- Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Disease Stages
- What to Expect with CKD
- Managing Kidney Disease
- Understanding Acute Kidney Injury
- How Kidneys Work
- Take a FREE CLASS on Kidney Disease
Important information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and your health
Your health and safety are our top priority. Fresenius Kidney Care is dedicated to providing you with the highest-quality care and support in every circumstance. The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has been changing quickly, and we will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.
Protecting your health as you continue dialysis treatment
We are taking significant steps to reduce the chance of transmission of COVID-19 both in our dialysis centers and for any home visits. To learn how we’re working to keep you safe, please see our policies and procedures both for people on dialysis and for our care teams.
If you’re on in-center dialysis during COVID-19
Staying on track with your in-center dialysis treatments is a very important part of being your healthiest and feeling your best. Find out how you can protect your health while visiting the center, look after your wellbeing, and get tips for adjusting to spending more time at home. Plus, learn about telehealth options and which care team appointments you may be able to have by phone or video conference.Learn More About In-Center Dialysis and Covid-19
If you're on home dialysis during COVID-19
Continuing your home dialysis treatments during COVID-19 may require you to do a little extra planning, so you can make sure you have everything you need right at home. Learn how you can take steps to stay safe, protect your health, and make sure you're prepared with supplies and food. Plus, find out about your telehealth options. To limit possible exposure to COVID-19, you may be able to have some care team appointments over the phone or by video conference instead of in the center.Learn More About Home Dialysis and Covid-19
Get the facts about COVID-19
To help you understand more about coronavirus and how it gets spread, read these answers to FAQs. You can also download our coronavirus fact sheet.
How do you get COVID-19?
COVID-19 is spread between people who are within about 6 feet of each other. The virus is spread mainly through the droplets that leave an infected person’s body when coughing or sneezing. Others get exposed to the virus when they come in contact with the infected droplets via the mouth, nose, or eyes.
What can I do to avoid getting COVID-19?
- Clean frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant cleaners. Surfaces include tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Wash your hands often, for at least 20-30 seconds, using soap and warm water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes—especially when your hands are not clean.
What should I do if I feel sick with a respiratory illness?
Talk to your care team immediately if you are feeling sick. If you are running a fever, you may be contagious. For a fever at or above 100.0° F, signs of a fever, or shortness of breath, call your physician.
Our first priority is to ensure your safety and wellbeing. When you arrive at the dialysis center, regardless if you are showing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness or fever, you will be asked to put on a face mask in the lobby. Our care team will ask you questions to evaluate your condition before bringing you to the dialysis treatment area.