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Is COVID-19 a Pandemic? | March 2020 Update

March 7, 2020

Thanks to Brilliant for supporting this episode of SciShow. Go to to learn more. {♫Intro♫} This video was filmed on March 3 2020. If we have a more up-to-date version of it, it will be linked at the top of the description, and right up there. Let’s go over some terminology to start. SARS-CoV-2 is a virus, specifically it is a new kind of Coronavirus that appeared suddenly in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are common, you have likely had a coronavirus lots of times, it’s one kind of virus that causes the common cold. But they can also cause SARS and MERS, two diseases that have very high case mortality rates. They’re very dangerous, and the disease that SARS-CoV-2 causes has been named COVID-19 short for coronavirus disease 2019. This disease spread very quickly in China
at first, but new cases there are slowing, and now the majority of new cases are outside China. This raises the question…do we have a pandemic on our hands? And the answer, yes, maybe, also no, and also it doesn’t really matter and it actually matters a lot. So…that’s why this video is here. First of all, “Pandemic” sounds like an official term, but there aren’t super hard rules or numbers for when it can or should be used. In general, we use the term epidemic to describe a sudden, unexpected increase in cases of a disease in a particular region. A pandemic, on the other hand, is sudden, unexpected worldwide spread of a disease. Why does the difference between those things matter? Well, it’s not just whether we get to use a scarier word in the headlines… there’s also a difference in how we respond. Epidemics you contain. Pandemics you can only mitigate. So, then how do we decide when something is a pandemic? Researchers have said they’d need to see evidence of sustained, domestic transmission in at least one more region outside of the
Pacific region that includes China, Japan, and South Korea before using the term “pandemic”. So the question is whether these cases outside the Pacific are spreading on their own. Not just new arrivals, but new spread. And while we didn’t see any evidence of
that in the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak, we now have seen cases that aren’t directly
linked to either travel, or exposure to people who’ve traveled. Instead, it looks like it might be what’s known as community spread. Community spread, or community cases, are essentially when the source of the infection is unknown. In this case, that would mean people who haven’t been to China and also have’t been in direct contact with someone who was recently in China are getting sick. It’s spreading from person to person in their own community via droplets from coughing or sneezing or just, talking loudly. As of February 29th, three states in the US have reported community-acquired cases: California, Oregon, and Washington. And a preliminary genetic analysis of the
virus, sampled from two separate patients in Washington state, suggests that the virus was quietly spreading there for a while. The virus in the two patients had a particular genetic signature that only a small fraction of samples from China had. If the two cases were both new introductions from abroad, it would be unlikely that they both had that signature. That suggests that there has been sustained transmission in Washington state for several weeks — though we’d need to find the sick people who did that transmission to confirm this. It seems likely that there are more cases than outbreak responders are aware of, probably because those people simply aren’t sick enough to go to the doctor. So does this make this a pandemic? Again, there’s not a hard and fast rule, but remember we’d need to see not just domestic transmission, but sustained transmission. So is that happening? Well, many experts and scientists say yes, but, as of this recording, the WHO (World Health Organization) has chosen not to use the word pandemic. And it so happens that the WHO is having meetings between when we’re filming this and when you’re seeing it. They’re the ones who get to say, although even if they say it, it’s not a formal term — just their assessment of things. The formal use of the word “pandemic” was actually retired in 2009! If they decide at those meetings that they’ve seen what they’re looking for, they may switch from their current policy of trying to contain the disease, to naming it a pandemic and switching to a strategy of mitigating the effects. They’re looking for sustained, community-acquired transmission – that is, many, many cases where no one knows how someone got sick. Now this might seem like splitting hairs, but there are reasons why they might be shy about making this call. No one responds to news like “there’s a pandemic” lightly, and they get that. As for why we ended up in this situation in
the first place, we do have some ideas about why COVID-19 has been able to spread. As we mentioned, it’s spread from person to person in droplets when a sick person coughs or sneezes. It’s also been suggested that a number of
cases are being spread by folks without any symptoms at all. That’s called asymptomatic transmission. But on Tuesday, the WHO said that, at least in China, only one percent of reported cases had no symptoms – and most of those developed symptoms within days. So it looks like asymptomatic transmission
is really rare, and that’s unlikely to be the main driver of new cases, which is very
good news. Pandemic or no pandemic, it’s important to remember that this designation has nothing to do with how deadly a disease is. The term only describes where the disease
is spreading. It doesn’t tell you anything else. And we’re not really sure what the mortality
rate of COVID-19 is. It’s changing so fast it’s hard to even
pick a number to cite. For one thing, it’s been different so far in China than in the rest of the world, and different in some parts of China than in other parts of China. For another, the actual rate might be much lower, since mild cases may very well be going unrecognized. You may have heard a figure around two percent cited in the news, and that’s backed up by the published literature so far, but it’s probably not going to be the number we have when the dust settles. And the number’s gonna be very different in places with more robust healthcare systems than in places that don’t have lots of respirators. We’re planning a whole other episode for you on how we understand and compare fatality rates, so keep an eye out for that. In the end, whether something’s an epidemic or pandemic may have as much to do with our response to the disease as the disease itself. If it’s an epidemic, the nation or region
where it’s happening may try to contain it and prevent it from getting out. But with a pandemic, the focus may be more on mitigation efforts, like surveillance, treatment, and protecting vulnerable populations. They may also focus on slowing the spread of the disease through what’s called social distancing: things like dismissing school or postponing mass gatherings, rather than just trying to keep it out of the community. And there are also things we as individuals
can do to help prevent the spread of the disease. People should be aware of the symptoms of this disease, which include fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Those are the main COVID specific things to watch out for. People might also get aches and pains, a sore throat, a runny or congested nose… and I realize now I’m just listing symptoms of a cold or flu! That’s why it’s really important to contact your doctor if you start having any difficulty breathing — which is more indicative of this disease. And when I say contact a doctor, I mean call them, don’t go in to sit in a waiting room with a bunch of strangers. The US Centers for Disease Control recommends avoiding touching your face, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and staying home if you yourself are sick. You should also wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. That’s not just some empty platitude. Coronaviruses are surrounded by an envelope of oily material. And soap is really, really good at disrupting
and dissolving oily stuff. So washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds — about the time it takes to sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, or the chorus from Toto’s “Africa,” whichever you prefer — is a genuinely effective way of destroying virus particles. And you should also get your flu shot. We
mean this. Now, the flu shot isn’t gonna protect you from COVID-19, but the flu and
COVID-19 have similar symptoms. Which means one could be confused for the other, placing
an extra burden of testing and treatment on health providers. Plus, you’re less likely to get the flu,
and the flu sucks. Also if you do get it, it’ll probably be less severe, meaning you’re
less likely to need treatment from a potentially overworked healthcare system. They also want people to stop buying face
masks. Surgical masks are good at keeping your stuff in, not necessarily the world out. So unless you’re a healthcare worker or
already sick, or you are in a specific situation where your doctor has recommended a mask,
they won’t do much. And we should leave them for the people who
need them. In sum, it’s understandable that the word
“pandemic” is being thrown around, whether COVID-19 is one by definition or assignation
by the WHO or not. It’s okay to be concerned. After all, events
like this are uncertain, and we can give you some facts here on SciShow, but we can’t
eliminate that uncertainty. There are many people who’ve been affected,
families who’ve lost loved ones and we should keep them in our hearts. But when you see the whole story from a thousand
feet up, it’s relatively mild compared to what we’d feared. There are clear things we can all do to reduce
the risk of transmission, both for our own benefit and for those around us; And there are a lot of smart people working
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  • Reply Yang Yang March 7, 2020 at 3:47 am

