• If you need to perform CPR this is a medical emergency, the priority is CPR
  • The sooner we start CPR and get an AED the greater the chance of our casualty surviving.
  • Here are some changes to make if you suspect Covid-19

Watch the UK Resuscitation Council video on safe CPR

  • Look across the body for signs of breathing, if you suspect COVID-19, check for signs of breathing from the chest and tummy
  • Ring 999 if you see no signs of breathing.
  • After giving 999 the details tell them you suspect COVID-19
  • Place a towel/cloth over the casualties face and nose and start chest compressions: deep and fast, 2 compressions per second. If you have access to help from another person get an AED as quickly as possible
  • Keep performing chest compressions and follow instructions on the AED if you have one. If you are not on your own swap over first aiders every 2 minutes to keep the chest compression strong and fast until the paramedics advise you to stop.

For more information go to  UK Resuscitation guidelines for dealing with a casualty with Coronavirus.


The Resuscitation Council (UK) advises both medics and laypeople on emergency care. ‘The Resuscitation Council (UK) exists to promote high-quality, scientific, resuscitation guidelines that are applicable to everybody, and to contribute to saving life through education, training, research and collaboration. ‘