Actor with COVID-19 reveals shocking hair loss

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano, the actor who starred in hit TV dramas Charmed and My Name is Earl, has revealed shocking hair loss caused by having COVID-19.

Milano, the 47-year-old who has two children with second husband David Bugliari, made a video of her hair loss days after revealing that she had been fighting COVID-19 for four months.

An online survey of 1500 survivors of COVID-19 suggested more than a quarter experience some amount of hair loss, with dozens of people sharing photos of their scalps, saying their hair fall is extreme.

Milano shows her own hair loss in a confronting video posted on Twitter.

After silently brushing her hair for less than a minute, Milano holds the resulting clump of hair up to the camera.

“One brushing. This is my hair loss from COVID-19. Wear a damn mask,” said Milano.

Alyssa Milano first went public on her COVID-19 infection on social media last week, posting a photo of herself hooked up to an oxygen mask and listing the terrifying symptoms she experienced as she battled the deadly coronavirus.

“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 (4kg) in two weeks. I was confused. Low-grade fever. And the headaches were horrible.”

Milano said she tested negative for COVID-19 twice during her ordeal, despite displaying “every COVID symptom” and labelled the US testing system “flawed”.

“After living the last four 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 COVID-19,” she revealed.

“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),” Milano wrote.

The survey of more than 1,500 people in the Survivor Corp Facebook group, 27% of people recovering from COVID-19 said they had experienced hair loss.

People recovering from COVID-19 have taken to online communities like Facebook and Reddit to share their experiences with one another, as there’s little published research about the long-term effects of COVID-19 available for survivors.

Survivors have said their doctors have reassured them their hair loss is temporary and could be attributed to stress, or a condition called telogen effluvium.

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