    New cases are slowing down in China because they stopped testing and reporting them. People are still dying.

  • Reply hans yolo March 7, 2020 at 3:49 am

    im happy that my city has a massive hospital with another massive hospital underground for emergencies like this and we have free healthcare.

  • Reply InfusedSediment March 7, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Perhaps you’ve noticed that the Trump administration is still telling the American people that all is well, and not to worry or really do anything in response to the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) crisis other than to just wait for spring when the president believes that the novel disease will somehow vanish on its own. But is this really the wisest approach to an ever-evolving situation with global economic and public health ramifications?
    In this age of economic interdependence and just-in-time supply chains, our answer to that question is a resounding no. Dare we say that it would be patently foolish to just sit around and hope for the best, especially as big-box stores in certain areas of the country are already experiencing panic buying and associated supply shortages.
    Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, PhD, recently published a report on his website highlighting some little-known facts about the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) of which you may not be aware. Included in this report is a roundup of some known nutritional and supplemental remedies that could help you and your family stay safe from this growing pandemic.
    According to Dr. Theron Hutton, MD, N-acetyl cysteine, selenium, spirulina, and high-dose glucosamine are all supplements of natural origin that have been scientifically shown to provide protection against RNA viruses like influenza and coronavirus.
    In a paper entitled, “Nutraceuticals have potential for boosting the type 1 interferon response to RNA viruses including influenza and coronavirus,” researchers from the Catalytic Longevity Foundation and the Mid America Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Hospital found that these and other herb extractions such as elderberry possess symptomatically beneficial properties that can help to mediate the impact of infections such as coronavirus, which is definitely worth considering.

  • Reply Fewyouknewme be for March 7, 2020 at 3:52 am

    totto's africa !!! how did i missed that ?

  • Reply Adam Moore March 7, 2020 at 3:52 am

    Im shitting it.

  • Reply Piatequila March 7, 2020 at 3:52 am

    It's BS, the WHO doesn't want to use the word Pandemic because they want to keep the fonds for themselves since they privaticed them
    and only use the money to Invest in third world countries .. and their own luxury travels !

  • Reply Physics for Lisa March 7, 2020 at 3:54 am

    I thought it was called 2019 NCoV?

  • Reply Bobby Markham March 7, 2020 at 3:54 am

    Why don't you call it Coronavirus? Don't want demonization? Lmfao

  • Reply Pixel Tits March 7, 2020 at 3:55 am

    A 24 hour illness is a CORONA LIGHT

  • Reply Samantha Deshaies March 7, 2020 at 3:56 am

    Thank you for having good captions! It is so important to me when relaying such important information. Bad captions can lead to misinformation for me which in some cases can be incredibly alarming and worrying. Thank you for being inclusive!

  • Reply ADANTHEGIANT March 7, 2020 at 3:59 am

    In the US. 1895 tested…10% verified infected…3% mortality rate…survey says!!! 5 PEOPLE! Nothing to see here folks…please resume rioting in China, your government has created this story of a killer virus as a desperate attempt to regain control of you!

  • Reply Fulmin Gaming March 7, 2020 at 3:59 am

    this is the idiot host that said last time its not a big deal lol

  • Reply G-Box 2 March 7, 2020 at 4:01 am

    I live in Washington and my University is a commuter school, so they made the decision today to suspend all in-class activities and have all instructors teach online classes. Problem is, finals week is just two weeks away, and many instructors weren't prepared to give a take home final…

  • Reply YT March 7, 2020 at 4:05 am

    Corona is just the start! Something far worse is coming!

  • Reply Kyler Curtis March 7, 2020 at 4:06 am

    4:00 the WHO???

  • Reply Times Up March 7, 2020 at 4:06 am

    US is not prepared so % will be higher

  • Reply Anna W March 7, 2020 at 4:08 am

    It’s been confirmed that it’s in my county. Yay…

  • Reply Hikusar Aoeu March 7, 2020 at 4:08 am

    You should be aware that the WHO (Wuhan Health Organization) has been corrupted and is no longer a trustworthy institution. The WHO director Tedros Ghebreyesus has accepted Chinese funded infrastructure projects in Ethiopia and China has future plans to spend more. He will never declare this a pandemic and is putting his country first over the whole world. SAD to see SciShow fall victim to MSM hype. Get Educated and check out Peak Prosperity's videos where they've been reporting on this for almost two months now with daily videos. They are also suffering demonetization by greedy Google.

    @Hank: if you read the CDC guidelines for how they classify pandemics, SARS-COV-2 fits the CAT 5 designation. It's a honey badger virus

  • Reply THE AMAZING josh March 7, 2020 at 4:09 am

    And Oklahoma today

  • Reply Tim Reaves March 7, 2020 at 4:09 am

    I really appreciate the information here, especially that you explained a couple of things that so far haven't been explained adequately.

    1) Why should you wash your hands specifically for 20-plus seconds? Because it helps dissolve protective oils surrounding virions.
    2) Why shouldn't you buy a medical face mask? Because they're optimized for keeping YOU from contaminating other people, not the other way around.

