Muscle and joint pain, memory loss, fatigue, kidney, heart or respiratory damage… These are all sequelae from which people who have been infected by the coronavirus may suffer. But some patients may face other consequences of the disease. This is the case of American actress Alyssa Milano: she suffers from hair loss, which she associates with Covid-19.
Covid-19: symptoms that persist several months after infection
The 47-year-old star revealed that she had been affected by the coronavirus when she posted a photo of her wearing an oxygen mask from April 5 on August 5. “I had never been so sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe anymore. I couldn’t keep the food inside. I lost 4 pounds in two weeks. I was confused. Fever slight. And the headache were horrible “, she said.
Several months after her infection, Alyssa Milano says she suffered persistent symptoms of Covid-19, including dizziness, stomach problems, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, short-term memory loss or still a general feeling of unease.
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This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom. At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative. I also took a covid antibody test (the finger prick test) after I was feeling a bit better. NEGATIVE. After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19. I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers. I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying. I will be donating my plasma with hopes that I might save a life. Please take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. Be well. I love you all (well, maybe not the trolls. Just the kind people.)❤️
Covid-19: hair loss, a sequel to the disease?
Even today, Alyssa Milano’s ordeal is still not over. She now suffers the after-effects of the disease and alerts in particular to an atypical consequence of Covid-19: hair loss.
In a video posted Monday, August 10 on social networks, the actress films herself brushing her hair. “I’ll show you what Covid-19 does to your hair. Take this seriously. Wear a damn masque“, she writes. She then shows the many locks that fall when she runs her brush through her hair.
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Thought I’d show you what #Covid19 does to your hair. Please take this seriously. #WearADamnMask #LongHauler
A survey conducted by Natalie Lambert, professor at Indiana University (United States), on 1,500 people who have been affected by the coronavirus was interested in hair loss. Relayed by the New York Post, this survey reveals that a third of the people questioned suffered from a more significant loss of their hair since they had been affected by the Covid-19.
If Alyssa Milano has told about her difficult journey in the face of the disease, it is to raise awareness. “I want you to know that this disease is not a hoax. I thought I was dying (…) Please take care of yourself. Please take care of yourself. wash your hands, wear a mask and respect the social distancing. I don’t want anyone to feel what I felt “, she said in her post of August 5.
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