PATIENTS with kidney problems are twice as likely to die from COVID, a new study published by the journal of Anaesthesia has shown.
The study was led by the Imperial College of London. Doctors conducting the study warned that medics should be on ‘high alert’ for people with kidney complaints and sufferers should be admitted to the ICU much earlier.
Dr Sanooj Soni, who led the study told The Telegraph: “If you end up getting kidney problems on top of severe Covid-19 symptoms your mortality rate doubles right away – that’s a very big deal.”
The study centred on 372 patients admitted to ICU between March and July.
Results of the study showed that 50 per cent of those with pre-existing kidney problems died from the virus, while 21 per cent of patients with no kidney problems succumbed.
“Attention needs to be paid to Covid-19 patients with any form of kidney disease or injury, and every effort made to prevent progression of this disease or injury to reduce mortality in this cohort of patients,” Dr Sami said.
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