Actress Alyssa Milano has opened up about her battle with COVID-19, saying she is now experiencing. In a video posted on Twitter on Sunday, Milan combed her hair to show she was falling out, in tufts.
“Thought I would show you what # Covid19 does to your hair. Please take this seriously,” Milan wrote in the caption.
She shared the video to spread a simple message. “Wear a damn mask,” she said.
The actress is not the only person reporting hair loss as a result of COVID-19. While not a symptom on the official CDC list, a recent study found that about 26% of people with long-term coronavirus symptoms said they suffered hair loss.
The survey was conducted by Survivor Corps, a group that provides resources for coronavirus survivors. The group asked more than 1,500 patients to report what symptoms they had, including those not on the CDC list such as weight gain, blocked ears and hair loss.
The researchers found that “COVID-19 symptoms of tall carriers are much more numerous than those currently listed on the CDC website,” the study said. Over 400 respondents said they suffered hair loss.
Many people in the Facebook group Survivor Corps have been open about their hair loss after their COVID-19 battles, asking others for advice. In July, a woman posted that ever since she was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Mars, her hair was dying in “massive tufts!”
Dr Shilpi Khetarpal, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, said there have been an increasing number of reports of hair loss from COVID-19 patients. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the phenomenon called telogen effluvium is to blame. It is a form of painless hair loss that comes from an abnormal change in follicular cycling.
Overall, there is a two to three month delay between a stressful event and the onset of hair loss, which is “why are we seeing these patients now, a few weeks after the COVID-19 symptoms resolve,” Khetarpal said.
According to a previous post on Instagram, Milan began to feel coronavirus symptoms sometime in March. Last week, she shared a photo of herself, taken on April 2, after being ill for two weeks. “I’ve never been so sick. Everything hurt. Loss of wind. I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I could not breathe. I could not hold food in me. I lost in 9 at 2 “I was confused. Low-grade fever. And the headaches were terrible. I basically had every Covid symptom,” she wrote in the post.
Milan said that after the first negative test for coronavirus and antibodies, she continued to have symptoms for four months – “like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, short-term zero memory and general misuse” – so she took another antibody test. Turned positive, meaning she actually had COVID-19.
“I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we do not know the real numbers. I also want you to know, this disease is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. I felt like yes “I was dying,” she wrote on Instagram. “I will donate my plasma in the hope that I can save a life. Please take care of yourself. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. “I do not want anyone to feel the way I did.”