Dialysis patients, those with declining renal function, immunocompromised patients (such as those post-transplant), heart and lung patients, and those aged 65+ must exercise caution during the pandemic as COVID-19 can effect them more severely. Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all patients in these higher risk categories should avoid large crowds and non-essential air travel all while following additional precautionary protocol.
With your continued safety in mind, please review the following information to stay informed during this ongoing global health crisis.
General COVID-19 Information
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus Website
- World Health Organiation (WHO) Coronavirus Website
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
- CDC – Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
- United States Department of Health and Human Services – COVID-19 Care for Uninsured Individuals (English and Español)
- National Kidney Foundation (NKF) – Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine, What Kidney Patients Need to Know
Preparation for Renal Patients and Higher Risk Individuals
- CDC – Overview of Higher Risk Individuals
- NKF – COVID-19 What You Should Know
- NKF – Esté preparado: Preparación del Paciente Renal para el Coronavirus
- NKF – Clinical Digest – COVID-19 (For Medical Professionals)
COVID-19 Vaccination and Alport syndrome Treatment Medications
Dialysis and Transplant
- CDC: Considerations for COVID-19 vaccination in moderately and severely immunocompromised people (Updated February 22, 2022)
- American Journal of Transplantation – SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing for transplant recipients: A tool to personalize protection versus COVID-19 (February 4, 2022)
- American Society of Transplantation Statement on Oral Antiviral Therapy for COVID-19 for Organ Transplant Recipients (January 5, 2022)
- CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes New Long-Acting Monoclonal Antibodies for Pre-exposure Prevention of COVID-19 in Certain Individuals (December 8, 2021)
- American Society of Transplantation Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients (Updated: August 13, 2021)
- NKF Urges Kidney Patients to Continue Masking, Social Distancing (May 18, 2021)
- JAMA Network: Antibody Response to 2-Dose SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine Series in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients (May 5, 2021)
- NKF – Continue Dialysis Treatments During COVID-19 Outbreak
- NKF – Staying Safe During Dialysis and the COVID-19 Outbreak
- NKF – Transplant and Coronavirus
- COVID‐19 in pediatric kidney transplantation: The Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative
- National Vaccine Research Study for Transplant Recipients via Johns Hopkins
Hearing Loss During the Pandemic
With many offices and educational settings shifting to an online format, hearing loss can present unique challenges. If you are an employee or student, it is critical to share your hearing limitations with the host of the virtual content. Parents of younger children are strongly encouraged to contact the school or teacher to explain their child’s situation and learn what type of aid is available. ADA compliance officers, in academic and workplace settings, can provide detailed, location-specific information. Many individuals, out of fear of judgment, suffer in silence. This will only result in missing out on vital information and additional miscommunication in the future. In accepting your hearing loss, and making slight changes to your routine, you can remain positive and productive during and beyond this global health crisis.
- Accessibility Strategies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in Remote Meetings
- Captioning Options for Videoconferencing and Learning Management Systems
- COVID-19 and Hearing Loss (including Self-Advocacy and Hospital Tips)
- Hearing Loss in the Time of Coronavirus (Students and Employees)
- Managing Hearing Loss in the Time of COVID-19 (including Mask Tips, Closed Captioning)
Mental Health and Coping During the Pandemic
- CDC Suggestions
- Mental Health America COVID-19 Resources
- Coronavirus: Mental Health Coping Strategies
- How the COVID-19 Pandemic is affecting our Mental Health too
Coronavirus and Youth
- CDC – Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children.
Published COVID-19 Articles and Research
The urgent need to vaccinate dialysis patients against SARS-CoV-2: A call to action.
Francis, Anna. Kidney International, February 11, 2021.
Chronic kidney disease is a key risk factor for severe COVID-19: a call to action by the ERA-EDTA.
ERA-EDTA Council et al. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, January 2021.
COVID-19 outcomes for patients on immunosuppressive drugs on par with non-immunosuppressed patients, study finds.
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, January 7, 2021.
COVID-19-associated acute kidney injury: consensus report of the 25th Acute Disease Quality Initiative (ADQI) Workgroup.
Nadim et al. Nature Reviews Nephrology, October 15, 2020.
Acute Kidney Injury in COVID-19: Emerging Evidence of a Distinct Pathophysiology.
Batlle et al. JASN, July 2020.