“The peak of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations for people on dialysis in Central Indiana is actually happening right now.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, it has become increasingly clear that the novel coronavirus can take a serious toll on the kidneys—and on patients with kidney disease. According to the New York Times, some nephrologists estimate that 20 percent to 40 percent of ICU patients with COVID-19 suffer kidney failure and need emergency dialysis, and due to this unexpectedly high number, intensive care units in New York and other cities face a shortage of dialysis equipment. This has serious implications for COVID-19 patients, as well as for people who were on dialysis prior to the pandemic.
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