Does coronavirus affect the kidneys?

Most people infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) have mild to moderate symptoms and there is no evidence showing that COVID-19 adversely affects the kidneys. A small proportion of patients with COVID-19 develop severe infection and require hospitalisation. Of these hospitalised patients, a small proportion have a decline in their kidney function (glomerular filtration rate, GFR). For more information, please see the COVID-19 page on the Kidney Care UK website.

COVID-19 is a new virus and doctors still are learning about how this virus affects people. The long-term effects on kidney function in survivors of COVID-19 infection is not known.

The Government has issued advice about taking vitamin D supplements during the winter months, particularly if you are self-isolating. If you have kidney cancer or kidney disease, you need to be careful about taking vitamin D supplements. Please talk to you GP or healthcare professional for advice about vitamin D supplements and your condition.