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People with kidney disease can
get very sick with COVID-19.

This includes people who are on dialysis treatment, have had a kidney transplant, or have low kidney function and are looked after by a hospital kidney team.

This information is also for people who take medicines for their kidneys including blood pressure medicines, and medicine which affects the immune system (a full list is available below).
While Alert Level 2 restrictions are in place and if you have kidney disease, it’s important that you and your whānau follow all the basic advice for general hygiene.




General hygiene information is available here.

General advice for people with kidney disease

Alert-Level 2 means that staying home is no longer mandatory. However, you should continue to stay home if you are able.


If you want or need to return to mahi, you should:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before leaving your whare

  • Avoid crowds or people who are mauuiui (sick)

  • While out, stay at least 2 metres away from others

  • Avoid touching surfaces and then your face

  • Avoid sharing things like your mobile phone or a pen

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser while you are out and wash your hands again when you get home.

At home, you should regularly wipe down surfaces that are touched often, such as benches, door handles and light switches. 

You can increase the number of whānau and friends you see and socialise with. 

We recommend that you limit contact with others you don't know as much as possible. You should keep a record of where you have been and who you have been in contact with. 


Advice on how to stay well is available here.

Information about healthcare for people with kidney problems during Alert Level 2 is available here.

Medical advice for whānau living with kidney disease or a kidney transplant during Alert Level 2 is available here.

Free flu vaccinations are now available to all people with diabetes. A flu vaccination won’t protect you from COVID-19 but it will help to keep you healthy during winter. More information about flu vaccinations is available here.

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