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Coronavirus and Local Languages: How do you say, "wash your hands"?
COVID-19 doesn't care what language you speak.
All of us are at risk. But millions of people who speak lesser-known languages don't have a single resource on COVID-19 yet. The information gap is enormous – and lives are at stake.
"Wash your hands" isn't enough to combat this pandemic, but it's already more than some communities are hearing. Below you can learn how to say it in 635 different languages and counting. You can also download our hand-washing posters to share in print or on social media.
Spread the word, not the virus.
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Help us translate key guidelines into as many languages as possible! See current translations of COVID-19 materials.



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English
Wash your hands
Mandarin Chinese
请洗手
Hindi
अपने हाथ धो लो
Spanish
Lávese las manos
French
Lavez-vous les mains
Standard Arabic
يرجى غسل يديك
Bengali
আপনার হাত ধোয়া
Russian
Помойте Ваши Руки
Portuguese
Lave as mãos
Indonesian
Cuci tangan Anda
Urdu
اپنے ہاتھ دھو لو
Standard German
Wasche deine Hände
Japanese
手を洗いなさい
Swahili
Nawa mikono
Marathi
तुमचे हात धुवा
Telugu
నీ చేతుల్ని కడుక్కో
Turkish
Ellerini yıka
Yue Chinese
洗手
Tamil
உங்களுடைய கைகளைக் கழுவுங்கள்
Wu Chinese
侬去汰手
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