Over a quarter of respiratory coronavirus patients suffer from kidney failure, leading to a lack of vital equipment.
Charities have warned that killer infection can lead to acute kidney injury (AKI), a sudden serious illness that can be fatal if not treated immediately.
Thousands in the intensive care unit need special kidney support that takes over the role of the kidneys so that they can recover.
The government has warned of a serious interruption in care, but says it will not affect people who are already on dialysis.
Today the death toll in the UK reached 28,491, making the country the most severely affected in Europe.
Over a quarter of respiratory coronavirus patients, according to charities, suffer from kidney failure, leading to a lack of vital devices like this hemodialysis machine
Thousands in the intensive care unit need special kidney support that takes over the role of the kidneys so that they can recover. Pictured is Stephen Parker, 62, a COVID-19 patient who is applauded by Poole Hospital staff after his recovery in the intensive care unit
Britain announced 315 new corona virus deaths today. A total of 28,446 people have been killed, and the country is on the way to becoming the most affected in Europe
AKI refers to a sudden failure of kidney function and can be life-threatening. It can be reversed with the treatment.
According to the Renal Association, 25 percent of patients with ventilators develop a severe AKI in COVID-19 patients who need treatment in an intensive care unit.
Kidney Care UK reports a value of up to 28 percent.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, based in New York, approximately three to nine percent of patients with confirmed COVID-19 develop an AKI.
More than 2,000 patients in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in intensive care with COVID-19 have suffered kidney failure BBC Reports.
The government has since warned against charging equipment for treatment, similar to the ventilator concerns surrounding the outbreak.
Although COVID-19 is known to be a respiratory disease, its fatal complications can affect various vital organs.
Dr. Graham Lipkin, consultant kidney specialist and president of the Renal Association, told the BBC: “The virus can be seen in the very fine structures of the kidneys.
A third of CORONAVIRUS patients in NHS hospitals die
A third of coronavirus patients admitted to NHS hospitals die from the disease, and more than half of ventilator patients fail to survive, according to a large study.
Researchers who analyzed nearly 17,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the UK found that 33 percent died, 49 percent were discharged, and 17 percent were still cared for.
The study, the largest of its kind in Europe, found that only a fifth of intubated British patients came home alive.
Fifty-three percent died from a ventilator, and 27 percent were still connected to the machines at the time of writing.
45 percent of those in the intensive care unit succumbed to the virus, 31 percent went home after the illness and just under a quarter are still being treated.
Experts said the results suggest that the coronavirus could be as dangerous as Ebola – which kills around four in ten people infected.
Calum Semple, professor of outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool, said that "people have to get it in the head" of how deadly the virus is.
He said while coronavirus infects a lot more people than Ebola, they have similar death rates if the illnesses result in hospitalization.
The bleak realities of the crisis were revealed in a report by the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infections (ISARIC).
In the article, which was published on the pre-print website MedRxiv and was not reviewed by experts, the researchers wrote: “While most patients with COVID-19 suffer from a mild illness, of those who were hospitalized for 14 days Before the data extraction, half was released alive and a third died.
“Seventeen percent of the people admitted to the hospital needed intensive care. Those who have poor results are more likely to be the elderly, men and obese.
"The near real-time analysis of the data presented in this urgent public health study enables health policy makers to respond dynamically to the best evidence available, such as expanding capacity in the intensive care unit."
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AKI usually occurs when your kidneys are suddenly damaged, often because there is not enough blood flowing through the organs.
Those at greatest risk of kidney failure are often the same patients at higher risk of dying from COVID-19, including those over 65 and with pre-existing health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, liver disease, or diabetes.
However, scientists suspect that the virus attacks the kidneys directly by clinging to them.
SARS-CoV-2 gets into the cells of people who are infected by clinging to the ACE2 receptor that covers the cell surfaces.
ACE2 is known to be present in the lungs, which are particularly affected by the virus. However, scientists have found high levels of expression in parts of the kidneys, indicating their susceptibility to infections.
An international team led by British Columbia University researcher Dr. Josef Penninger investigated how the virus can infect blood vessels and kidneys with organoids – small, constructed mini-organs that simulate reality.
The virus can directly infect and duplicate in these tissues, according to the study, published in Cell magazine on April 2.
The results are important information given that there are severe cases of COVID-19 with multi-organ failure.
Researchers in Wuhan – where the virus originated in December 2019 – have found a worryingly high number of deaths from kidney failure.
A team performed autopsies on people who died from COVID-19 and found that nine out of 26 patients had acute kidney injury and seven particles of the coronavirus in their kidneys, as of April 9 in Kidney International medical journal published article emerges.
"There is clear suspicion that at least part of the acute kidney injury we see is due to direct kidney virus involvement," said Paul Palevsky, nephrologist and elected president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, the National Kidney Foundation.
He added that this is different from what was observed when SARS broke out in the early 2000s, a related corona virus. The Independent Reports.
However, there is concern that patients will show signs of kidney failure even at the onset of the disease, said Alan Kliger, a clinical professor of medicine at Yale University, who saw an increase in Covid-19 patients with kidney failure in New York.
"It was clear that the kidney was a target," he told the Irish publication TheJournal.ie.
He said the pandemic had quintupled the need for kidney replacement therapy.
"There has to be global thinking, with reserves that can be sent where they are needed," he said. "A pandemic moves in waves and doesn't happen everywhere at the same time."
In the hospital, some patients have kidney damage, suggesting that the kidneys are infected with the virus early, said Dr. Kliger.
Treating kidney failure requires sophisticated machinery that requires sterile tubing, fluids, and filters to operate.
Severe AKI in the intensive care unit is usually treated with either hemofiltration or hemodialysis. Both do the work the kidneys should do until they can recover.
Both remove waste products from the blood by passing it through a hose to a filter from the body and returning it cleaned to the body.
The device removes excess fluid and toxins that accumulate in the body around the clock when the kidneys don't produce enough urine.
Due to the increase in COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit worldwide, there is now a critical national shortage of required material.
Charities in the UK say an enormous amount of work is being done among kidney doctors and intensive care specialists to effectively share resources within the NHS and apply alternative treatments.
They also assured that around 30,000 dialysis patients in the community are not affected as they are connected to different devices.
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