Among members of Survivor Corps, an online support group for COVID-19 survivors, about a third (32 percent) say they’ve had hair loss, said Natalie Lambert, an associate research professor in biostatistics at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis who conducts surveys of the group. A study published in The Lancet found that more than 1 in 5 hospitalized COVID-19 patients (22 percent) were still losing hair six months after discharge.

Hair loss after COVID-19 probably isn’t caused by the virus attacking hair follicles, doctors say. Instead, they think it’s most likely a reaction to the physiological and emotional stress brought on by the disease.

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