Bystanders are the key to survival in cases of cardiac arrest. But some people may be less willing to respond to an emergency because of the risk factors associated with the coronavirus crisis.
According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, chest compressions on a person who has COVID-19 may potentially spread the virus. But bystander CPR is still needed to save lives, especially given slower emergency response times due to the health crisis and other social issues.
Although there may be additional bystander risks during COVID-19, the guidelines remain the same. If you’re willing and able to provide CPR, then you should.
Always call 911 and get help on the way as soon as possible. If you’re in a public setting and willing to provide care, consider performing compression-only CPR and use the available AED. Currently, AED use isn’t believed to increase the risk of spreading the virus in the air.
The chances are much higher that you’ll need to provide lifesaving care to someone within your home. So, now is a great time to learn CPR and be prepared for other emergencies. Contact your local Training Center for classes in your area. Or consider signing up for a remote class that allows you to train from the comfort of your own home.
For more detailed information, check out the HSI Emergency Care blog.