Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus such as COVID-19 is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

While we are still learning about COVID-19, we do know that those with chronic conditions and those that are immune compromised are at increased risk of developing COVID-19. It is also believed that for the at risk population, the virus presents with more severe symptoms. C
OVID-9 is rapidly evolving and we want to encourage everyone to be proactive and practice the following:
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
* Stay home if you are sick.
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of the tissue in the trash,
* Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
* Follow CDC recommendations for wearing masks. CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses including COVID-19.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose or coughing.
* If soap and water are not readily available use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

* Practice social distancing.
Being informed is one of your most powerful tools. Here are some available resources:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resources for the public and healthcare providers.
The New York State Department of Health has information specific to the impact on New York State.
The American Association of Kidney Patients is hosting a patient education webinar on March 18. You can register here.
The National Renal Administrators Association has a number of resources for clinic managers.
The American Society of Nephrology has posted a webinar and slide deck for clinicians.

We have also developed the below flyer which you can print and share as you wish.
We are continually monitoring the developments and will adjust our scheduling accordingly always with the best interests of our patients in mind. Thank you for your support of the NeKF throughout the year. If you have specific questions or concerns please email or call 800-999-9697.