Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli
I am a 35 years old lady. I have casual contact (within 1 meter but less than 15 minutes) with my colleague on 16th March. She received positive screening results for COVID-19 on 18th March based on the samples taken on 13th March. Accordingly, I was told to self-quarantine and self-monitoring until 31st March. However, since 19th March, I have slight dry cough, on and off chest pain, as well as a blocked nose. I am not sure whether this is symptom of COVID-19 because chest pain is on and off but not when I cough. Instead of running nose, my nose is blocked but without mucus. The symptoms above are symptoms of catching a cold, COVID-19 or other reason?
Thank you for your questions. First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding this current issue of coronavirus outbreak.
However, it is difficult to distinguish coronavirus infection from other health problems that manifest almost similar symptoms. Thus, you are encouraged to answer the quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate your health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, you will be classified into several categories with appropriate steps that should be taken. This initiative done to reduce crowd coming to hospital to do screening in fear of coronavirus. It is as well as to limit your movement out from home without any solid reason.
As for now, i highly encourage you to monitor your symptoms in case it is getting worse. On top of that, you are advises to follow these guidelines from Centre of Disease Control (CDC) as preventive measure:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
You may consult a MOH doctor by clicking Ask Doctor at the Ministry of Health website (COVID-19 Portal) to ask any health issues related to COVID-19 starting from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.
After 5.00 pm till 12.00 am, please direct your enquiries to our DoctorOnCall website at this link https://www.doctoroncall.com.my/tanya/.
Taking this opportunity, I would like to remind you to stay put at home as ordered by the authorities. With everyone’s cooperation, I hope we can conquer this outbreak before it get any worse. Thank you.