Alopecia Areata and COVID-19
In these uniquely challenging and isolating times, we want to assure our support for you and the entire community affected by alopecia areata. As the COVID-19 situation unfolds and we learn of new information and guidelines, we will continue to focus on the safety of our community.
Information and Resources
Guidance statements for people living with alopecia areata on the COVID-19 vaccines.Read More
Information and resources on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).Learn More
Learn more about the impact of the disease worldwide from the World Health Organization (WHO).Learn More
Are people with alopecia areata at a higher risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19?
Although, so far there is no evidence to suggest those with alopecia areata are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, if you are on medication that affects your immune system, you may want to be particularly cautious because of the potential for greater risk of complications if infected. According to the National Health Council (NHC), those most at-risk are people over 60 and people who have serious chronic conditions like lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as people taking immunosuppressants.
Mental Health and COVID-19
Mental health burdens are some of the toughest burdens of alopecia areata in the best of times. With the added stress of a pandemic and social isolation, these may be exacerbated. The National Health Council (NHC) hosted an informative webinar addressing the impact of the coronavirus on mental health in the US.   Watch Now
If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety and stress, we encourage you to visit the following websites for information and resources on coping with COVID-19:
NAAF Volunteer Face to Face Meetings
NAAF staff and volunteers throughout the country are still available for support via phone if you want to feel connected to people who understand and care in this time of social distancing. However, in the interest of safety, we ask that all face-to-face meetings and events to be suspended through at least May 31, 2021. This includes support group meetings, legislative meetings, in-person Youth Mentor meetings, and local grassroots awareness and fundraising events. Please check our events calendar for virtual support meetings scheduled on Zoom by support group leaders in your area.
NAAF staff are doing our part to keep ourselves and our community safe, so we are working from home for the foreseeable future. We will still be responsive to emails, and voicemails and gratefully receiving donations through this challenging time. We appreciate your patience and your support.
Our hearts go out to anyone who's been negatively affected by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery.
Thank you for your understanding. Working together, we will come through this an even stronger community.