Hello everyone! We will get started exactly at 4:00 but please feel free to write any questions in the chat box.
Is there any data regarding immune suppressed people and how they react to the Covid-19 virus? I see more about people with heart disease, lung disease and high blood pressure which could affect transplant patients. I have PKD and none of these other conditions. It sounds like it can take down healthy people too, but am I akin to an 80 year old though I am 48? Thanks! Caryn
Great Caryn! Thank you for sharing that! We will make sure to address that.
Have there been any current cases of COVID-19 in any transplant recipients?
The concern is not higher risk for catching the virus but higher risk of damage to the kidney as mentioned in the report from the International Society of Nephrology.
Does the coronavirus attack the kidney?
Is asthma an underlying disease?
I’m assuming transplant recipients whose kidney function is not great (say, a GFR around 30) face added risks from COVID complications, given the chance that the virus can cause multiorgan damage?
Is there a prototype "letter" transplant recipients can use to help employers and others understand the need to be isolated or at an appropriate distance?
Just to clarify - can someone who had coronavirus still shed the virus 10-14 days AFTER they are better?
Will you please type the link in here?
Are heart transplant patients at greater risk than other types of transplant recipients?
As a kidney recipient, I am wondering if I would need to isolate from my family if I were to become symptomatic for Covid-19?
Should transplant recipients wear masks if they are going into public places?
Would you advise kidney recipients to have an extra 30-day supply of prescription medications?
Should we be monitoring our white blood count more right now? I generally do testing once a month right now, but have had low white blood cell counts in the recent past (down to 1) and had to get a neupogen shot.
What about wearing masks in public? Should recipients make a habit of wearing masks right now?
i have a monthly infusion at my transplant center. They are taking lots of precautions with patients right now. I have been offered the option for a home infusion. Which would you recommend? I wonder if the home care worker might be riskier to invite into my home.
I need to go to Lab Express at University Hospital. The hospital is not allowing visitor right now. Should I still go?
Thank you, Sandra, for hosting this meeting. Every day I thank the skilled transplant doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital.
I want to thank them for this helpful call!!
Thank you all so much!
Thank you so much for the information!
Big thanks to Drs. Chan and Wise for their info!
Where can we get the recording?
I will send the recording out with some links tomorrow morning. :)