  • Reply Keith French March 7, 2020 at 4:09 am

    How would social distancing to anything.. Ok so you cancel school… and? If you are not immune you catch it at the mall, the movies, the restaurant, dad brings it home from work…. its pointless unless you completely isolate yourself from all other humans

  • Reply Ace Lightning March 7, 2020 at 4:10 am

    So it's not the Zombie Apocalypse Virus, nor even the Chinese Death Flu. (And it has nothing to do with snakes.)

  • Reply Trevor Goodchild March 7, 2020 at 4:10 am

    Needed a complete lock-down but our governments sat on their lazy and dumb asses and allowed this to happen. Then you have that jerk in NH who was TOLD to self quarantine, then decided to go to a local event instead. That person should be severely punished for their endangerment of others.

  • Reply maddreax March 7, 2020 at 4:11 am

    I hate that people around me are still skeptical of all these facts because "oh it's all about America and American stats and we're not in America" but… facts are still facts? Y'all calm down please?

  • Reply dfalconerio March 7, 2020 at 4:12 am

    It also makes people go crazy and buy large amounts of toilet paper #sendaustraliayourtoiletpaper

  • Reply Pepperoni Milkshake March 7, 2020 at 4:14 am

    *Opens the tap and takes the soap bar*
    "It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
    There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
    I bless the rains down in Africaaa"

  • Reply Sarthak Rana March 7, 2020 at 4:15 am

    So this disease is spreading because people have no good hygiene when it comes to the way to cough and washing hands 😂

  • Reply Frankie Bedek March 7, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Getting the flu shot is also good because, if this year has been typical for the flu, during the 3 months of this outbreak the flu has probably killed 20-50x more people than Covid-19 has. The flu is terrifying…

  • Reply Ace Lightning March 7, 2020 at 4:16 am

    Hank, if you're going to leave some stubble on your face when you shoot a video, get the techs to test the way the it looks in the lighting. In this one, you look like you've got sloppily applied pancake makeup on your chin and next to your nose.

  • Reply Introgauge .C March 7, 2020 at 4:16 am

    Im kinda glad i freaked out when swine flu was in the news. Even though coronavirus is waaaay worse, for some reason im much more chill about it. Its better to be cool and reasonable about things anyhow.

  • Reply Joseph Farhat March 7, 2020 at 4:17 am

    I'm not saying to not take cobit 19 seriously, but I do have a suspicion not a big one that it is a propagandist pipe disease propped up by the Chinese government to help topple on world economic situation. Believe me I am very very serious on Healthcare my family have are all doctors so don't think that I'm just being a strawman. But ever since the announcement of this particular virus from China the world economic situation has taken a slight downturn to say the least. That's why I'm watching the situation with just a raised eyebrow. And following the guidelines that I've been told from family and our local who organization

  • Reply DAYBROK3 March 7, 2020 at 4:17 am

    100,000 people worldwide as of this afternoon (March 6 2020)

  • Reply Michael Meyers March 7, 2020 at 4:17 am

    If the WHO calls it a pandemic, actually uses the word pandemic, before July then Financial scamming Bond Holders of ~$500 Billion would lose all of that money. That’s why they aren’t testing for…and they are not finding…the disease in the USA. How Patriotic of them.

  • Reply Murlynd 73 March 7, 2020 at 4:17 am

    Slowing if China isn't lying.

  • Reply Becca A March 7, 2020 at 4:18 am

    Why are people acting as if this virus is Ebola or a guaranteed death sentence….there are more people recovering than dying, and those that passed mostly had pre-existing conditions, smoked, vaped, asthma, old age, compromised immune system…its a severe pneumonia type flu, just keep healthy and take care to wash your hands so viruses won't transmit through your nose, mouth and eyes.

  • Reply Joseph Farhat March 7, 2020 at 4:19 am

    The drive-by media is making it seem worse than it actually is.

  • Reply Sanket Patole March 7, 2020 at 4:19 am

    Guys, It's me, playing Plague Inc.

    Check out this infographic showing the spread of Coronavirus across all countries (Latest WHO report).

