CDC HAN on Chloroquine as Seen on TV

CDC has released a new HAN Health Alert Advisory on Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat COVID-19.  The Summary includes “Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death.  Clinicians and public health officials should discourage the public from misusing non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate (a chemical used in home aquariums).  Clinicians should advise patients and the public that chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider as prescribed medications.”  Find the CDC HAN at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00431.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM24285.

AAKP Coronavirus Survey

AAKP is asking dialysis patients to take a survey on their experience with and concerns about COVID-19.  AAKP’s introduction follows:

“AAKP works closely and constructively with Federal and state officials on health issues of concern to both the general public and those who are immunocompromised – like kidney patients.  As we have in the past with flu and vaccines, we are interested in relaying your insights about the Coronavirus to relevant officials so that their actions and communications are better informed and responsive to your concerns.  As a dialysis patient, has the Coronavirus impacted your thinking or behavior?  What communication, if any, have you, as a dialysis patient, received with your healthcare team and/or dialysis facility?  TAKE A FEW MINUTES, TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS!  AAKP will share insights gleaned from you with the brave medical and scientific professionals fighting the Coronavirus! … Answers and any comments provided will not be attributed to any individual – the FLASH SURVEY is completely anonymous.”

Find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DialysisandCoronavirus.  They do not indicate how long the survey will be available.

COVID-19 Testing Protocols by State

NBC News has published an article on Coronavirus testing: Information on COVID-19 tests according to state health departments.  The article includes:

  • Idaho: “Call your health care provider if you believe you need to be tested.  Any provider can request a test from the state, as long as they meet CDC infection control requirements for collection.  However, not all providers in the state are set up to meet those requirements, according to the Department of Health.  Test results are usually available 24 hours after they are sent to the state lab.  There are four private labs conducting tests in the state that may have different response times.  For more information, call 2-1-1 or your local public health district [see https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/contact/], or visit Idaho’s coronavirus website [at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/].”
  • Washington: “Call your health care provider to discuss whether you should be evaluated in person and considered for testing.  Currently, there are no restrictions on who can be tested, however, it’s up to the provider to decide.  Sample collection is done at the provider’s office.  Samples are then sent to facilities such as the Washington State Public Health Lab or the University of Washington Virology Lab for analysis.  Results are generally available within 24 to 48 hours.  Turnaround time can be affected by demand.  For more information, read the Washington State Department of Health’s medium article on testing [at https://medium.com/wadepthealth/covid-19-testing-process-what-you-need-to-know-ad741ed1a806] or visit the department’s coronavirus website [at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus].”

Find the NBC News article at https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-testing-information-covid-19-tests-according-state-health-departments-n1158041?.

Recording of DPC Webinar on COVID-19 for Patients

Dialysis Patient Citizens has published a recording of their March 13, 2020 webinar on What the COVID-19 Means for Kidney Patients.  The webinar goes into far more useful detail than most of the available material on the subject.  Find the recording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWXHlHp7wqs.  The first four minutes are unintelligible, but after that the sound quality is a little muddy but understandable, so it’s very worthwhile to persevere.  As usual, ignore the beeping hospital-room-monitor alarm.

3/13 DPC Webinar on COVID-19 & Patients

DPC will present a March 13, 2020 webinar on What the COVID-19 Means for Kidney Patients.  Find details and register at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/education-webinar/what-the-covid-19-means-for-kidney-patients/.

DPC has also added a page on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information for Dialysis Patients to their website, with sections on prevention, dialysis, preparation, and links to resources, at https://www.dialysispatients.org/news/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-information-for-dialysis-patients/.

Coronavirus Updates

We’re posting the latest COVID-19 Coronavirus updates and protocols on the Network websites at:

You’ll have to scroll down a little on both web pages.  We’re trying to include only the information you need, since the quantity of information is overwhelming.  The two websites are not identical, so if you don’t quickly find what you need on one of them, check the other.  Because Network 16 includes the North American epicenter of COVID-19, the list of resources on nwrn.org is more extensive.