Celebrities Open Up About Their Coronavirus Symptoms
The actress got candid about her lingering symptoms by sharing a video to Instagram to show the hair loss she’s experienced as a “long hauler,” a term medical professionals use to refer to someone who suffers from long-lasting COVID-19 symptoms.
“Thought I’d show you what #Covid19 does to your hair,” Milano captioned the clip on August 9, 2020. “Please take this seriously. #WearADamnMask #LongHauler.”
In the footage, Milano combs through her hair with a detangler brush to reveal clumps of hair that fall out with every stroke. “One brushing, this is my hair loss from COVID-19,” she says as she holds up a small pile of hair.
Hair loss is one of the symptoms reported by former coronavirus patients in a survey conducted by Dr. Natalie Lambert from Indiana University School of Medicine with Survivor Corps, a grassroots movement that helps to educate COVID-19 survivors and connect them with resources. In the survey of more than 1,500 people, over 400 participants said they experienced hair loss as a part of their recovery.
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The Younger Star explained on Instagram that “about a month ago my entire home (husband and two teen daughters) got an odd bug – Low grade fever, headaches, sore throat, body aches, ears ringing and a dry cough. It cleared up quickly. Seasonal I thought? but it felt unusual/different.”
After some time had passed, Mazar woke up one day with a high fever and “super intense body aches.”
“Two weeks later, March 15th, I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches, and 102.4 fever. I figured maybe I got the flu or..Corona?” she wrote.
After finding out that she had tested positive, Mazar hopes she’s already “been through the worst” of her illness. “Its very ‘morphy.’ One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal,“ she said.
“Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough. I can breath, and I’m going to heal here, in my own home!” she added, noting that the rest of her family, who have no symptoms, are also under quarantine for 14 days.
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