Coronavirus 101: “Learning where there is no internet”

If you are anything like us, you have spent a lot of time scouring the web following the latest news on COVID-19, the new strain of the Coronavirus.  But what if you didn’t have access to the web? Or, a computer at home? Or, a newspaper.

Count yourself lucky! Because almost 4 billion people lack access to the internet, most (but not all) living in developing countries.  They, like us, are vulnerable to COVID-19, but lack access to information about the disease.  What is it? How is it spread?  How do I protect myself against the virus?  How do I protect others in my community?

That’s why we developed a Coronavirus course that is delivered through text messaging, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.  Using the Arist platform, the free, 9-day course is designed to address the needs of learners in the developing world.

Registering to take the course is easy. Open WhatsApp and send the code for the language you prefer to the number below.

ENGLISH – Text 1001 to +1 415-915-7741
SPANISH – Envía 1011 al +1 415-915-7741
FRENCH – Textez 1021 au +1415-915-7741
SWAHILI – Text 1041 to +1 415-915-7741
KINYARWANDA – Text 1051 to +1 415-915-7741
BANGLA – Text 1061 to +1 415-915-7741
HINDI – Text 1071 to +1 415-915-7741
HAUSA – 1091

أرسل 1031 إلى +1 415-915-7741

While internet connectivity lags in developing world, penetration rates for mobile subscriptions exceed 98 percent.  Even in the least-developed nations, the International Telecommunications Union estimates penetration is at 70.4 percent and rising.

You can learn more about the course (and sign up to participate in the course via text message) by visiting  We would like to enthusiastically acknowledge and effusively thank Translators Without Borders for their work translating content and Arist for this incredible learning platform.

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