  • Reply HandymanBill March 7, 2020 at 4:19 am

    Another perfect example of why I love SciShow and Complexly. Thank you, Hank Green for creating such and outlet of rational discourse and science based information. Well done, brother!

  • Reply Char-kun March 7, 2020 at 4:19 am

    4:34 I want those socks

  • Reply Keith Gunn-Glanville March 7, 2020 at 4:19 am

    Hey guys and girls at scishow I always love your stuff. I don’t comment a lot but here and there I’ll chuck a little nugget in. My brother is one of the aforementioned “really smart people working on this (coronavirus) “ Dr Jacob Glanville CEO of DistributedBio. He and his research are prominently featured on Netflix’s “pandemic” He has also been on the news a bit lately as a expert analyst for this topic as he and his team are working around the clock to bioengineer antibody booster shots for COV-19. Everything you guys said on this episode is true to what I know from him so hats off as always for providing good solid informative material.

  • Reply skeerk March 7, 2020 at 4:19 am

    I live in a school district that cancelled school for 2 weeks because of COVID-19 and it definitely seems like they’re focusing more on mitigation than anything else here

  • Reply JC Korn March 7, 2020 at 4:21 am

    CDC has now suggested older Americans to stay home… general.
    It’s a pandemic, we have no control.

  • Reply Ashleigh Grace March 7, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Can you please tell people in Australia to stop mass buying toilet paper? Genuinely.

  • Reply Hybrid Hippie March 7, 2020 at 4:24 am

  • Reply Max Powers March 7, 2020 at 4:27 am

    I wish our culture was more open to wearing face masks to slow down the spread of viruses. We should do it every flu season like the Japanese do.

  • Reply ken juan March 7, 2020 at 4:27 am

    It's in multiple countries already and spreading to others…sounds like a pandemic to me regardless of mode of transmission.

  • Reply EL NOODLE March 7, 2020 at 4:31 am

    The Netherlands is going to be like China and Italy in a couple of days

  • Reply Fishmanfu March 7, 2020 at 4:32 am

    That #kungflu sounds pretty serious!

  • Reply SkyWolfAlpha March 7, 2020 at 4:32 am

    Here in Seattle, it's increasingly being treated like a pandemic – all the things Hank listed and then some: schools closing (though not yet being forced by the state to close), events being cancelled, protecting sensitive populations (which seems to be the elderly – many nursing homes are on near-lockdown and not allowing visitors, Parks & Rec cancelled all senior-centric program), even major employers are either encourage or mandating that people work from home if their job permits (such as Microsoft and Amazon).

  • Reply bamfbabybamf March 7, 2020 at 4:33 am


  • Reply Walter Buhro March 7, 2020 at 4:34 am

    Scishow should have been more aggressive about discussing this issue, You all can do better,

  • Reply Jeremy Petix March 7, 2020 at 4:35 am

    For some reason, I trust Hank. That’s really rare nowadays….

  • Reply sam chenkual March 7, 2020 at 4:35 am

    Have fun getting demonitised

  • Reply Tracy K March 7, 2020 at 4:39 am

    N95 and N100 MASKS WORK when used properly. Not cool to tell common people to dismiss them just because health institutions didn’t prepare.

  • Reply Jennifer Stump March 7, 2020 at 4:40 am

    Hello from Snohomish County WA, home of way too many COVID-19 cases, and crazy amounts of school closures.

  • Reply Nathaniel Anderson March 7, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Your N95 masks are doing little to nothing for you if you 1) don't change it regularly throughout the day and 2) have facial hair. It's more of a psychological comfort than anything. And like Hank said about regular surgical masks, it's more to keep your stuff in than other things out.

  • Reply HerrBratwurst March 7, 2020 at 4:42 am

    You know an illness is serious when it's a combination of Panic and Epidemic.

  • Reply Enigma Productions March 7, 2020 at 4:43 am

    What do we do Hank?

  • Reply Makise Kuristina March 7, 2020 at 4:45 am

    Let’s continue to stay alert, not anxious. 🖐🏻

  • Reply Where's my Dragonator? March 7, 2020 at 4:47 am

    tfw you've worked in a field that uses tiny glass fibers and find out the masks don't do anything to keep stuff out.

