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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 in our dialysis centers
We are taking significant steps to reduce the chance of transmission of coronavirus in our centers. These steps include:
- All individuals entering the center are screened for fever and cough, as well as for potential coronavirus contact risk.
- Strict handwashing on entering and leaving the center will be firmly enforced.
- Visitors in our centers are not permitted in order to minimize the risk to our patients and employees.
- All patients will receive masks to wear while in the center waiting room and treatment area.
- All staff members will wear masks, full protective gowns, and gloves while in contact with patients in any area.
- Any individuals who develop fever, cough, or other symptoms of acute illness will receive their dialysis in a separate environment or be referred to a hospital.
- The center has been intensively disinfected, and this will be done on a daily and ongoing basis.
- While more laboratories are starting to test for coronavirus, testing kits are still not easily available. We are working very hard with local laboratories to get all individuals who have possible exposures tested as soon as possible.
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Get the facts about coronavirus
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 coronavirus?
Coronavirus 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 coronavirus?
- 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 over 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.