In a paper published earlier this month, board-certified dermatologists from New York City reported a 400% increase in telogen effluvium (TE) cases, also known as hair shedding, in the city’s Hispanic and Latinx population this past summer. Because this phenomenon can be triggered in the months following extreme stress, researchers suggest it’s a new indication that the pandemic hit specific populations especially hard after ravaging New York in March.

The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,looked at the number of hair shedding cases in dermatology clinics serving two safety-net hospitals in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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