  • Reply Tacticalderp March 7, 2020 at 4:48 am

    There are already cases in cities and small towns in Norway. Some of the cases have been traced to Northern Italy in the cases near me.

  • Reply Tmb Brand March 7, 2020 at 4:56 am

    Somehow, hearing Hank at this time, is immensely comforting. Scary times. Thanks Hank!

  • Reply Robert Rasco March 7, 2020 at 4:59 am

    ….So….Hank…..what you're saying….is……..yes?……no?……maybe??…….probably???……..we're screwed??????…….but not really?……….

    ….cool, my dude.

    But seriously, my take from this (really quite informative) video is don't be stupid with your generally hygiene…..will do!

  • Reply Abdirahman A March 7, 2020 at 4:59 am

    We got the first case here in KY today, scared as f*>k now

  • Reply AvangionQ March 7, 2020 at 4:59 am

    3:40 Those who are ill in the US are either not sick enough to go to the doctor or too afraid of the bill … so many Americans are one medical emergency away from bankruptcy.

  • Reply Brownskikuca Garlic Bread March 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

    8:16 ah I see, you're a man of culture aswell

  • Reply Phoenix Uprising March 7, 2020 at 5:01 am

    My family doctor's office has been out of the flu shots for a month now. I was told to go to any drug store and see if they have any available.

  • Reply May March 7, 2020 at 5:02 am

    what about using P100 respirators? I heard they filter the particulate matter including the virus. Please confirm!

  • Reply Brains out wild March 7, 2020 at 5:02 am

    We’re all going to subscribe!!!!!! 😱

  • Reply Gwen D March 7, 2020 at 5:03 am

    Thank you

  • Reply MissLilyputt March 7, 2020 at 5:03 am

    Sci Show, please talk about the state of Florida ignoring the CDC recommendation to test everyone who have symptoms and instead using a 1800 number for people to call if they’re sick.

    I also have a few questions:
    Why isn’t the healthcare system designed in such a way that it isn’t overloaded when we have epidemics?
    Why aren’t hospitals or doctors offices prepared to deal with people who may have contagious diseases? What’s the use of doctors and healthcare if when you need it the most, you’re told to stay home instead? Don’t people know that self quarantine doesn’t work if that person has to get food, water or can’t get time off work? That people who self quarantine are more likely to stretch the meaning and make exceptions because they’re getting cabin fever?
    Why aren’t people talking about the flu even though many more people in the US and throughout the world have contracted it and many thousands have died? We don’t have a good vaccination for the flu (which is why people keep getting sick despite getting the shot and some years are worse than others) so why make it seem that the flu is somehow safer than COVID-19?

    Just my personal thoughts:
    If people are getting pneumonia from the new virus it seems very dumb to to my mind to tell people to not see anyone about it and just call it in. I remember I got sick and was told to stay home, it’s probably the common cold. Nope, I had bronchitis that quickly included pneumonia and by the time I realized just how sick I was I was in no state to get myself to a hospital. If it hadn’t been for friends and my mom coming to get me and practically carrying me, I wouldn’t have made it alive to the hospital. I spent nearly 2 weeks in the hospital recovering. Chances are most people have never had pneumonia and don’t know the first symptoms to get treatment before it becomes life threatening.

  • Reply D*Kasey March 7, 2020 at 5:04 am

    I hate how handwashing isn't already common sense

  • Reply Kelli Votel March 7, 2020 at 5:05 am

    YouTube Search:
    Dr John Campbell
    Peak Prosperity

  • Reply Priyatham manohar Koka March 7, 2020 at 5:05 am

    How good is the research? For the Medicine??

  • Reply That Guy March 7, 2020 at 5:07 am

    Also seriously, stop bying particulate respirators meant for constuction workers. My co-workers and I are stuck using the same mask for up to a week… Please stop buying them, they won't work for Covid19.

  • Reply Ed Pepa March 7, 2020 at 5:09 am

    Ah the good old days when the flu used to be more deadly and dangerous than this.. ha-ha.

  • Reply Susan Ananda March 7, 2020 at 5:10 am

    What is the name of this male presenter?

  • Reply CyberWize March 7, 2020 at 5:10 am

    COVID-19 demonstrates why America desperately needs a Bernie Sanders presidency.
    I've heard that, for someone who is uninsured in America, it can cost almost $3,000 to get tested (not to mention treated).
    Americans need universal healthcare.

