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Pandemic-related hair loss can be alarming. Here’s how to cope with locks that are less than lush.
It’s jolting to notice handfuls of hair clustered in the shower drain or matted on your hairbrush. But if you’ve had COVID-19 within the past several months, this distressing hair loss is probably not a coincidence.
The phenomenon — additional fallout from the global pandemic — is still catching sufferers off-guard. But Harvard experts echo national statistics that report excessive strand-shedding among a significant proportion of people infected with the virus.
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Maureen Salamon, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
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