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Update for Feb 8
State of COVID-19 in the US
- COVID-19's public health emergency is coming to an end. What that means for you.
- Evusheld lost Emergency Use Authorization. Why it lost effectiveness and what you can do.
- COVID-19 public health emergency status extended. Here's the new dates.
- The US COVID-19 Winter Preparedness Plan has been updated. Get the latest.
- Repeat COVID-19 infections increase the risk of hospitalization and death with each new reinfection. Understand the data.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people had their high blood pressure under control. Understand your blood pressure.
- Wearing N95 face masks strongly recommended for immunocompromised people and those on dialysis. Where to get N95 masks.
- Volunteers needed for new research on the prevention and treatment of long COVID. Find a study near you.
- Updated CDC guidance summary for a safe Halloween. Understand the guidance.
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.
- 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
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