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

    VoxVox13 dagar sedan
    • I'm not going to school for some time and im also more closed in because of it, also the coronavirus doesn't exist

      VuNu XbukuVuNu Xbuku23 timmar sedan
    • 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

      doni654321doni6543212 dagar sedan
    • CoronaVOX

      Juxian Iván Luo ZhangJuxian Iván Luo Zhang4 dagar sedan
    • SARS-COV-2 Virus that causes COVID-19... it's back

      Square CircleSquare Circle5 dagar sedan
    • There is a similar video of this in the Philippines, translated to Filipino. Is this the same video?

      Dante OlinoDante Olino7 dagar sedan
  • If only Trump had the mental capacity to understand this.... 🤦‍♂️

    Gee WizGee Wiz12 timmar sedan
  • A very powerful video

    alisuo tokoalisuo toko16 timmar sedan
  • So vox is in the pockets as well then.

    Zion SkyZion Sky22 timmar sedan
    • 🔥🔥🔥 a tough fight 1:45 💟🥊💞 👇 👇 👇 👇 👇🔥

      alisuo tokoalisuo toko16 timmar sedan
  • This is a time where you can be a lazy unproductive person without feeling guilty 😂

    DopamineDopamine23 timmar sedan
  • Even the introverts gettin’ antsy by now 🙃

    Keats FloresKeats FloresDag sedan
  • I want to stay home but my school will start after 1 week.

    BOSUN 보선BOSUN 보선Dag sedan
  • Uh uh don’t blame it on us

    NiggassaggiNNiggassaggiNDag sedan
  • 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 KimDag sedan
    • 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 flusDag sedan
  • Now I get to stay home all day and build forts.

    I Tell You What PodcastI Tell You What PodcastDag sedan
    • Green land is still not infected

      alida flusalida flusDag sedan
  • Vox still suxs

    Dudley WesterlandDudley WesterlandDag sedan
  • Well done with the graphics. Hope this goes better in the coming weeks...

    Richard BallRichard BallDag sedan
  • God help us all !!

    Diane DavisDiane DavisDag sedan
  • 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 robertsDag sedan
  • A pandemic where my only job is by practicing social distancing? It's like I was made for this.

    mixio hilimixio hiliDag sedan
  • Trump should have to watch this!

    Rough colliesRough colliesDag sedan
    • is probably 85% full or more at any normal moment.

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  • Anyone need weed for social distance...😂😂😂

    Bala krishnaBala krishnaDag sedan
  • Gas this like comment allat

    Hersel OlmosHersel OlmosDag sedan
  • 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 XsDag sedan
  • 🔥🔥🔥 a tough fight <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="105">1:45</a> 💟🥊💞 👇 👇 👇 👇 👇🔥

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  • 💎

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

    Pulkit JainPulkit Jain2 dagar sedan
  • 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 John2 dagar sedan
  • Mmmmm, tasty battu soupe

    Suspicious DuckSuspicious Duck2 dagar sedan
  • Green land is still not infected

    SG _1130SG _11302 dagar sedan
  • 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 (:

    SlitkerSlitker2 dagar sedan
  • “This was a warning to other countries” The US: I’m gonna pretend I didn’t see that

    alida flusalida flus2 dagar sedan
  • I heard ice cold beer and strippers can prevent the Virus. Is that true?

    Larry TylerLarry Tyler2 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    AMC2283AMC22832 dagar sedan
    • 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 flus2 dagar sedan
  • 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 skydust2 dagar sedan
  • 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 Sheens2 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    HalaqaHalaqa2 dagar sedan
  • 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

    RedRaineRedRaine2 dagar sedan
  • I know son didnt say..."Its not if you get it, its when". Im dead 😂😂

    Bk AllDayBk AllDay2 dagar sedan
  • China have solution for this virus 🦠, let’s see how long it will take to reach in the market for everyone 😡😡

    harish sharmaharish sharma2 dagar sedan
  • 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 Fişek2 dagar sedan
  • 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 protagonist2 dagar sedan
  • STAY AT HOME THEN. IF YOU ARE DEAD, TALKING ABOUT HUMAN RIGHT IS NONSENSE.

