The Unprecedented, Unnerving World of COVID-19 and Kidney Care

  • 1 Richard Lafayette, MD, FACP is Editor-in-Chief of Kidney News.
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease COVID-19 reached pandemic status in short order and has changed everything in our world. Modern living has been turned upside down in pursuit of efforts to control spread of this virus, identify infected patients, and treat them appropriately. Economies are faltering. Epidemiologists and public health officials are doing their best to find ideal practices while governments impose what they feel are appropriate guidelines and restrictions on populations. How this will evolve and the size of its ultimate impact on our lives is yet to be seen, but it is already certain to have