More than a fifth of coronavirus patients lose their hair within six months of being infected, according to a new study.

And women are more at risk, scientists claim, following the research of patients who were hospitalised in Wuhan, China.

Scientists who were analysing long-term symptoms of Covid discovered that a total of 359 patients out of 1,655 suffered with hair loss.

The findings, which are published The Lancet, also found that fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and joint pain were also ‘primary long-term symptoms.’

Research authors who carried out the investigation said that the long-term effects of the virus ‘remain largely unclear.’

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Women were said to be more likely to suffer from hair loss post-Covid
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Researchers went on to say that alopecia – or hair loss – was ‘more common in women than in men’, as was physical decline or fatigue and post-activity polypnoea – rapid breathing.

Report authors said in their findings: “At six months after acute infection, Covid-19 survivors were mainly troubled with fatigue or muscle weakness, sleep difficulties, and anxiety or depression.

“Patients who were more severely ill during their hospital stay had more severe impaired pulmonary diffusion capacities and abnormal chest imaging manifestations, and are the main target population for intervention of long-term recovery.”

The study was carried out on patients with confirmed Covid who had been discharged from Jin Yin-tan Hospital in the ground zero cty of Wuhan.

The analysis was conducted between Jan 7 and May 29 last year.

After recovering and being discharged they were later interviewed with a series of questionnaires by researchers.

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Patients in the Chinese city of Wuhan were the focus of the new research
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This was to evaluate their symptoms and health-related quality of life, and to undergo physical examinations and a six-minute walking test, as well as blood tests.

After six months of testing positive the most common symptom reported was fatigue or muscle weakness, at 63 per cent.

This was followed by difficulty getting to sleep, at 26 per cent. Anxiety or depression was also reported among 23 per cent of patients.

Hair loss was reported in 22 per cent of patients.

The NHS does not list hair loss as a symptom of coronavirus and says people can lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, often without noticing.

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