Older adults and those with underlying medical conditions are at a much higher risk for severe illness when infected, this includes individuals with CKD.
Individuals who are on dialysis or who have received a transplant will have weaker immune systems than the general population, which can leave them more vulnerable to infection. It is extremely important that those receiving dialysis continue to go to all of their dialysis treatments.
It is vital that patients with CKD communicate regularly with their doctors and continue with their prescribed treatments throughout the duration of the pandemic.
CKD patients should also take precautions to ensure they limit contact with individuals who could be sick.
If you find yourself with the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, aches and pains, tiredness, shortness of breath), call your primary healthcare provider and express that you believe you may have COVID-19, this will help them take care of you remotely and ensure you don’t potentially get others sick by coming in when it is not necessary. If your symptoms are not severe enough to require hospitalization, you will recover at home and keep in close contact with your healthcare providers to keep them updated on your condition.
Make sure both you and your primary caregiver keep an eye out for more severe symptoms that indicate a need for hospitalization, contact your doctor immediately if you experience the following:
More information can be found in the article "Year in Review: The COVID-19 Pandemic: Consequences for Nephrology", available to read here.