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 

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.

Local support

View the support available in Brighton & Hove in your language.

The community hub can help with food, bills, shopping or wellbeing.

Telephone interpreters are available. Phone 01273 293 117 (select 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
  • Urdu

Alternative formats include: 

  • Easy Read
  • large print
  • British Sign Language  
  • audio files

Doctors of the World has COVID-19 information translated into 61 different languages, including how migrants can access NHS Health Services.

Find more Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine information on the Doctors of the World website.

The COVID-19 Infographics website has easy to understand graphics in a variety of languages to help summarise key points about COVID-19.


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 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

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).

Symptom-free testing

Public Health England has content in several languages that explain why it's important to get regular symptom-free tests.

They also have translated information about workplace testing


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 
  • Welsh

For local mental health support, the Community Roots website can be displayed in 80 languages.

Flu vaccination

GOV.UK has translated versions and alternative formats of leaflets and posters explaining why it's important to have the flu vaccination.

Roma communities

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 8 languages with information on 5 key topics: health, work, benefits, visas and immigration, and housing and homelessness
  • a telephone service providing information to callers in any language - phone 0800 464 3380, 10am to midday and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Find out more about Migrant’s rights to healthcare in England:

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