RenalMate and the RPSG’s collaborative webinar focuses on Kidney Disease Management and Self-Care during home-isolation around COVID-19:

Webinar about COVID-19 and its impact on Kidney Patients
Guidance around COVID-19 for Kidney Disease Management and Self-Care during Home-Isolation

In a matter of weeks, millions of Americans have been asked to do what would have been unthinkable only a few months ago: Don’t go to work, don’t go to school, don’t leave the house at all, unless you have to.

Today, a vast majority of states, the Navajo Nation and many cities and counties have instructed residents to stay at home in a desperate race to stunt the spread of the coronavirus.

This means at least 316 million people in at least 42 states, three counties, nine cities, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are being urged to stay home.

USA is still experiencing  the rapid increase in a new cases of COVID-19 across the country, we see the enrollment of restrictive measures for shelter in place, lockdowns and PPE use updates. 

While social distancing will help stem the spread of COVID-19, the practice is near impossible for thousands of vulnerable people who risk becoming severely ill without their regular treatment.

LaVarne Burton, president and CEO of the not-for-profit American Kidney Fund, said many dialysis patients are not able to work. Those that do often work hourly jobs or are self-employed. Many don’t drive and must take public transportation or car sharing services to their dialysis centers. They often have strict dietary needs.

Patients with kidney failure are one of these vulnerable groups. Instead of keeping away from others, these patients, who tend to be older with several other chronic conditions, must visit a dialysis center to stay alive. They sit in clinics next to 10 to 30 other immunocompromised patients for four hours, three times a week. They have no choice. While other people may be able to put off scheduled doctor’s appointments to avoid infection, dialysis can’t be postponed.

That’s why with a groups of the scientists and wellness expert we organized the webinar to provide education and resources around self-care for renal patients during pandemic. The Webinar consists of three parts:

PART I: Covid-19 and The Immunosuppressed

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that usually cause mild illnesses, such as the common cold. However, certain types of coronavirus can infect the lower airway, causing serious illnesses like pneumonia or bronchitis.

Discussion of the COVID-19 guidance by CDC and NICE. Overview of the guidance and resource for immunosuppressed population ( high risk population, including Pre- and Post- Kidney Transplant Patients) during the pandemic will be discussed by Shahid Muhammad – Academic Scientist and Chartered Scientist, University of the West of England, UK.

PART II: Self-Care and Kidney Disease Management  

Discussion by health and wellness experts on self-care management for renal patients during home-isolation:

1) Protection gear, and precautions and disinfection tips

DC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

2) Renal diet on budget during home-isolation and adoption of balanced nutrition:

3) Physical activity and movement during self-isolation:

4) Wellbeing and mental health. Coping with fear and anxiety during pandemic:

Presented by the following experts:

1) The moderator, Nataliia Karpenko, Founder at RenalMate, Corporate Wellness Specialist.
2) Renal diet management will be discussed by Mathea Ford, Registered Dietitian, Founder at RenalDiet HQ.
3) Physical activity and building new habits will be presented by Wilson Du, Founder at MissionHQ.
4) Self-care and Anxiety management  during pandemic by Elizabeth Conrady, Health Coach and Founder at @Well_Wthn.

PART III: Renal patient experience in home-isolation

Renal patients panelists share their own experience facing home-isolation and adjusting their lifestyle following the COVID-19 guidance for self-care during the pandemic.

1) Anel Aguirre, Post-Transplant Kidney Patient 23 year Kidney Strong from California

Making sure that I have enough medication on hand – I called my pharmacies and spoke to the pharmacist to override an additional month or two of refills (1 to 3 months additional medication on hand) 

2) Wilson Du, ESRD Hemodialysis Patient for 3,5 years.

Webinar will offer Q&A session. Please summit your Questions to or @renalmate messenger.