Staying healthy during the pandemic

About 10% of people worldwide have chronic kidney disease, but most of those people may be unaware
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LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – Getting annual checks is important to staying healthy, even more so during the pandemic.

About 10% of people worldwide have chronic kidney disease, but most of those people may be unaware.

This past Thursday was World Kidney Day, and health officials from Mayo Clinic wanted to raise awareness on the issue.

People who have contracted COVID-19 also are at increased risk for kidney damage.

“We’ve seen people who’ve had COVID infections get increased risks of kidneys shutting down when they’re severely ill,” said Dr. Andrew Bentall, a Nephrologist at Mayo Clinic.

Nearly 108,000 people are on the waitlist in the U.S. for a lifesaving kidney transplant.