Via Arab News, a May 24 report: Renal failure patients ‘are most at risk’.
Those suffering from renal failure are most susceptible to contracting the coronavirus.
This was revealed by Dr. Fuad Shairiyyeh, director of the Kidney Center at King Fahd General Hospital in Jeddah.
Speaking to Arab News, he said that the center received 20 patients with renal failure who had also contracted the MERS infection in the recent outbreak. “All of them were placed in quarantine for treatment. Some of them suffered from severe complications, and the antiviral medicines given them failed to save their lives, because their immune systems were extremely weak. The virus was so virile that it damaged the cells of their pulmonary systems,” he explained.
He added that it was likely that they had contracted the disease while they were in the emergency room in the hospital.
“We have had no new cases for the last two weeks,” Shairiyyeh confirmed, adding that the center had been completely rehabilitated and sanitized with chemicals and steam. “All the equipment, floors and wards have been sanitized,” he said.
He said that all appointments for patient dialysis have been rescheduled in order to complete the sanitization procedures, and to prevent the arrival of any MERS case or anyone with similar symptoms.
“We receive a daily average of over 80 patients who suffer from renal failure. About 595 patients receive dialysis at the hospital,” he said.
He further said that all patients, prior to admission to the dialysis wards, are checked by having their temperature taken. In case anyone has a higher temperature or any MERS-like symptoms, they are promptly transferred to the emergency room for further tests and analyzes,” he said, adding that all patients are required to wear face masks as a precautionary measure.