Free webinar - Kidney Chat: Ask A Nephrologist about COVID-19 - Register today!

March 31, 2020

We understand that the past few weeks have been overwhelming and full of unexpected challenges for the kidney community. Register for our free webinar and ask a nephrologist your questions about COVID-19.


How COVID-19 is Affecting Transplants

March 30, 2020

Here is what we know about how coronavirus is affecting the lives of kidney transplant patients and those awaiting transplant surgeries. Information provided by Mike Spigler, VP of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education.


A message from Mike Spigler, Vice President of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education on the AKF Coronavirus Emergency Fund.

March 25, 2020

Administration expands use of telehealth in Medicare in response to COVID-19 outbreak

March 27, 2020

The Trump administration has temporarily waived telehealth restrictions for Medicare, which means more Medicare patients can access certain health care services from their homes during the Covid-19 crisis. Learn what this means for beneficiaries with kidney disease.


Kidney-friendly eating during the coronavirus health emergency

March 25, 2020

As we adjust to the new normal of shutdowns during the coronavirus (#COVID19) crisis, many people with kidney disease are wondering how they can safely stick to their food and fluid plans. Our blog has tips for safely ordering groceries and takeout delivery.


Fighting for patients through advocacy

March 25, 2020

Read our comment letters related to Covid-19.


AKF Launches Coronavirus Emergency Fund to Help Low-Income Dialysis and Transplant Patients

March 20, 2020

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) has established a Coronavirus Emergency Fund to provide critically needed financial assistance to low-income U.S. dialysis and transplant patients who are facing unexpected expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. AKF has reallocated $300,000 from its existing budget to provide emergency assistance to patients for food, transportation and medications, and the organization is raising additional funds from the public. 100% of all donations will go directly to patients in need, not overhead.


Dialysis patients are at high risk during covid-19 outbreak

March 24, 2020

Care for the nation’s 500,000 kidney dialysis patients, who routinely undergotreatment while packed together in group settings, is posing an especially difficult problem for physicians and experts planning for the anticipated surge of coronavirus cases. Patients with severe kidney disease, already vulnerable because of their life-threatening illness, are worried that receiving dialysis in large facilities with dozens of other people could expose them to infection.


COVID-19 Q&A: Kidney-friendly Eating

March 24, 2020

The American Kidney Fund recognizes that COVID-19 has been overwhelming and unexpected, especially for the kidney community. We would like to take a few moments to address COVID-19 and share some resources and FAQs related to kidney-friendly eating during the COVID-19 outbreak.


3 reasons the coronavirus pandemic is affecting kidney transplants

March 23, 2020

Some hospitals are making the difficult decision to postpone kidney transplants in light of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. While this news may be devastating to patients, it’s important to understand the medical reasoning behind these decisions. Learn more.


Download a patient resource guide

March 24, 2020

Download a list of resources for kidney patients affected by the coronavirus.


Telework, telehealth and the (temporary) new normal with coronavirus

March 19, 2020

With the CDC recommending ever more drastic social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and a Trump Administration executive action expanding telehealth services, many dialysis centers are putting in place telehealth (video medical consultations) and telework (for non-medical staff). These measures make a lot of sense in the current, rapidly changing environment brought about by the health emergency our nation is facing.

  • When social workers and dietitians consult with patients from home, instead of in the clinic, they do not need to use personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. This helps ensure that clinics do not run out of these critical supplies which are essential for the doctors, nurses and dialysis technicians who work with patients on the floor.
  • This also reduces the potential of exposure to the coronavirus for in-center patients by limiting the number of people they come in contact with at the center.
  • Home dialysis patients may be able to avoid their regular visits at their centers and have a video consultation instead, eliminating the need to travel to the center and limiting potential exposure to the virus.

5 urgent reminders for dialysis patients during coronavirus

March 18, 2020

We’ve been talking to nephrologists, transplant surgeons and dialysis clinic personnel to keep up with the unprecedented health crisis our country is facing. Here are five important reminders:

  • You must keep going to treatment.
  • Be in constant communication with your dialysis center.
  • Know the signs of COVID-19 infection and be honest.
  • Try to get a supply of medicines and foods.
  • Follow the CDC recommendations for hygiene and social distancing.

Coronavirus, COVID-19 and kidney patients: what you need to know

March 5, 2020

Learn what precautions should be taken against coronavirus if you have kidney disease, are on dialysis or have had a transplant. Here are some quick recommendations from the CDC on steps you can take to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. (Sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice while washing your hands—that will ensure you’ve washed them long enough.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who has respiratory symptoms such as a cough or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel sick or have cold-like or flu-like symptoms including a fever, cough, sore throat, headache or body aches.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw used tissues into the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect any objects and surfaces that you touch frequently.

If you are a dialysis patient, your underlying health condition(s) can put you at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. Here are some questions you can ask the staff at your center so you can remain informed on precautions you can take to stay healthy:

  • Can I wait in my car instead of in the waiting room?
  • What should I do if I have any flu-like symptoms?
  • Can you provide a mask for me to wear during my treatment?
  • What procedures do you have in place if you suspect a patient at the center may have COVID-19?
  • How will you inform patients of any emergency information?
  • Where will I receive dialysis if I get sick?

View which transplant centers are open or suspended

The National Kidney Registry has put together a list of transplant centers and if they're currently performing transplants or have decided to postpone transplants until a later date.