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Hundreds of Covid-19 survivors are reporting hair loss, sometimes dramatic, often weeks after recovering. Experts say the outcome is not a symptom, but a result of physical or emotional stress. And, they say, it’s not surprising.

“We are seeing patients who had Covid-19 two to three months ago and are now experiencing hair loss,” says Shilpi Khetarpal, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Other people who have not had Covid-19 are experiencing hair loss due to the stress of the pandemic, Khetarpal says.

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Kirk Peffer, 39, started noticeably losing his hair in his late twenties.

“It was just like a slow, gradual decline to a point where you’re like, ‘Man, I really wish I could do something about this,’” says the on-air jockey for 94.5 Bay FM in San Jose, CA. “For the longest time I kind of defined myself by my hair, and so losing it was a blow to me as a person, or at least, my confidence.”

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