Coronavirus - What You Need to Know!

Buy now you all must have heard about a new health threat, Coronavirus, infecting and rapidly spreading throughout the world. This virus is a particularly dangerous infection for the elderly and immune suppressed, lucky us! This discussion seeks to provide facts and tips from the Center for Disease Control, to help wade through the myriad of misinformation being circulated from various sources. Please treat this infection seriously, as it will last into the summer and beyond and will require your attention.


About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

How COVID-19 Spreads
Person-to-person spread
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern external icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.




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  • Hi,Is it ok to see the dentist at this time for cleaning, and checkup.


  • I have been going to Quest Diagnostics for labwork since 2004.  It occurs to me that since they are now devoting resources to covid testing (though not at their patient locations, to be sure), I wonder how delayed our results would be.  They would probably be grateful for any canceled regular labwork for the time being if at all possible.

    It also occurred to me that if you do cancel labwork, it might be a good idea to let your tx coordinator know.  I'm sure s/he would understand and would probably agree with your decision, but also it would show that you are not being concompliant.  I plan to cancel my labs next month and will tell my tx peeps exactly why.

    I don't know when the "peak" will be over, but it won't mean there will be no more cases around at all.  I don't know at what point I'll feel completely safe.

  • I canceled my lab work and doctor's appointment until the peak is over. 

  • I hsd bloodwork scheduled last month, and I was really nervous about going to the lab.  It shares a waiting room with three other medical practices.  This was just before The Great Shut-In.  I have regular blood work every 2 months.  My creatinine had been creeping up a bit, so I decided I really needed to go have it done.  Besides, it was an early morning appointment, and I knew I wouldn't have to wait very long.  

    Well, for the first time EVER, the waiting room was just packed.  I have no idea why.  There was no coronavirus testing or anything like that.  It was just bad luck.  Despite having an appointment, I still had to wait about 15 minutes, and because of the amount of people waiting, there was no way I could sit 6 feet from anyone!  At the time, though, there were no cases yet in my county, so I figured it would be OK.

    There is no way I would go have labs done now.  My next draw is scheduled for 7 May, and as it gets closer, I will be seriously thinking about rescheduling.  Of course, I will liase with my tx team.  But I've been stable for years, so the consequences of waiting an extra month are probably less than yours.

    I have a friend in London who is 2 years post tx.  She has received a letter from the NHS telling her she needs to self-quarantine for THREE months!  No going outside even for a walk.  Her husband has cancer, so I don't know what they are going to do for supplies.


    • Thanks for posting this. I'm overdue for blood work but am holding off for a while, as the peak of the infection is supposed to be the next two weeks here in MA.

  • I have bloodwork and a follow up appointment with my nephrologist. I am scared to expose myself. Any suggestions please



    • I talked with My doctor. She told me to stay in the car and call the front desk to check in. Her nurse will call me back when they are ready for me. I think it sounds good to me.  


    • Hi Vin,

      Many appointments are now being done either via the computer or over the phone (actual phone call appointment).  My upcoming Tx appointment is being done via cell phone through an app.  Check w/ your nephrology department to see if this is an option.

      As to bloodwork, I actually walked in and got labs done last week at my hospital. It was empty and there were only 2 of us waiting for the lab.  I stood about 30 feet away from him.  LOL

      I actually wanted to postpone it a month, but my Tx clinic just said perhaps I can go on a morning when it's not busy.  They would've accepted waiting a month of not doing labs, but then again I am very stable w/o issues.  They just didn't want to go over a month from the usual time that's all.  Check w/ the Tx team and just ask them if you can skip the month due to not feeling safe at this time.  They can direct you as to what is best for you.

    • Hello Vin, 

      It is best to call your Tx center or team to inquire about your upcoming appointment and testing, as protcols may have changed. This virus, is yet another hurdle we must surpass, and should not become a source of stress, if proper precautions are observed. 

  • More recipient specific information 

    NKF Covad 19 Precautions for Kidney Tx recipient

    CDC - Coronovirus 2019

    Coronavirus, COVID-19 and kidney patients: what you need to know
    Learn what precautions should be taken against coronavirus If you have kidney disease, are on dialysis or have had a transplant.
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