COVID-19 is a new form of flu. Because it’s new, few people have developed immunity from the virus that causes COVID-19. This virus easily spreads and is a serious concern for everyone, but especially for people who are older and/or live with chronic illness such as CKD and diabetes.
There are several important things that all of us can do to reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus as we wait for scientists to develop more treatments and for vaccines to be widely distributed.
One thing that’s essential to know is that COVID-19 must not stop you from getting the dialysis treatment your doctor has ordered. You’re at much higher risk for illness if you miss treatment.
Call your care team if you have questions, concerns, or something that’s making it difficult for you to get treatment. We do whatever we can to help you get the treatment you need.
You can get COVID if the air around you has the virus in it. If you and everyone you can see around you wears a mask, the risk of you getting infected or infecting others is much less. Wear a mask for your safety and for the safety of others. We’re all in this together.
Many of us are feeling afraid and confused, especially as we’re spending more time away from friends and family. You’re not alone. Here are a few things you can do to take care of yourself:
Your Satellite Healthcare Social Worker can help with ideas on how to get through these tough times. Tell them how you’re feeling. Don’t put off saying something when you need help. Let them do their best for you today and any time you need to talk.
1. Have the ill person stay in one room, away from other people, including yourself, as much as possible.
a. If possible, have the ill person use a separate bathroom.
b. Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, towels, and bedding.
c. Have the ill person wear a facemask when they’re around people, including you.
d. If the sick person can’t wear a facemask, you should wear one while in the same room with them.
e. If the sick person needs to be around others (within the home, in a vehicle, or doctor’s office), everyone should wear a facemask.
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coming into contact with the sick person. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands with it and rub them together until they feel dry.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Frequently disinfect all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
5. Wash laundry thoroughly. If the laundry is soiled, wear disposable gloves and keep the soiled items away from your body while laundering. Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
6. Avoid unnecessary visitors.
Many restaurants are now closed to enforce social distancing, but take-out for your kidney diet is still available from many eateries. Start by knowing your diet well and asking your dietitian for any tips or advice. If you have sodium, potassium, phosphorus, or protein restrictions, this information will help you make good decisions based on your specific dietary needs.
Plan ahead. Choose a restaurant where it will be easiest to select foods best suited for your diet. Restaurants where food is made to order are the best choice.
Making your selections. Look over the menu carefully. Ask for more details about items you don’t know about. When you place your order explain that you’re following a special diet. Make special requests about the way your food is prepared as follows:
When picking a side dish:
When the delivery arrives: