Friday, July 31, 2020

Lasting effects of COVID-19

Sheesh, as if we don't have enough to stress about. There are some worrisome considerations when it comes to COVID-19 and our hair. 

Early on during the Coronavirus outbreak, hospitals put out a call for hairnets, because the virus can remain on hair up to 72 hours. That said, as Forbes magazine writer Bruce Y. Lee has pointed out in the May 2020 article "How Long Can The COVID-19 Coronavirus Live On Your Hair?", there are very few ways our hair might come in contact with the virus -- for instance, if someone sneezes or coughs near your head, or pats your head with contaminated hands.

Then, there's this unfortunate development. Aftereffects of becoming ill due to COVID-19 has caused hair loss for some people, even three months after originally contracting the virus.

"'It tends to be in people who have pretty severe cases that we've seen it,' Dr Nate Favini, the medical lead at Forward, ... told Business Insider." [published at sciencealert.com]
Sigh. Please do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Please wear a mask.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hair statements

(Thanks to friend Eric Lord for cluing me in to this amazing hair, and woman.)

Photo courtesy of The Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the
Russian Federation / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)

Valentina Petrenko, pictured above, is a Russian politician who has served as a Russian Federation Senator from Khakassia since 2001. (This, and more, at Wikipedia.)

Her hair makes a definite statement. Perhaps not surprisingly, big hair is a cultural thing in Russia. In the article "The Hair That Launched a Thousand Tweets" at the Messy Nessy website, journalist Anna Nemtsova offers this explanation.
As for the hair, well, it’s not actually that uncommon in Russia.To Westerners, the big hair trend brings back somewhat unfortunate memories of the ‘80’s, but to ordinary Russians, the style is associated with an “important” woman who has reached a respectful age. The look is normally accessorized with large and expensive gemstone earrings, long nails, and broad-shouldered jackets. [It’s a] self-defensive move.
In addition to speaking Russian, Petrenko speaks Polish, English, and Spanish. When she was serving as a member of the Russian Foreign Ministry in 1993 she negotiated the release of child hostages for which she was awarded the Order "For Personal Courage." (Details at "Who Is Valentina Petrenko?")