Does sunlight have any effect on COVID-19?

Dr. Jen Ashton answers questions about newborns, hair loss and more.
2:25 | 09/29/20

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Let's get to our viewers' questions. Let's start with hair loss, question one from a viewer, has there been any documentation of hair loss as a side effect of covid-19? A lot, you guys. I'm hearing more and more about this every single day. From viewers and from my patients. This is the typical time period we'd expect to see a hair loss, which we can see after a stressful, physical or in some cases emotional trauma acutely. It happens three to five months later. The good news is, most of the time that hair growth will restore itself, but it can take months for that to happen, because such is the life cycle of a hair follicle. Earlier, we were talking about pediatrics and covid-19. This is a very specific question. Have we seen any adverse covid-19-related effects on newborns? Very, very limited data, what's available right now suggests luckily there have been no major, major case reports of acutely ill neonats, even though who have moms who are covid positive in the delivery room. Again, we know that newborns are very vulnerable to all types of infections. Medically, socially, everyone ring on the side of caution. Masks, gowns, handwashing. Very tough situation. Next up here, does the sun have any effects on covid-19? All right, T.J., any virus -- in fact, most pathogens can be deactivated when exposed to sunlight. The question is, how much sunlight for how long period of a time, and we also have to say, unfortunately, we do have to make this crystal clear -- not once covid is in the body you can go out and get all the sunlight you want and it's not going to do anything to sars cov-2. You need to balance that. Get some sunlight, some vitamin D. But not an instanteous demolition of the virus. That doctor speak. You can submit your questions to Dr. Jen on her Instagram @drjashton. All right, imagine walking

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