The COVID-19 pandemic is accompanied by an #Infodemic, a spread of disinformation and misinformation making it difficult to find accurate life-saving information. Accurate information about COVID-19 such as on hygiene, physical distance, quarantine and prevention must reach everyone, including #indigenous peoples and language users. As #COVID19 spreads to vulnerable countries with high levels of poverty and malnutrition and other disadvantages affecting indigenous peoples, it is critical to join efforts and cooperate closely to ensure the sharing of correct life-saving information and resources about COVID-19 in lesser-used, minority and indigenous languages.
Languages matter during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they are an intrinsic part of human rights and fundamental freedoms of their users, including access to accurate life-saving information and healthcare.
We have created a collection of useful resources in relation to the role of languages in the context of the current COVID 19 Pandemic, available below. Statements, policy guidelines, public health messages and more material in indigenous languages are categorized according to UNESCO regions.