Does having one kidney increase my risk of coronavirus?

If you are living with one kidney or you have lost part of a kidney due to a partial nephrectomy but you are otherwise healthy, then your risk of being infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) would likely be similar to someone with two kidneys.

However, every person is unique, and many factors can result in increased risk of COVID-19. If you are worried, you should ask your GP or healthcare team for information about your own individual risk.

The Government are advising people with long-term (chronic) kidney disease to be particularly stringent in following the social distancing guidelines. This is because people with chronic kidney disease are at increased risk of complications if they get COVID-19 infection. Most patients with kidney cancer do not have chronic kidney disease.

If you have chronic kidney disease, you can find more information about your risk of COVID-19 here.