Last updated: November 13, 2020.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is “an ongoing outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus […] (abbreviated ‘COVID-19’). […] On March 11, WHO publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. On March 13, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency.”
This blog post contains fact sheets, posters, multimedia resources, and links to live updates in multiple languages about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how to prevent it. Key CDC resources are listed first, followed by materials from other sources organized by type (sources include federal, state, and local government agencies, and selected nonprofit organizations).
Key COVID-19 Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC has developed the landing page Resources for Refugee Resettlement Service Providers. This page compiles links to existing CDC COVID-19 guidance and other resources that may be useful when service providers interact with clients in a variety of settings — for example, at home, at school, in a doctor’s office, or at work.
Also available is the CDC’s Communication Toolkit For Migrants, Refugees, and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations. Multilingual resources are available on a wide range of topics, including:
- Welcome booklet for refugees
- Stop the spread of germs
- What to do if you are sick
- Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019
- What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others
- 10 things you can do to manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home
- Guidance for large or extended families living in the same household
- Please wear a mask
- How to safely wear and take off a cloth face covering
Available languages include Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, Chuukese, Dari, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Kunama, Lao, Malay, Marshallese, Nepali, Oromo, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian (Bosnia), Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Tongan, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and Yiddish. Not all materials are available in all languages. Materials in new languages are continually being added and updated; visit the link above for the latest translations.
Service providers may also be interested in the CDC guidance documents COVID-19 in Newly Resettled Refugee Populations and COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups. Additional live updates from the CDC are available via the Coronavirus Resource Center.
- Social Distancing Guidelines and Cloth Face Mask Guidelines
The IRC in Salt Lake City and The IRC in Tucson
These illustrated fact sheets are available in Arabic, English, French, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Nepali, and Spanish. To download, login or register for a Switchboard account.
- COVID-19: Understanding Guidance and Rules and Resettling to the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), 2020
Available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Kinyarwanda, Russian, and Swahili. Same content also available as podcasts; see Videos and other Multimedia Resources, below.
- Know Your Rights
Includes facts about employment protections, accessing healthcare, housing rights, and more. Available in Arabic, Farsi, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili.
- Multiple Fact Sheets: Novel coronavirus | How can I be prepared for a COVID-19 outbreak? | What does staying at home mean? | For childcare providers | For families caregiving for loved ones | and more…
Washington State Department of Health, 2020
Languages include Arabic, Bangla (Bengali), Burmese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dari, English, Farsi, French, Hakha Chin, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Marshallese, Punjabi, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Ukranian, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Not all materials available in all languages.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019: Key Messages
Minnesota Department of Health, 2020
Available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Dari, English, French, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Nepali, Oromo, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020
Available in Acholi, Arabic, English, French, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Kirundi, Lingala, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese.
- Be a Germ-Buster…Wash Your Hands!
Washington State Department of Health, 2015
This poster provides a basic pictorial explanation of how to wash your hands. Available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Cambodian, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
- Hand Washing
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2018
Developed during the Ebola outbreak, this poster illustrates six steps for effective hand washing. Available in English, French, Kinande, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili.
- Stop Germs, Stay Healthy!
King County, WA Health Department, 2008
This poster provides steps for correctly washing your hands and preventing the spread of germs. Available in Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Nepali, Oromo, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
- Multiple Flyers: COVID-19 information flyer | COVID-19 symptoms | For households living in close quarters | For high-risk, serious illness individuals | Steps to prevent spread | and more…
City of Austin, TX, 2020
Posters are available in Arabic, Burmese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
- Multiple Flyers: Physical Distancing | Handwashing | Cloth Face Coverings | Cleaning | Reduce Your Risk of COVID-19 Outside the Home | and more…
LA County Department of Public Health, 2020
Posters available in Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
- 10 Ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 2020
This poster provides tips on how to manage respiratory symptoms at home with illustrations. Available in Amharic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, English, Falam Chin, Farsi, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hakha (Lai) Chin, Hindi, Jarai, Karen, Kayah, Kinyamulenge, Korean, Laotian, Mizo Chin, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Rhade, Rohingya, Russian, Sango, Serbian (Cirilica), Serbian (Latin), Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swahili (Congo), Tedim Chin, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Videos & Other Multimedia Resources
- How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19
Church World Service (CWS), 2020
These 3- to 15-minute videos are spoken in Arabic, Burmese, English, French, Farsi (Dari), Kinyarwanda, Nepalese, Rohingya, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili.
- COVID-19: How to protect yourself and stop the spread of the virus
- Cultural Orientation Resource Center (CORE), 2020
These 3- to 4-minute animated videos are spoken and subtitled in: Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya and Ukrainian.
- COVID-19: Understanding Guidance and Rules and Resettling to the United States during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Cultural Orientation Resource Center (CORE), 2020
These two audio podcasts are available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Kinyarwanda, Russian, and Swahili.
