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COVID-19 advice and symptoms translated into seven languages

Kimberley Stephens

Author: Iris Bas
Brand Marketer, LanguageWire

Covid-19 advice and symptoms translation

We’ve gathered advice and symptoms listed by the Worldwide Health Organisation (WHO) and translated them into seven languages to help your communication.

The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has created an unprecedented situation that affects all citizens of the world. We learn something new every day about the disease and communication is key to help slow its spread. To help your communication efforts, we’ve gathered advice and symptoms listed by the Worldwide Health Organisation (WHO) and translated them into seven languages.

Essential protection advice against COVID-19

Source: WHO – Advice for the public (27-03-2019)

1. Wash your hands frequently

  • Danish: Vask dine hænder tit
  • German: Waschen Sie oft Ihre Hände
  • Spanish: Lávate las manos a menudo
  • French: Se laver fréquemment les mains
  • Dutch: Was je handen regelmatig
  • Norwegian: Vask hendene ofte
  • Swedish: Tvätta händerna ofta
Wash your hands frequently

2. Maintain social distancing

  • Danish: Hold afstand og begræns fysisk kontakt
  • German: Meiden Sie Menschenmengen und halten Sie Abstand
  • Spanish: Mantén las distancias entre personas
  • French: Éviter les contacts proches
  • Dutch: Houd voldoende afstand van elkaar
  • Norwegian: Følg råd om sosial distansering
  • Swedish: Håll säkerhetsavstånd till andra människor
Social distancing

3. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose

  • Danish: Undgå at røre ved dine øjne, mund og næse
  • German: Augen, Mund und Nase nicht berühren
  • Spanish: Evita tocarte los ojos, la nariz y la boca
  • French: Éviter de se toucher les yeux, le nez et la bouche
  • Dutch: Raak je neus, mond en ogen zo weinig mogelijk aan
  • Norwegian: Unngå å røre øyne, munn og nese
  • Swedish: Undvik att röra vid ögon, mun och näsa
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose

4. Practice respiratory hygiene

  • Danish: Host eller nys i ærmet- ikke i dine hænder
  • German: Nies- und Hustenetikette beachten
  • Spanish: Adopta medidas de higiene respiratoria
  • French: Respecter les règles d’hygiène respiratoire
  • Dutch: Zorg voor een goede hoest- en nieshygiëne
  • Norwegian: Host i albukroken eller papirlommetørkle
  • Swedish: Upprätthåll god andningshygien
Respiratory higyene

5. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

  • Danish: Sørg for at holde dig opdateret, og følg rådene fra sundhedsmyndighederne
  • German: Bleiben Sie auf dem Laufenden und folgen Sie dem Rat Ihres Arztes
  • Spanish: Mantente informado y sigue las recomendaciones de los profesionales sanitarios
  • French: Tenez-vous informé et suivez les conseils de votre médecin
  • Dutch: Blijf op de hoogte van de nieuwste ontwikkelingen en volg steeds het advies van je dokter
  • Norwegian: Hold deg oppdatert på de seneste rådene fra helsemyndighetene
  • Swedish: Håll dig uppdaterad och följ rekommendationerna från Folkhälsomyndigheten och 1177 Vårdguiden
Stay informed

COVID-19 main symptoms

According to the World Health Organisation, key symptoms of COVID-19 are “fever, cough and difficulty breathing.”

1. Fever

  • Danish: Feber
  • German: Fieber
  • Spanish: Fiebre
  • French: Fièvre
  • Dutch: Koorts
  • Norwegian: Feber
  • Swedish: Feber

2. Cough

  • Danish: Hoste
  • German: Husten
  • Spanish: Tos
  • French: Toux
  • Dutch: Hoesten
  • Norwegian: Hoste
  • Swedish: Hosta

3. Difficulty breathing

  • Danish: Vejrtrækningsproblemer
  • German: Atembeschwerden
  • Spanish: Dificultad para respirar
  • French: Difficultés à respirer
  • Dutch: Ademhalingsmoeilijkheden
  • Norwegian: Vanskeligheter med å puste
  • Swedish: Andningsbesvär
Difficulty breathing

The World Health Organisation recommends: People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical attention early and call in advance, always following the directions of your local health authority.

Take care of each other by staying at home

For us at LanguageWire this also means working from home, which is something we are fortunately well prepared for. We use tools like Basecamp, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, Trello, Adobe Cloud and our own platform to collaborate remotely.

Here are some tips we are following at LanguageWire while working at home:

  • Create a pleasant workplace in your home, ideally with plants, comfortable seating and a view out of a window
  • Stick to your old work routine (start time, coffee break, lunchtime, etc.) as much as possible
  • Take breaks to stretch or get some fresh air, through the window or on the balcony if you can’t get out
  • Have your camera on when communicating with your team online
  • Do home exercise such as yoga, stretching or dancing to your favourite music
  • Have virtual social breaks with colleagues and friends

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