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Covid-19 and Kidney Damage

 In a worrying report, research shows that Covid-19 can lead to kidney damage. 

Covid-19 has been studied a great deal during the pandemic and researchers are finding evidence that it cause a whole host of problems, including acute renal failure. Research reported here gives you the technical details – for those with the deep medical knowledge, angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and is a membrane receptor for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus responsible for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

As with al things Covid-19, the more research done and the longer the period over which it is investigated, the more knowledge will be available. This article summarises some of the things found so far.

Some worrying things to consider are that it looks like 81% of patients in intensive care with Covid-19 developed Acute Kideny Injury, with the virus more likely to target the kidneys than other parts of the body. And age seems to be a factor as well, with those over 60 being twice as likely to have problems as those under 60. In fact many of the factors that affect the severity of Covid-19 are similar in those who get Acute Kidney Injury.