Alyssa Milano revealed on Twitter Sunday that she is dealing with hair loss after testing positive for Covid-19 antibodies.
Fever & Headache
The actress has been battling symptoms of the virus since March when she said she began experiencing fever and headache.
“Thought I’d show you what #Covid19 does to your hair,” Milano tweeted along with the video. “Please take this seriously.”
In the video, she shows her clean detangling brush before brushing her wet hair.
“I just wanted to show you the amount of hair that is coming out of my head as a result of Covid,” Milano said in the video.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 9, 2020
Holding up a large clump of hair in front of the camera she added, “One brushing, this is my hair loss from Covid-19. Wear a d*** mask.”
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on PrimeTime and infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner last week, the actress said she was waiting for advice from doctors on what to do now that she is in recovery, noting that it’s not clear what next steps she should take.
“My question is there is no guidance on what to do once you recover. I don’t know if I should go get my heart checked, my lungs checked. There’s concerns about the vascular system. Do I need to go get a panel for all of that?”
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This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom. At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative. I also took a covid antibody test (the finger prick test) after I was feeling a bit better. NEGATIVE. After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19. I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers. I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying. I will be donating my plasma with hopes that I might save a life. Please take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. Be well. I love you all (well, maybe not the trolls. Just the kind people.)❤️
“There’s no guidance because this is all so new,” she added.
Schaffner said while there are no next steps that have been established yet, anyone still experiencing symptoms like Milano should continue to see their primary physician for care.
Milano has been suffering from several symptoms for months, she said in an Instagram post last week.
“This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks,” she posted along with a photo showing her wearing a breathing apparatus.
“I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell,” she wrote. “It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks.
“I basically had every Covid symptom,” Milano wrote, adding that although she had tested negative for the virus twice, she has since tested positive for antibodies.
“I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies,” she wrote. “I had Covid19. I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers.”
The actress implored her followers to wear masks, social distance and wash their hands because she doesn’t want anyone else to feel as horrible as she did.
“I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax,” she added. “I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying.”
“I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt.”
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