March is National Kidney Month, and a time to raise awareness about the risk factors for chronic kidney disease and the dangers of acute kidney injury (AKI).
COVID-19 is not just any respiratory virus. Researchers have quickly discovered that it is capable of directly affecting multiple organ systems, and that it can also cause a host of related complications. Among those complications are endothelial dysfunction, sepsis, and acute kidney injury.
It is especially important to focus on prevention methods amid the COVID-19 pandemic—in previous reports of SARS and MERS-CoV infections, AKI developed in 5% to 15% of cases and carried an extremely high (60%-90%) mortality rate.