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News Coronavirus advice for kidney patients

Coronavirus advice for kidney patients
Public Health England recommends following the same precautions you would for flu
Public Health England recommends washing your hands often with soap and water
There has been extensive coverage of the coronavirus (now named 2019-nC0V) outbreak. The number of people in the UK infected with the virus remains very low and Public Health England has introduced a careful monitoring system. The Department of Health and Social Care has now issued an action plan from which we have quoted below.​
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses common across the world in animals and humans. Certain types cause illnesses in people.
Based on current evidence, the main symptoms of COVID-19 are a cough, a high temperature and, in severe cases, shortness of breath.
As it is a new virus, the lack of immunity in the population (and the absence as yet of an effective vaccine) means that COVID-19 has the potential to spread extensively. The current data seem to show that we are all susceptible to catching this disease, and thus it is also more likely than not that the UK will be significantly affected.
Among those who become infected, some will exhibit no symptoms. Early data suggest that of those who develop an illness, the great majority will have a mild-to-moderate, but self-limiting illness – similar to seasonal flu. It is, however, also clear that a minority of people who get COVID-19 will develop complications severe enough to require hospital care, most often pneumonia. While work is being done to develop a vaccine, most treatment will be towards managing symptoms and providing support to patients with complications.

Risk management
We can all help with supporting activity to manage the risk.
In order to reduce your risk of picking up this type of virus Public Health England recommends you follow these precautions, just as you would for flu:
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
If you have any concerns or would like further information, please read the advice from Public Health England or telephone 111.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice gives British nationals advice on what they need to know before deciding whether to travel and what to do if they are affected by an outbreak of COVID-19 while travelling.
The British Transplant Society has some guidance on transplantation
Kidney Care UK is keeping a watching brief on COVID-19 developments and will pass on any updates as we receive them.

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