Organ Transplants Down as Stay-at-Home Rules Reduce Fatal Traffic Collisions

Organ Transplants Down as Stay-at-Home Rules Reduce Fatal Traffic Collisions
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  1. But another article on HN says "Emptier US roads more lethal in coronavirus pandemic, report says ("

    UPDATE: The other article states "14% jump in fatality rates PER DISTANCE DRIVEN." So the roads are more deadly per mile, but the number of drivers has decreased so much that the overall harm is down.

  2. Not one mention in the article about changing the organ donation system to be opt-out. That is such a wasted opportunity given the huge reach of NPR.

  3. I'm in kidney failure and on dialysis. Also on the kidney transplant list and was expecting this would happen pretty early on. The stopping and slowing down of procedures plus the reduction of donor organs. It could easily add an extra year into the wait time. I myself havet 1+ year in the wait list but that will probably extend to 2+ years.

    To give a sense of wait time, it varies from region to region. The bay area region is pretty long wait. I think UCSF is 10+ years of wait for a type O blood recipient. In Sacramento area its a 5+ year wait. If you are type AB blood the wait is almost half the time. Some parts of the country the wait times is as short at 1 year.

    Although I am somewhat eager for kidney transplant, I also know its not a cure. They might last 10-15 years before you get rejection and have to get another transplant or go back on dialysis. But the anti-rejection medications have slowly improved. Mainly been trying to stay as healthy and stable as possible.

    The stay-at-home rules has also been a blessing though because I do home dialysis and that takes a lot of time so not having to travel to work means extra time is available. I even have more time for exercise. My current job has generally been flexible before but I hope more companies will offer remote work after this. Even an extra half hour lost on commute hampers my treatment schedule.


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