COVID-19 disease has raised some clinically important issues of pathophysiology. Amongst these is the association with sepsis. Awareness about sepsis, and its association with chronic wounds, has increased considerably amongst healthcare professionals in recent years, to the degree that the condition should not go unrecognised through want of education (White and Witts, 2015; White et al, 2016, Daniels, 2018). Now that we are in the throes of a COVID-19 pandemic, with high rates of morbidity and mortality, an important link with sepsis has been reported (Alhazzani et al, 2020; Hui et al, 2020). What is happening to bring this about and, what does it mean for healthcare professionals?