COVID-19 / Coronavirus Resources for Refugees

August 13, 2020

Coronavirus, and the disease it causes (COVID-19) is a novel virus that spreads very quickly from person to person, meaning that humans have not built any immunity to it, which is what makes it so dangerous. It can be deadly for immune compromised people. Immigrants and refugees need specific multilingual resources to get the word out to their communities on why it’s important to follow all the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control to limit the spread of COVID-19.

It is recommended that organizations do not proactively reach out or raise the real or potential links between refugees and COVID-19. This is because making the link (even if to dispute it) can inadvertently reinforce the connection in people’s minds. This is especially true in a time of increasing fear and xenophobia. We recommend reviewing this messaging guide and the Families Belong Together messaging guide. Here are some resources for emergency preparedness and response:

Emergency Preparedness and Response

National Council on Aging

Working to Stop Racism and Xenophobia

Public Health Graphics

  • Social Media Graphics (multiple languages): Graphics on how to stop the spread of germs are available here across multiple languages.
  • International Rescue Committee Graphics: Graphics on COVID-19 and Coronavirus are available here across multiple languages.
  • Wash Your Hands and Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands posters created by the CDC in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Bengali, Urdu and Chinese. 
  • Wash Your Hands poster translated into 11 languages with visuals on proper handwashing.

Know Your Rights

COVID-19 Videos for Refugees

Immigrants and COVID-19

Tracking Coronavirus

  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE: Click here for an interactive web-based dashboard to track COVID-19 in real time.
  • World Aware information with global risk intelligence alerts, travel restrictions, airline restrictions, and other information about COVID-19.

Community Sponsorship

  • Community Sponsor Tool Kit: Click here for resources to help volunteers remain active and engaged with refugees, albeit remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic. The toolkit also contains educational resources for community sponsors on refugee-related issues.


Census Materials Will Arrive Soon!

  • A letter will arrive at your address with a code that will allow you to complete the census at  DON’T THROW AWAY THE CENSUS!