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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your kidneys

The latest advice from the Australian Government for people living with CKD and/or immunosuppressed (including transplants) and/or on dialysis.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your kidneys

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a disease caused by a virus that began spreading in people in December 2019. People with kidney disease should be aware that, just like with the flu, they are at a higher risk of severe symptoms and complications from coronavirus. For more information head to the Australian Government Department of Health website or the World Health Organisation website.

Does long COVID affect the kidneys?

Infection with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can result in kidney damage and it is important to include a Kidney Health Check in post COVID-19 care. The mechanisms by which infection causes kidney disease are complex and our understanding of long COVID-19 is still evolving. However, it appears that an acute COVID-19 infection can impact the kidney through being generally unwell, such as with fevers and respiratory symptoms, and/or worsening blood sugar control (worsening diabetes or prompting a new diagnosis of diabetes). Kidney disease in long COVID-19 may be an extension of the acute issue or may be related to other factors such as vascular disease or small clots. The best way to assess kidney function and monitor is to undertake a Kidney Health Check which includes getting your blood pressure measured, having a blood test for kidney function and a urine test to assess if there is leaking protein. There are strategies that help manage kidney disease and prevent progression.

Updated 20 December 2022

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COVID-19 Vaccine

For people living with kidney disease, such as those on dialysis or living with a transplant, the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risks. Speak with your treating doctor about the COVID-19 vaccine and what will be best for your health. For information regarding vaccine availability and eligibility, we recommend you check the Australian Government website for up-to-date information.

Even with vaccination, physical distancing, wearing masks and safe hand hygiene continue to be very important measures to protect from COVID-19.

Read more about the need for vaccination for people with kidney disease, read the joint statement from the ANZSN COVID-19 Working Group here

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