10 Eye-Opening Videos That'll Help You Make Sense of the Pandemic

These videos help you get a better grasp of what's happening.


(SPOT.ph) Ignorance may be bliss but knowledge and wisdom are your best weapons; which words you choose to live by is up to you. We’re sure a lot of you—us included—didn’t think they’d be living during the time of such a large-scale pandemic, so if you’d like to better understand what's going on in the world, we round up a few videos to help you out. From global perspectives, local views, to videos covering the numbers and medical aspects and more, you may want to give these videos about the COVID-19 pandemic a watch.

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These videos are here to help you understand the COVID-19 pandemic:

“The next outbreak? We’re not ready” by Bill Gates (TED Talks)


We rewind to five years ago: Bill Gates, the billionaire philanthropist behind Microsoft, talks about how the world is not ready for another outbreak in the context of the Ebola disease in 2014 and the H1N1 pandemic of 2009. “If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war,” warned Gates in this 2015 TED Talk.

“The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do” by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

This animated explainer video is a great first step towards understanding the medical aspects of the disease and how it affects the world around us. Understand how the SARS-CoV-2 virus wreaks havoc on the human body, how social distancing is our best bet against the spread of COVID-19, and a general view of the pandemic courtesy of the ever-dependable knowledge channel Kurzgesagt.

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“Filipino Covid-19 survivor tells his story of coronavirus infection and recovery” by the South China Morning Post

Carlo Navarro was the first Filipino to test positive for COVID-19 in the country. He was patient number four. Thankfully, Navarro made a full recovery and in this video, he describes the experience. From his time spent isolating in a negative pressure room to the fears he felt, Navarro allows a small peek into what it’s like to go through COVID-19 in the Philippines.

Coronavirus is not the flu. It's worse.” by Vox

The COVID-19 disease has been downplayed a lot thanks to its similarity to the flu—a different disease that, though has similar symptoms, has a different infection and mortality rate. In this Vox video, they go into what makes COVID-19 different from the flu. It’s the perfect link to send to anyone who still doesn’t understand the severity of the situation. Vox also has several other videos on the pandemic worth checking out: from explaining the connection between the wildlife trade in China to why soap is the best weapon against the virus. 


“What Actually Happens If You Get Coronavirus?” By AsapSCIENCE

Take a closer look into what happens to the human body when it becomes infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and what happens when the disease becomes severe. Through friendly-ish looking doodles and an easy-to-understand explanation, AsapScience lays the usually heavy medical data behind the virus down in bite-sized pieces.

What This Chart Actually Means for COVID-19” by It’s Okay To Be Smart

The term “flatten the curve” has been thrown around a lot recently, but the exact meaning may not have gotten through. It may take a math lesson on exponential growth—presented in this video through less frightening-looking lily pads—but at least you’ll have a much firmer grasp on the concept. Flattening the curve, or just plain slowing the spread of the disease, looks to be the best answer we currently have to the pandemic, and this video explains why.

“Grocery Shopping Around the World During Quarantine” by Cut

Countries around the world have issued their own response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The quarantine measures taken may be quite similar but different people from across the globe are sure to be experiencing it differently. Check out how folks around the globe are doing what is considered as the most brave deed ordinary people can do today: grocery shopping. From the Philippines to Denmark, Cut’s video lets you in on how it’s done.

“China Is Censoring Coronavirus Stories. These Citizens Are Fighting Back.” by the New York Times


The COVID-19 disease was first reported in Wuhan, China—a country that has always been criticized for its stringent censorship policies and has once again become controversial for allegedly keeping information from the public. The New York Times speaks to several Chinese citizens who are pushing against the reported suppression in this video, offering a picture different from the one currently being painted.

“How Coronavirus Quarantines Lead To A Drop In Air Pollution” by CNBC

It can’t be denied that the environment has somehow benefited from quarantines implemented across the world—but this video asks just how long will this “silver lining” really last? The U.S.-based business news channels speak to several experts on how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the way we live, and most importantly, the fight against climate change in the long-run.

“Doctors Around the World Explain What It's Like to Battle Coronavirus” by Vice News

To even begin to imagine what it must be like to be a medical frontliner right now seems difficult—making this video of doctors from around the globe is a must-watch. Vice News interviewed medical doctors from five countries, namely Italy, U.K., U.S., Belgium, and South Korea and asked them to share what it’s like to fight a pandemic amid possible stigma, a shortage of necessary equipment, and the risk of being infected themselves.


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