    Rainbow MacaronRainbow Macaron2 dagar sedan
  • China has done it months ago, nobody listens.

    John WickJohn Wick3 dagar sedan
  • 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 M3 dagar sedan
  • Everybody thinks they are in the 80%

    Anti 5ocialAnti 5ocial3 dagar sedan
  • 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

    AdrianAdrian3 dagar sedan
  • 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 Hu3 dagar sedan
  • 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 gouy3 dagar sedan
  • 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 Castillo3 dagar sedan
    • Too hard

      Valen GoksirValen Goksir3 dagar sedan
  • 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 Serrano3 dagar sedan
    • Flatten the curve

      yroohj gouyyroohj gouy3 dagar sedan
  • The usa passed everyone 85k cases and new york has about 9mln ppl

    Gerald Christopher OkochiGerald Christopher Okochi3 dagar sedan
  • the oresedent got sneez on n still good im pretty sure his not the only one

    bla blabla bla3 dagar sedan
  • 80% just mild PNEUMONIA. That sounds rough.

    OtakuLeveledUpOtakuLeveledUp3 dagar sedan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="170">2:50</a>

    MissMoon111MissMoon1113 dagar sedan
  • China got to be careful and stop this virus stuff

    Matthew GregoryMatthew Gregory3 dagar sedan
  • And when are we going to demand China to take responsibility for this?

    David JimenezDavid Jimenez3 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    PrasunPrasun3 dagar sedan
  • Respect to the translators! Thanks!

    BatmanBatman3 dagar sedan
  • Government: social distancing Me, who was at home for 2 weeks straight before: ok

    xoobo volaxoobo vola4 dagar sedan
  • 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 Meg4 dagar sedan
    • 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 vola4 dagar sedan
  • How are we going to flatten the baby tsunami in curve in December

    Rudolf BronkhorstRudolf Bronkhorst4 dagar sedan
  • Bravo!

    Orael AgadresOrael Agadres4 dagar sedan
  • 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 Holloway4 dagar sedan
  • 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 SVproject entirely

    Mark SillaMark Silla4 dagar sedan
  • Flatten the curve

    The GuyThe Guy4 dagar sedan
  • China lied people died.

    mayank deshmukhmayank deshmukh4 dagar sedan
  • It's about time extroverts tried having a taste of our world of 'social distancing' for a change XD

    MythMyth4 dagar sedan
    • Myth Yes, like me. 😊

      Luke GoliLuke Goli2 dagar sedan
  • 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 Lo4 dagar sedan
  • panic buying 99% not guaranteed buy now

    Marco Joselino MagtabogMarco Joselino Magtabog4 dagar sedan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="136">2:16</a> North Korea is white-free from the virus

    Jerry AguilarJerry Aguilar4 dagar sedan
  • 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 Thu4 dagar sedan
  • 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 wang4 dagar sedan
  • CoronaVOX

    Juxian Iván Luo ZhangJuxian Iván Luo Zhang4 dagar sedan
  • 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 Vandermeer4 dagar sedan
  • 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 234 dagar sedan
  • 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 Joey4 dagar sedan
  • 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 Gaming4 dagar sedan
  • 🔥🔥 this video deserves to be in trending <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="81">1:21</a> 🔥🖤💞 👇 👇 👇 👇💖

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

    sarlacc's takewormsarlacc's takeworm4 dagar sedan
  • Government: social distancing Me, who was at home for 2 weeks straight before: ok

    okow tinaokow tina4 dagar sedan
  • 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_4 dagar sedan
    • 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 tina4 dagar sedan
  • The coronavirus got in my country romania

    Radu TutuleaRadu Tutulea4 dagar sedan
  • 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 Henne5 dagar sedan
  • This video went VIRAL!

    Henry ThymianHenry Thymian5 dagar sedan
    • I was just so tempted.

      Henry ThymianHenry Thymian5 dagar sedan