Pink eye and hair loss among signs you may have had Covid-19 and didn’t know


Despite 400 million tests being carried out since the start of the pandemic, some people will have had the virus and not even known

While more traditional signs, such as a fever, difficulty breathing and having a cough, are indicators, there are other symptoms you may not be aware of.
While more traditional signs, such as a fever, difficulty breathing and having a cough, are indicators, there are other symptoms you may not be aware of

The UK has hit a record number of Covid infections recording 183,037 cases, up over 50,000 from 129,471 cases on Tuesday.

And although there has been around 400 million tests carried out since the start of the pandemic, according to a government spokesperson, some people will have had the virus and not even known.

While more traditional signs, such as a fever, difficulty breathing and having a cough, are indicators, there are other symptoms you may not be aware of.

However, when in doubt, it’s essential that you self-isolate and book an appointment for a Covid-19 test to prevent the spread of the virus.

A more common sign that you had Covid-19 is the loss of your taste and ability to smell
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Hair loss

Hair loss is not on the list of common signs of Covid-19, however, many people diagnosed with the virus have shared their experience with losing volume and shedding hair.

The phenomenon is currently being researched, however, the American Academy of Dermatology Association share that there is one reason this could be happening – a fever.

It’s common that those who experience a fever may deal with hair shedding known as telogen effluvium.

This occurs when more hairs enter their “shedding” phase than normal which is part of the hair growth lifecycle.

Having a fever can actually force more hairs than normal into this phase, resulting in temporary hair loss.

Pink eye

Developing pink eye or conjunctivitis after having Covid-19 can occur due to how the virus enters your body.

According to Healthline, Covid-19 is believed to enter your cells through receptors for the enzyme called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).

It’s able to enter as it tricks these receptors into believing it’s actually the ACE2 enzyme instead of SARS-CoV-2.

These ACE2 receptors are found in different parts of the eye, including your retina and epithelial cells which line the white of your eye and eyelid.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recently released 18 signs that indicate you’ve had COVID and still have ” Long COVID ” symptoms

Not only can you develop pink eye, but you could also get other eye-related symptoms:

  • dry eyes
  • swelling
  • excessive tearing
  • increased eye secretions

Loss of taste and smell

A more common sign that you had Covid-19 is the loss of your taste and ability to smell.

A study showed that around 47% of people develop this symptom and it was most common in people with mild to moderate disease.

However, it’s been found that approximately 90% of those affected should get their ability to taste and smell back gradually within four weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recently released 18 signs that indicate you’ve had COVID and still have ” Long COVID ” symptoms.

In this, the body included shortness of breath, fatigue, symptoms that worsen after mental or physical activity, ‘brain fog’, coughing, chest or stomach pain, headaches and a pounding heart.

Also included are joint or muscle pain, pins-and-needles feeling, diarrhea, sleep problems, fever, dizziness on standing (lightheadedness), rashes, mood changes, change in smell or taste and changes in menstrual period cycles.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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