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According to a new report, pandemic stress will cause people to lose their hair.
In a racially diverse community in New York City, rates of a hair loss disease called telogen effluvium (TE) increased by more than 400 percent by midsummer, researchers report in Reuters’ Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
The frequency of TE cases was 0.4 percent from November 2019 to February 2020 .
The rate had increased to 2.3 percent by August, they found. “It is unclear whether the increase in TE cases is more related to the physiologic toll of infection or extreme emotional stress,” said co-author Dr.
Shoshana Marmon of the Hospital of Coney Island.
The increase was mainly due to TE in people of color, particularly in the Hispanic community, “consistent with the disproportionately high mortality rate of this subgroup of the population due to covid-19 in NYC,” the authors said.
Among smaller non-white minorities, TE rates also rose, but not among blacks, who were also heavily affected by Covid-19.
Adam Friedman, who was not involved in the research, from the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said he also noticed a rise in TE “and the timing makes perfect sense because the onset of shedding typically occurs three months after the traumatic event,” which would correlate to the onset of the pandemic.
WHO Emergency Director Michael Ryan said there was a surge of anticipation as vaccinations started to flow last month, but people were unable to breathe a sigh of relief and let their guard down against the disease.
“We’re all in for the year.
It is a very, very long struggle,’ he said.
“We still have a long, hard path ahead of us for three or six months.
Yet we’re willing to make it.
“The cavalry is coming, the vaccines are coming – but they’re not there yet for most people in the world.”
As for the recent virus mutations found in the UK and South Africa, there appears to be a rise in transmissibility but no apparent improvement in the seriousness of the disease, Van Kerkhove said.
The U.S. expert said that the faster-spreading mutation is “not catastrophic in the sense that it means it’s out of control and there’s nothing we can do,” because the fundamental steps in place to avoid the spread of the virus are still working.
Ryan said there was “absolutely no evidence” that the vaccines would not function against the new variants as created.
But, he added, “it is relatively easy to tweak the vaccines even if there is a change.”
“they can become more infectious, but they rarely become more severe because it’s not in their best interest,” he explained.
World Health Organization experts warned Wednesday that before vaccines turn the tide against the coronavirus pandemic, there may be another six months of “hard, hard work” until 2021.
The WHO technical leader for Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, said the situation in many countries is very worrisome — and will get worse.
“In a handful of countries, transmission is really incredibly intense,” she said, especially in Europe and North America, with “some really scary numbers in terms of cases, hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units,”
Over the Christmas and New Year era, the social mixing of households would lead to a further rise in case numbers in January, she said during a live event on the WHO social media platforms.
We are now beginning to see it; we are going to see it in the coming weeks.
We’re going to see the situation get worse in several countries before it gets better,” she said.
Five months after President Donald Trump called the U.S. state’s pandemic response exemplary, health experts cautioned that Arizona has become the “covid hotspot of the world,”
“It’s already much worse than it was in July, and it’s going to get worse. We’re probably two weeks behind LA in terms of where we are,” said Will Humble, president of the Arizona Public Health Association, referring to Los Angeles County, where an oxygen shortage has been exacerbated by a coronavirus wave.
With one in 119 M last week, the situation has prompted ambulance crews to stop transporting patients they can’t resuscitate on the scene.