We’re here to listen and support you during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find answers to the most common questions and stay informed about the latest coronavirus developments.
Update for August 15
State of COVID-19 in the US
- Is it time for your booster? Find out now.
- The pandemic impacted treatment decision-making for older patients with kidney disease. Understand what has changed.
- Fewer people tried to quit smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic. How smoking leads to kidney disease.
- Evusheld prevents serious Covid-19 symptoms and death in immunocompromised adults. Learn about Evusheld.
- High blood pressure may double the risk of severe COVID, even in people who are fully vaccinated. Understand your risk.
- Smoking, vaping linked to higher risk of severe COVID-19 complications, including death. What you should know.
- FDA grants Paxlovid Emergency Use Authorization with certain limitations of use. Learn about Paxlovid here.
- Immunocompromised people face a higher risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Here's our digest.
- Omicron subvariants are surging in the US. Here's what to do.
Health Guidance for Kidney Patients
- Dialysis: Keep your appointments and do not miss any treatments. If you have complaints about the care provided at your center, contact the ESRD National Coordinating Center or call them.
- Transplant: If you have a kidney transplant, it is important to remember to keep taking your anti-rejection medicines, maintain good hygiene and follow the recommendations from your healthcare team.
- Masks: Keep wearing N95 masks, especially indoors when near other people, and continue to social distance and wash your hands often.
- Vaccinations: Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots, and other recommended vaccines, including a yearly flu shot. NKF strongly recommends that ALL kidney patients follow the current CDC guidelines for immunocompromised people.
- Evusheld: A preventive treatment that has been granted emergency use authorization. Ask your doctor if preventive treatment with Evusheld is right for you. More on Evusheld.
- At home: Stock up on supplies, including paper goods, cleaners, food, and water. During an outbreak in your area, stay home as much as possible.
- Travel: The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.
by Michael Phillips, transplant recipient and Kidney Advocacy Committee member
by Haley Jensen, kidney transplant recipient and NKF patient advocate
by Elizabeth Fortune, freelance writer and ESRD patient
by Risa Simon, NKF Advocate, Peer Mentor, and Inspirational Author
by Fiona McKinney, Kidney Patient and Kidney Advocacy Committee Member
by Torie Kranze, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana
by Melissa Bensouda, Kidney Patient and NKF Kidney Advocacy Committee Member
by Maryann Starick, kidney transplant patient
by Risa Simon, NKF patient advocate, and Michael Stevenson, NKF National Board Member and patient advocate.
by Jim Myers and Mary Baliker, kidney transplant recipients and advocates