Is hair loss a symptom of coronavirus?

COVID-19 has shown to affect different people in different ways, including the severity of the symptoms.

But what are the symptoms of coronavirus and is hair loss one? Here is everything you'll need to know…

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Is hair loss a coronavirus symptom?

Although hair loss is not one of the common symptoms of coronavirus, some people who have had the virus claim it as a side-effect.

Louise Barnes told the East Anglian Daily Times that she has been suffering from hair loss along with other symptoms months after falling ill.

Despite testing negative 14 weeks ago, the 46-year-old believes she had the virus in March.

Dermatologists in the U.S noticed a rise in appointments made by nervous individuals who reported seeing clumps of hair on their pillow or in the shower.

However, this is due to higher levels of stress that the coronavirus outbreak has caused rather than it being a symptom of the virus itself.

Most of these patients have existing disorders that have reportedly gotten worse, while others are new to the stress that is hair loss.

People can also lose their hair from a phenomenon known as seasonal shedding, where predisposed people tend to lose their hair between March and May.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

As Covid-19 is a new virus, experts are still working to understand it.

However, health officials say the most common symptoms of coronavirus infection usually include:

  1. A dry cough
  2. A high temperature
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Muscle pain
  5. Fatigue

Some people will not develop all of these symptoms –  and some might not even show symptoms at all, experts say.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK's chief scientific adviser, said: "It looks quite likely that there is some degree of asymptomatic transmission.

"There’s definitely quite a lot of transmission very early in the disease when there are very mild symptoms."

The only proven symptoms of coronavirus, and therefore the only ones which require further action, are a dry cough, a fever/high temperature and shortage of breath.

However, there are a number of other mild symptoms which have been experienced by some patients. These include:

  1. Stomach ache
  2. Eye infections and loss of taste/smell
  3. Brain fog
  4. Fatigue

How can I get a test?

You can order a coronavirus test for free from the NHS website – found here.

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