Unfortunately, with the new world that is VR comes the reality that medical emergencies can happen when someone is using a VR headset/suit, while people might be there to witness it. With the way VR tracks people’s movement/body this can result in very frightening scenarios.
The problem is that with the nature of anonymity that comes with VR, this presents a big problem where people might need to get help for someone but are unable to get a hold of anyone. I think it would therefore be a really good idea to implement some sort of emergency call system for these kind of scenarios. Where admins/mods can be notified quickly and perhaps somehow get help for the person in a more timely fashion (but also has serious consequences for anyone abusing this system).
For example, there are a couple of videos out there (e.g. Wikstream and Rogue Shadow) where people are having a seizure in VR chat (Luckily they were alright) and the people around them were unable to do anything. In one of the cases it took an hour to get an admin in to help with the situation while this person was struggling the entire time with everyone watching on helplessly.
I shudder to think of the day someone will die while using VR and people are there to witness it. I think that would be very traumatizing, especially when the person might have survived if there was a way to get help to them faster.
It’s not something I ever thought of before (since before you just wouldn’t know if someone was having an emergency at all or not as visually at the very least) but VR is going to make everything more real, including the bad stuff. This is part of that new reality that I feel needs to be addressed by all online VR developers.