Dear Colleagues,

These are concerning times for our patients and ourselves. We have put together some useful resources on Covid-19 for your benefit.

In addition to the information on this page, please stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, through your national and local public health authorites.

Statement from international renal societies

Read the joint statement about the impact of COVID-19 on kidney patients here.

Renal resources

ERA-EDTA have produced resources for nephrologists that include:

ASPN, our sister organisation in North America, has a similar list of resources from North America.

IPNA has convened a Covid initiative chaired by Prof Pierre Cochat. There is a page on the IPNA website dedicated to resources, including guidelines in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

The American Society of Transplantation (AST) has produced an FAQ page aimed at transplant patients.

Chinese paediatric nephrologists have written of their experience managing paediatric renal patients in the midst of the pandemic.

The British Renal Association has published an extensive list of guidelines and resources for kidney patients and the British Association for Paediatric Nephrology has published its own guidance for children with kidney disease (this was updated on 27 May 2020).

The British National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a COVID-19 rapid guideline for children and young people who are immunocompromised.

Michel Tsimaratos has a page of Covid-19 resources that is updated regularly. The page is in French but can easily be translated with Google if needed.

Position statement of the ESC council on hypertension on ACEi and ARB. See also the South et al, Nature Rev Nephrol article for more reading on this (Literature section below).

NephJC have also published information about ACEI and ARB use with Covid-19

Nephcure guidance for parents of paediatric kidney patients

For children with the multi-system inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19, the US-based CDC and the British RCPCH have provided guidance.

General resources

WHO’s Covid-19 page

European Centre for Disease Control

European Public Health Alliance

Information on drug interactions with experimental Covid-19 therapy from the Liverpool Drug Interaction Group.

ESPN Endorses ; European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA) open letter to policymakers on behalf of the European Organ Donation and Transplantation Community


Many peer-reviewed papers on Covid-19 have been now published in other journals. The selection below will be of particular interest to paediatric nephrologists:

COVID-19 in children with kidney disease

Kawasaki-like syndrome associated with coronavirus in children

Paediatric epidemiology

SARS-Cov-2 and the kidney

Covid-19 and transplantation

Covid-19 and the renin-angiotensin system

Immunological aspects of Covid-19

Testing for COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2

Dialyis issues

Child health


ESPN in partnership with ERKNet are collecting cases of Covid-19 in children with kidney disease. The SurveyMonkey survey can be accessed here.

For the benefit of all our patients, please try to record information on the presentation and complications all your Covid-19 patients. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes if you have the case record to hand.

The first report from the survey was published in May 2020 in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

Patient resources

The professional societies’ resources above contain many pages of patient information.

In addition, the following links may be useful:

Kidney Care UK advice on coronavirus for kidney patients

Coronavirus – a book for children. Free on-line book in English, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Schleffer, explaining coronavirus to children.

We wish all the best to you and our patients.

Stay healthy!  

ESPN president on behalf ESPN Council