Published: 8 November 2020
Author(s): Stephanie L. Harrison, Benjamin J.R. Buckley, Elnara Fazio-Eynullayeva, Paula Underhill, Deirdre A. Lane, Gregory Y.H. Lip
Issue: January 2021
Section: Letter to the Editor

Emerging evidence suggests that people with chronic kidney disease have a higher risk of severe infection with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) [1]. Furthermore, acute kidney injury is common amongst patients hospitalised with COVID-19 compared to historical controls (56.9% vs. 25.1%) [2]. An estimated 726,000 people in the United States (US) are affected by end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and one-year mortality for people with ESRD who receive dialysis is approximately 20–25% [3]. Reports from China, England, Italy and France have suggested between 9% and 27% of patients with ESRD who tested positive for COVID-19 died, compared to 4% globally as of July 2020 [4].

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