Covid-19 information in different languages and alternative formats
This page contains links to local and national information about Covid-19 that is easy to read and translated into other languages. Please share the information with others in the community who may find it useful.
Local information and support
Covid-19 guidelines change regularly. Every week we share the latest update and advice in English.
- View translations of the updates.
- You can also translate the pages on this website from English into your chosen language.
The community hub can help with food, bills, shopping or wellbeing.
- Phone interpreters are available. Call 01273 293 117 (option 2) Monday to Friday, 10am to 4.30pm
- See the support available from the community hub in BSL
- Register with the Signlive Community Directory
DeafCOG can support D/deaf people who need BSL or help with communication. Volunteers can support Deaf people who don’t have people local to you that can sign or you are feeling lonely, worried or need someone to talk to.
Sussex Interpreting Services has information about Covid-19 in many languages and they can offer language support.
Speakout Brighton & Hove has Easy Read information on the coronavirus pandemic.
National public health advice
Public Health England (PHE) has advice on: Hands. Face. Space. guidance, symptoms, NHS Test and Trace, and the NHS Covid-19 smartphone app
- Translations include: Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi India, Punjabi Pakistan, Simplified Chinese, Slovakian, Somali and Urdu.
- Alternative formats include: Easy Read, large print, BSL and audio files.
Doctors of the World has Covid-19 information translated into 61 different languages, including how migrants can access NHS Health Services.
The Covid-19 Infographics website has easy to understand graphics in a variety of languages to help summarise key points about Covid-19.
England's Covid tier system
GOV.UK guidance on England's three tier local restrictions available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Slovak, Somali, Urdu and Welsh as well as large print and easy read.
Christmas support bubbles and other changes
The government is changing some social contact restrictions between 23 and 27 December.
GOV.UK guidance on Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family in Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Pakistani-Punjabi, Panjabi, Slovak, Somali, Urdu and Welsh, as well as large print and easy read.
GOV.UK has updated guidance on social distancing available in: Welsh, Urdu, Turkish, Somali, Romanian, Punjabi (PK), Polish, Gujarati, Chinese, Bengali, Arabic as well as Easy Read.
Hands. Face. Space
Washing your hands, covering your face and making space can help slow the spread of Covid-19.
- Public Health England has content in several languages and alternative formats that explain why it's important to follow the 'Hands. Face. Space' guidelines.
The main symptoms of Covid-19 are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a change to your sense of smell or taste.
- Public Health England has information about symptoms available in different languages and alternative formats.
NHS Covid-19 smartphone app
The NHS Covid-19 smartphone app helps control the spread of Covid-19.
- Download information and resources on the Covid-19 app in Arabic, Bengali, Bilingual, Chinese, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.
- Download information and resources about the app in alternative formats.
- Watch short videos explaining how the app works in a number of languages and BSL (more languages are being added).
NHS Test and Trace
Test and Trace is very important to stop Covid-19 spreading.
- Public Health England has advice about testing, self-isolating, and being contacted by NHS Test and Trace available in many languages and alternative formats.
Information about getting back to school safely is available from Public Health England.
- Read leaflets containing translated information on early years, primary and secondary age.
Mental health advice
Information about mental health advice has been translated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It is available in: Arabic , Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Pashto, Farsi, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.
For local mental health support, the Community Roots website can be displayed in 80 languages.
GOV.UK has translated versions and alternative formats of leaflets and posters explaining why it's important to have the flu vaccination.
- Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why
- Flu vaccination for children: leaflets and posters
The Roma Support Group has a variety of resources for Roma communities on its website.
Migrant information service
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has set up the Covid-19 Migrant Information Service which includes:
- a multilingual website available in eight languages with information on five key topics: health, work, benefits, visas and immigration, and housing & homelessness
- a telephone service providing information to callers in any language. Call 0800 464 3380 (10am to 12noon and 2 to 4pm, Monday to Friday)
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