Why are kidney patients categorized 'high risk' during Covid19 pandemic?


Patients with kidney diseases, especially ones who had transplants, are generally put on anti-rejection medicines (also known as immunosuppressive medicines).

While these medicines are required to treat the particular renal problems, it makes the immune system of the body weaker.

People on dialysis also have weaker immune systems, making it harder to fight infections.

Hence, the body is more prone to catching any infection or susceptible to a viral attack like Covid19. Also, once attacked, the overall viral load tends to increase for these patients due to their pre-existing conditions.

So, despite Covid19 usually attacks the lungs, for people with kidney issues it can become a defining factor causing complete renal failure.

If you have any kind of pre-existing kidney problems, do not stop medication or miss your dialysis dates. Kidney patients need to continue with their regularly scheduled dialysis treatments and to take necessary precautions as recommended by their doctors.

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