COVID-19: Important information for patients and families in different languages

21st September 2020

Dr Sabrina Bajwah (Clinical Senior Lecturer, Cicely Saunders Institute) and a team of international respiratory and palliative care experts have developed factsheets jointly with patients and carers from across Europe to help manage the symptoms of COVID-19 in people admitted to hospital. The team worked with the European Lung Foundation to produce two versions of the factsheet – one directly for the patient and one for family and friends of the patient.

The factsheet explains what will happen once a person goes into hospital, how their symptoms will be managed and what will happen if they get put on a ventilator. The factsheet also explains the issues around contact and communication. This was drafted as part of an ERJ editorial highlighting the supportive care needs of COVID-19 patients.

Family and friends can download these factsheets from this page, or from the European Lung Foundation website  so they can understand more about what might happen. Doctors can also download these factsheets and add information about local support services in their own hospitals.

COVID-19 is affecting people from all over the world and appears to be having a worse impact on people from black and minority ethnic groups. Because of this, it is important that the information is accessible to as many people as possible. Thanks to many kind volunteers, the factsheet is available in a wide range of languages. Direct links to these versions are below.

Dr Bajwah said:

At the height of the pandemic and recognising the disproportionate impact on the BAME community, we worked with the European Lung Foundation and PPI from across Europe to develop the factsheet and then translate into 24 different languages. The non-English versions have been downloaded over 2000 times by different patients, carers and institutions worldwide.

Patient version

Download the factsheet for patients in: 

Families/friends version

Download the factsheet for families/friends in: