The average age of patients in the study was 60, and 76% with kidney problems were from black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.
Sanooj Soni, an organ injury expert and co-author of the study, told the Telegraph newspaper that many people with pre-existing kidney problems are unaware that the organs are damaged, while signs of acute kidney damage can be difficult to detect in the midst of the torrent. other symptoms of COVID-19.
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Doctor visits patients in the ICU of the Municipal Clinical Hospital № 15 O. Filatov in Moscow, Russia
“If you end up having kidney problems in addition to the severe symptoms of COVID-19, the chance of you dying doubles immediately, that’s a lot,” commented Soni.
“This finding may suggest that these patients benefit equally from admission to the ICU and therefore the threshold for admission should be calibrated according to the peak of COVID-19 in the future,” wrote the scientists.
Dr. Soni fears that COVID-19 patients with severe kidney problems may have been rejected from the ICU during the first wave because they were considered unlikely to survive.