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A Round-Up of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19

Last updated: September 3, 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 PopulationsMultilingual 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.

Fact Sheets

Posters

Videos & Other Multimedia Resources

Live Updates

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9 thoughts on “A Round-Up of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19”

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    Rachael Cunningham

    Do you have any resources in Creole and Swahili? The school districts I work with do not, and I would love to send this resource to the newcomer families that I work with. Thank you!

    1. Meg Gibbon

      Hello Rachael! Thank you for your question. We’ve updated the post above with Swahili language resources.
      3/20/2020 Update: We have added a resource in Haitian Creole above.

      If others are looking for specific languages, feel free to comment here or email Switchboard@Rescue.org.

    1. Meg Gibbon

      Hello Jennifer! Thank you for your comment. Karen resources are available above and we have now added a resource in Pashto.
      3/26/20 Update: Resources in Nuer and Karenni are now available, with thanks to Jennifer at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska!

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