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.