthew Gregory2 dögum síðan
  • And when are we going to demand China to take responsibility for this?

    David JimenezDavid Jimenez2 dögum síðan
  • I never knew social distancing meant being slapped by police because I went out to buy food. I never knew lockdown meant full power for police to govern how and where I move even if I'm a healthy 20yr old who hates human contact anyway.. the gov and media outlets are confused withing themselves.

    PrasunPrasun2 dögum síðan
  • Respect to the translators! Thanks!

    BatmanBatman2 dögum síðan
  • Government: social distancing Me, who was at home for 2 weeks straight before: ok

    xoobo volaxoobo vola2 dögum síðan
  • Hi, I would like to provide subtitles in Georgian language as self-isolation remains a huge problem in my country! how can I do that? link in BIO seems broken

    Katie MegKatie Meg3 dögum síðan
    • India is under lock down for 21 days, 1.3 billion people are practising social distancing here, I hope that we don't mess this, because it could be much worse here.

      xoobo volaxoobo vola2 dögum síðan
  • How are we going to flatten the baby tsunami in curve in December

    Rudolf BronkhorstRudolf Bronkhorst3 dögum síðan
  • Bravo!

    Orael AgadresOrael Agadres3 dögum síðan
  • Wow! I really love that mindset “In order to stop the virus you and everyone else needs to behave like they already have it” it makes the whole concept of “social distancing” understandable. This type of mind set needs to be spread around. Hope news outlets start to express the importance of isolation this way. I totally get it now. Thanks! ...guess I’ll be skipping kicking it with my bf tomorrow...oh well. Its for the best!👍

    Desiree HollowayDesiree Holloway3 dögum síðan
  • I've had a dry cough for the past two days and I'm getting better. I don't know if it is coronavirus, but I don't want to get an unnecessary test because I'm already feeling well. But I'm in isolation and I feel like I've already watched ISproject entirely

    Mark SillaMark Silla3 dögum síðan
  • Flatten the curve

    The GuyThe Guy3 dögum síðan
  • China lied people died.

    mayank deshmukhmayank deshmukh3 dögum síðan
  • It's about time extroverts tried having a taste of our world of 'social distancing' for a change XD

    MythMyth3 dögum síðan
    • Myth Yes, like me. 😊

      Luke GoliLuke GoliDegi Síðan síðan
  • Everyone is wearing mask in China and South Korea to prevent the spread of virus..but people in US and UK are not. It's important to mention this.

    Kaitzu LoKaitzu Lo3 dögum síðan
  • panic buying 99% not guaranteed buy now

    Marco Joselino MagtabogMarco Joselino Magtabog3 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="136">2:16</a> North Korea is white-free from the virus

    Jerry AguilarJerry Aguilar3 dögum síðan
  • In VietNam, we believe the government Depending on young or old, all of both can stay at home. when we go out, we force to wearing mask, wash our hands too

    Huong Tran Thi ThuHuong Tran Thi Thu3 dögum síðan
  • The coronavirus is so horrible, to protect ourselves infect from it, please stay at home as possible as we can , if you really need to go out, please wear a face mask. Just received some masks from ojomask.

    daisy wangdaisy wang3 dögum síðan
  • CoronaVOX

    Juxian Iván Luo ZhangJuxian Iván Luo Zhang3 dögum síðan
  • Me and my friends had this 2 months ago! Atleast 20 people i know including states away had the same thing. Fever and or cough, I had a fever of 103-104 for a week. All around December to February .. all came negative for the flu etc and couldn't say what it was and just a respiratory infection... lies by the media

    Will VandermeerWill Vandermeer3 dögum síðan
  • Can there be a Spanish audio version? I want to share this to my parents but I want them to verbally hear it

    Tarty 23Tarty 233 dögum síðan
  • India is under lock down for 21 days, 1.3 billion people are practising social distancing here, I hope that we don't mess this, because it could be much worse here.

    Alankar JoeyAlankar Joey3 dögum síðan
  • I have been social distancing since the age of 11, if anyone wants any tips and tricks call me now on 555-givememoney.

    WMV GamingWMV Gaming3 dögum síðan
  • 🔥🔥 this video deserves to be in trending <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="81">1:21</a> 🔥🖤💞 👇 👇 👇 👇💖

  • Thank you so much for doing what you can to educate us voc!! (Subscribe)

    sarlacc's takewormsarlacc's takeworm3 dögum síðan
  • Government: social distancing Me, who was at home for 2 weeks straight before: ok

    okow tinaokow tina3 dögum síðan
  • This virus is still being spread and rapidly spreading so fast that the map is already outdated one week later. This is sad, we are horrible..... animals.

    _Ursieminor__Ursieminor_3 dögum síðan
    • Please tell this to the Swedish government and state experts who are recommending the government to keep business as usual. I don't know who will be right in the end but

      okow tinaokow tina3 dögum síðan
  • The coronavirus got in my country romania

    Radu TutuleaRadu Tutulea3 dögum síðan
  • This is a great piece of work by Vox. There really is no greater weapon against an invisible threat like this than good, clear information. With all the media at our fingertips nowadays, it can get a bit muddled, so I really appreciate what a great presentation this was. If anything, SPREAD THIS VIDEO AROUND! Good work guys! Thank you.

    Michael HenneMichael Henne3 dögum síðan
  • This video went VIRAL!

    Henry ThymianHenry Thymian3 dögum síðan
    • I was just so tempted.

      Henry ThymianHenry Thymian3 dögum síðan
  • It's funny nobody brings up the fact that the WHOs director general is accused of covering up multiple epidemics in his home country. You add that to the tweet saying no new cases of wuhan flu and it blows my mind people still listen too him or the WHO for that matter. CHINA LIED, PEOPLE DIED.

    Feels Good ManFeels Good Man3 dögum síðan
  • Thanks for Bangla CC.

    Mr. NineMr. Nine4 dögum síðan
  • "In any hospital, the capacity to treat patients is limited by how many beds they have" Me, a big brane intellect: whY doNt tHey juSt buy moRe bedS

    James 0.999James 0.9994 dögum síðan
  • Epedemic hapens Ewerywone ToILetpEiper

    Venni HakalaVenni Hakala4 dögum síðan