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Coughing but RTK shown negative

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: May 29, 2021 7:46 PM

Anonymous 2 months

I had started coughing for a week and I took RTK-Antigen test. The result was negative. Should I take RT-PCR?

Dr Sashini Seeni 2 months
General Practitioner

Greetings! Thank you for your questions.

We understand your concern regarding your inquiry especially during this time. In general, if anyone happens to be a close contact with an infected individuals, he or she should practice self quarantine and need to do their swab test as soon as possible. In your case, you need to do self quarantine (at least 10 days) and do the swab test. However more, information is needed to assess the whole picture.

According to the Ministry of Health, close contact refers to either:

  • Health care-associated exposure, including providing direct care for COVID-19 patients, working with health care workers infected with COVID-19, visiting patients or staying in the same close environment of a COVID-19 patient.
  • Working together in close proximity or sharing the same classroom environment with a with COVID-19 patient
  • Traveling together with COVID-19 patient in any kind of conveyance
  • Living in the same household as a COVID-19 patient

Please monitor for your symptoms in the mean time as well. According to WHO, the common symptoms of COVID-19 infection are:

  • Fever (more than 37.5 degrees celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sorethroat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

I would also encourage you to answer this quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate their health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, you will be classified into several categories. Further instructions will be given at the end of the quiz. Please act accordingly.

Meanwhile try to maintain physical and social distance between close friends and family members. You may also click on this link to directly request a COVID-19 screening test.

But if you want to seek a second opinion, you may try to contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC). Other than that, do practice good hand hygiene and normalize wearing face mask in public.

CPRC contact:
0388810200
+60178429454
cprc@moh.gov.my

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Click on this link ( DoctorOnCall ) to talk online with our certified doctors. Thank you

Last Updated: Sat May 29 2021 19:46:10 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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