First aid is often a critical part of the management of injuries and sudden illness.
Despite the current concerns about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and the
focus on the prevention of its spread and treatment, injuries and illnesses unrelated
to coronavirus still occur. The delivery of prompt first aid management may prevent
an additional burden on the health system by managing simple injuries or illnesses
on site rather than calling for an ambulance or taking the casualty to hospital. It may
also prevent the unnecessary exposure of the casualty to the virus.
Serious injuries and illness will, however, still require medical care and the assessment
and treatment of such individuals should not be delayed because of fear of COVID-19.