Coronavirus is an infectious disease that has been confirmed in more than 25 million people across the world. You could be at risk of the deadly infection if you develop unexplained hair loss, it’s been revealed.
The UK-wide lockdown is slowly being eased, as shoppers are now allowed to explore the high-street in England, provided they remain socially-distanced.
You can also visit someone else’s garden, as long as there aren’t more than six people in the garden at once, and you can now go inside other people’s houses.
But the government has still advised the public to remain at home as much as possible, in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
You may be at risk of coronavirus, and should consider self-isolating, if you have hair loss without any obvious cause.
COVID-19 could lead to a some patients losing their hair, according to Bond University’s dermatologist Michael Freeman.
Hair loss may be casued by the body fighting against an infection, he said.
But just because you’re losing your hair, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have coronavirus.
Hair loss is very common, and may be caused by a number of conditions.
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“As the pandemic progresses, we’re growing increasingly aware COVID-19 affects multiple parts of the body beyond the lungs,” Freeman wrote for The Conversation.
“We’ve seen reports of skin symptoms ranging from ‘COVID toes’ to hair loss, and different types of rashes.
“Hair loss occurs in many severe illnesses, including COVID-19.
“This is the body shutting down unnecessary activity in times of stress. Provided people’s iron levels are normal, the hair will recover in time.”
Hair loss can be a natural part of the ageing process, and most of the time, it’s nothing to worry about.
But on rare occasions, it could be a tell-tale sign of another medical condition.
You should speak to a doctor if you suddenly start losing your hair, or if you develop bald patches.
There are treatments for hair loss – including transplants – but they aren’t available on the NHS, and you’ll need to pay for them.
Anybody that feels hot to the touch on their chest or back could be showing early coronavirus symptoms.
Similarly, anyone that’s been coughing more than usual for longer than a one-hour period, or if they’ve had at least three coughing episodes every 24 hours, should self-isolate.
Some patients have also reported a sore throat, headaches, and even hiccups.
More than 46,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK.