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Should I be isolating for 12weeks?


Hi guys can anyone help or suggest the best choice, I have iga nephropathy which I’m not sure is classed as a chronic kidney disease but has the same effects?. I have been self isolating from work for 2 weeks as I work in a warehouse in which everyone is in contact with each other closely. I cannot work from home as my work is physical. should I be returning to work?

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Hi Harry,

IGAN is autoimmune kidney disease which is chronic. I have Membraneous Nephropathy which is also autoimmune.

I would call your nephrologist and see what his or her opinion is regarding your returning to work in the warehouse as he/ she knows your case best as well as the medications that you are on. Together you both can determine what is best for you as well as whether or not your immune system would make you more susceptible to infection.

Please let me know what the outcome is.

Stay safe, wear your mask and sanitize frequently.

In my thoughts.


Hi Harry, I have IGAN as well. There are several good Facebook groups with folks that have IGAN. This one is a little smaller, but very active.

I agree with Bet that it's best to speak to your nephrologist as they know your physical health and history best. There are several people in the group who are healthcare workers on the front lines and were told it was ok for them to work. There are also several who have contracted the disease and have gotten well, so it is not always a yes or no answer.

Ultimately, you have to look at all the facts and do what you feel is best for you and what you feel most comfortable with. Stress can also affect our kidneys, so if going to work will cause a large amount of stress, it may be wise to stay home longer. I know that even though my kidney function is high, I get sick easily and the last time I caught the flu several years ago, I was sick for almost 2 months and my kidney function dropped 20 points from where it is now. I was able to bring it back up, but took a lot of discipline on my part. It also depends on which part of the country you are in. If there are a lot of cases there and a lot of people dying, you might be wise to stay home. If you are in a state where there are very few cases, then it may be perfectly safe for you to go.

Please feel free to private message me if you would like.

Bet117 in reply to Zazzel

Thanks Zazzel!

Take care of yourself and keep in touch!


Stay well and keep safe. I am self isolating,it is easy for me as I am retired. I am now in my fifth week of self isolation, as I have stage 3b CKD. Kidney function 34%. even a cold can knock me out for a few days/weeks.

Hi Harry. I would say no to that, personally. But perhaps you should ask your physician what they believe would be your best choice. CKD, is a chronic condition that automatically puts you in a compromised position. Technically, everyone, CKD or no CKD, is susceptible to COVID-19. The difference really, is that those of us with compromised immune systems will have a more difficult time fighting the bad effects of the sickness.

As I say, talk it over with your PCP and ask them what your options are. I hope everything works out well for you, dear. Do take good care of yourself, and if you must go out, protect yourself well with the proper masks and gloves. All my best to you! God bless. 😊👍🙏

Bet117 in reply to Sammi_n_Munk

Sending good thoughts and positives to all of our members.

Glyndwright and Sami..

Stay well and know that you are in my thoughts.


Sammi_n_Munk in reply to Bet117

Thank you so much for that Bet! The same thoughts and prayers right back at ya! Stay well and healthy! All my best to you! God bless. 😊👍🙏

Bet117 in reply to Sammi_n_Munk

Thanks! Reach out at any time!

Stay safe!


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