As Ohio residents begin to resume activities like eating out, getting haircuts, and shopping at retail stores, you might experience a mix of emotions. At this time, chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients should continue to stay home as much as possible. We know it can be difficult to watch others around you venture out when your risk of contracting COVID-19 is high, but these recommendations are meant to keep you safe and healthy. In the months ahead, here are some steps you can take to stay safe.
Keep it clean
You’ve likely heard it dozens of times, but it’s worth repeating for a reason: frequently washing your hands is one of the best defenses against coronavirus. Continue sanitizing high-touch surfaces like door handles, phones, and faucets, and practicing good hygiene. It’s especially important that your home dialysis station is clean. Even once the threat of COVID-19 has passed, maintaining these habits will help eliminate other pathogens that could enter your home.
Talk to your Cincinnati Home Dialysis care team about whether telehealth is a feasible option for your routine appointments. Visiting with your doctor virtually not only saves you a trip, but greatly reduces your chances of coming into contact with a virus carrier. If you do need to see your doctor in person, it’s important to keep these appointments. Missing an appointment can sometimes pose a greater risk to your health.
Wear a mask
Unless your doctor suggests otherwise, wear a mask if you absolutely have to leave the house. Keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and others. Take advantage of grocery store pickup and delivery options, or shop only during their designated hours (with your mask!) for high-risk groups.
Refrain from social visits
Not being able to see friends and family in person can be one of the most challenging recommendations. But one visit can pose a significant risk to a CKD patient. Encourage friends and family to video chat with you or talk on the phone. Keeping in touch with those you love during this time can really boost your mental health and help you feel connected.
Talk to your Cincinnati Home Dialysis care team if you’re concerned about what Ohio’s reopening could mean for you. Your team can offer personalized recommendations that are best for you and your situation.