Dialysis patients, those with declining renal function, immunocompromised patients (such as those post-transplant), heart and lung patients, and those aged 65+ must exercise caution during the pandemic as COVID-19 can effect them more severely. Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all patients in these higher risk categories should avoid large crowds and non-essential air travel all while following additional precautionary protocol.
With your continued safety in mind, please review the following information to stay informed during this ongoing global health crisis.
General COVID-19 Information
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus Website
- World Health Organiation (WHO) Coronavirus Website
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) COVID-19 Resources
Preparation for Renal Patients and Higher Risk Individuals
- CDC – Overview of Higher Risk Individuals
- National Kidney Foundation (NKF) – COVID-19 What You Should Know
- NKF – Esté preparado: Preparación del Paciente Renal para el Coronavirus
- NKF – Clinical Digest – COVID-19 (For Medical Professionals)
Dialysis and Transplant
- NKF – Continue Dialysis Treatments During COVID-19 Outbreak
- NKF – Staying Safe During Dialysis and the COVID-19 Outbreak
- NKF – Transplant and Coronavirus
Hearing Loss During the Pandemic
With many offices and educational settings shifting to an online format, hearing loss can present unique challenges. If you are an employee or student, it is critical to share your hearing limitatations with the host of the virtual content. Parents of younger children are strongly encouraged to contact the school or teacher to explain their child’s situation and learn what type of aid is available. ADA compliance officers, in academic and workplace settings, can provide detailed, location-specific information. Many individuals, out of fear of judgment, suffer in silence. This will only result in missing out on vital information and additional miscommunication in the future. In accepting your hearing loss, and making slight changes to your routine, you can remain positive and productive during and beyond this global health crisis.
- Accessibility Strategies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in Remote Meetings
- Captioning Options for Videoconferencing and Learning Management Systems
- COVID-19 and Hearing Loss (including Self-Advocacy and Hospital Tips)
- Hearing Loss in the Time of Coronavirus (Students and Employees)
- Managing Hearing Loss in the Time of COVID-19 (including Mask Tips, Closed Captioning)
Mental Health and Coping During the Pandemic
Coronavirus and Youth