  • Reply Jamie Ko March 7, 2020 at 5:11 am

    You mean Wuhan coronavirus?

  • Reply Calvin Zero March 7, 2020 at 5:12 am

    remember dont over use hand sanitizer.. it doesnt work on viruses and the last thing we need is the rise of antibiotic resistance bacteria.. if you think COVID-19 is bad, you really dont want to deal with super bug…

  • Reply T.Kai March 7, 2020 at 5:12 am

    Within the UK call 111 if you suspect you have Coronavirus

  • Reply Jon Snow March 7, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Don’t buy masks, yeah right…
    May be don’t buy regular face masks, but definitely do buy n95 masks.

  • Reply Nicola Li March 7, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Haha it's funny because millennials in my city represent over 600,000 people with no family doctors. This province's healthcare system sucks. We mostly cant afford to stay home if symptomatic also.

  • Reply Eric DiDomenico March 7, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Hank you are the man

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    – Hank

  • Reply Genarus Cal March 7, 2020 at 5:18 am

    The really scary aspect of this virus is the incubation period being between 2-27days and the other aspect of it being asymptomatic is not rare so to say because they are estimating over 10mil people have it and a good chunk might not know they have it. For example a teenager in the U.S. showed symptoms after it being the 3rd strain from one of the 1st people infected and this transmitted un-noticed from the system in a span of 2 weeks. The current cases are "Confirmed" cases and many experts are again estimating the actual infection count is way higher and the high ball being 10mil.

    Current person to person rate is estimated 3-7 people per infected. the flu is 1.5
    The mortality rate globally is changing day by day and various factors are at play so at the moment its not a stable variable to go off of.

    Also do not get to hyped about these vaccines everyone claiming they have made yet these are still in trial phase and take up to 15 months to 2-3 years for proper procedure to make sure they work.

    Another thing that worries medical experts is if this will be seasonal and from current infections in regions that is considered fall in the southern hemisphere this might not be the case.

  • Reply FailGirlGamer March 7, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Now I have Toto’s Africa stuck in my head, thanks 🤣

  • Reply The Infidel March 7, 2020 at 5:21 am

    I agree with the new feature of Youtube to put WHO alerts and links on the site and on related videos to show the primary source of RELIABLE and PROFESSIONAL information and give people the option to learn information not of videos by laymen babbling about things they have no bloody clue about just so they get to ride the pandemic gravy train and make clicks of it. Global Fatality so far is ~4000 out of 100.000. Bird flu has a mortality rate of 60%. This virus is LESS dangerous than the common flu which has a yearly death toll of about 20.000-50.000 people in the US ALONE!. All numbers taken from CDC data or WHO reports.

  • Reply Meaches Peaches March 7, 2020 at 5:23 am

    can they all be Hank, tho

    like, can all these vids please be Hank

  • Reply Andy Panda March 7, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Thank You, Hank. Hope many people catch this vid.

  • Reply Shannon T March 7, 2020 at 5:24 am

    So as of testing this week, yes, it is a pandemic.

  • Reply Dabuddah453 March 7, 2020 at 5:26 am

    China says its contained.

    Excuse me for not believing the totalitarian regime that has concentration camps.

  • Reply jake penefil March 7, 2020 at 5:27 am

    We should all just get infected on purpose and get it over with

  • Reply george tissot March 7, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Great presentation, puts reality about the virus into the right perspective. Keep up the great work. Knowledge is power.

  • Reply Wizard Clip Audio March 7, 2020 at 5:29 am

    Kung Flu is a better name than Covid19 all day.

  • Reply King Ericson March 7, 2020 at 5:30 am

    i got that good Purell hmu $50 a g

  • Reply seldomseen68 March 7, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Walks like a duck. Talks like a duck. Hum… it must be a dog.

  • Reply GF D March 7, 2020 at 5:33 am


  • Reply Wizard Clip Audio March 7, 2020 at 5:33 am

    I don’t think this guy even understands that the general public doesn’t trust or respect the World Health Organization as an entity in general.

  • Reply Griphter March 7, 2020 at 5:34 am

    The cases in china are NOT Slowing the chinese government is just not Reporting them anymore.

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