- Coronavirus Message
ValleyWise Health Medical Center, 2020
These 5-minute videos are spoken in a range of languages and include visual aids: Arabic, Burmese, English, French, Karen, Kirundi, Maay Maay, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili.
- How to Wash Your Hands and Cleaning Hands with Hand Sanitizer
Minnesota Department of Health, 2020
How to Wash Your Hands is a short video spoken in a range of languages, with in-language subtitles: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, English (Described Audio), Hmong, Karen, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. All videos are accompanied by transcripts. Cleaning Hands with Hand Sanitizer is a short video spoken in a range of languages, with in-language subtitles: Amharic, ASL, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
- What is Coronavirus? and How to Stop Coronavirus from Spreading
Lutheran Family Services Nebraska, 2020
These 3-minute videos are spoken in a range of languages using CDC scripts. The videos are produced by Lutheran Family Services Nebraska in partnership with Restoring Dignity and Global Language Solutions, a translation and interpretation service for refugee-spoken languages. Available in Arabic (Middle Eastern dialect), Arabic (Sudanese dialect), Burmese, English, Karen, Karenni, Kiswahili, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Nepali, Nuer, Pashto, Somali, Spanish, and Zomi.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19), COVID-19 Symptom/Exposure Response, Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19, and Fake News and Scams, COVID-19
The Refugee Response, 2020
This is a series of 2- to 3-minute animated videos spoken in a range of languages. The videos are produced by The Refugee Response in partnership with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland Migration and Refugee Service and the Ohio Department of Health. Available in Arabic (Middle Eastern dialect), Arabic (Sudanese dialect), Arkanese, Burmese, Dari, English, French, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kiswahili, Kurdish-Kurmanji, Sorani Kurdish, Nepali, Pashto, Rohingya, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Ukranian, and Vietnamese.
- Information on COVID-19
Vermont Department of Health and Community Partners, 2020
This is a series of 1- to 2-minute videos spoken in a range of languages and providing basic information on COVID-19, with selected 7- to 10-minute videos offering more detailed information. They are shared by the Vermont Department of Health and created by the Spectrum Multicultural Youth Program, Howard Center, and other Burlington, VT community members. Available in Arabic (basic), Arabic (detailed), Bosnian, Dinka (basic ), Dinka (detailed), French (basic), French (detailed), Kirundi, Lingala, Nepali (basic), Nepali (detailed), Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Vietnamese (basic), Vietnamese (detailed).
- COVID-19 Information
City of Lewiston, ME, 2020
The city of Lewiston, ME has produced a 10-minute video of COVID-19 information with audio in Arabic, English, Haitian Creole, French, Kirundi, Maay Maay, Portuguese, Somali, and Spanish. The audio is accompanied by a slide show with visual aids in English.
- Introductory Video & Self-paced e-Learning Courses on Coronavirus
World Health Organization (WHO), 2020
This is five-minute introductory video provides an overview of COVID-19 in English. Captions are available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Deutsch, Farsi, French, Simplified Chinese, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Indian Sign Language, Indonesian, Macedonian, Odia, Persian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Tetun, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. To access multi-lingual versions, create a free OpenWHO account. These videos are embedded in 3-hour long self-paced e-learning courses that may also be completed in each language listed above. Also available: WHO Academy and WHO Info mobile apps in Arabic, English, Simplified Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.
- Information on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
World Health Organization (WHO), 2020
On this website, you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19. This page provides daily updates in English, French, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Russian, and Spanish.
- COVID-19 Overview
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor
This website, from OSHA at the Department of Labor, addresses COVID-19 concerns related to occupational safety and health. Available in English and Spanish.
- USCIS Response to Coronavirus
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, 2020
This page summarizes updates related to rescheduling appointments, requests for evidence, oath ceremonies, and more. Available in English and Spanish.
- COVID-19 Crisis Response Website
EMBARC Iowa, 2020
EMBARC Iowa has produced a multilingual COVID-19 Crisis Response website. It includes daily news updates in Burmese, Hakha-Chin, Mizo-Chin, English, French, Karen, Karenni, Kirundi, Kunama, Lingala, and Swahili.
- New! COVID Multilingual Resource Hub
UCLA Institute of American Cultures, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and UCLA Asian American Studies Center
This resource hub includes written materials and videos on a variety of topics related to COVID-19 in languages such as Vietnamese, Swahili, Somali, Hmong, Spanish, Chinese, Chukese, and more.
- New! COVID-19 Information in Indigenous, Endangered, and Under-Resourced Languages
Endangered Languages Project
This website contains resources sourced from governments, NGOs, and public health organizations in hundreds of endangered languages.
- New! Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) In-Language Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
This community library contains COVID-19 resources and information in 43 languages common in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.