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Coughing & slight sore throat

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: March 21, 2020 2:34 PM

flowiechin 8 months

Hi. I have been having this cough for more than 2 months. It occur normally in the morning when my throat feels very dry but once I drink cold water (warm or room temperature doesnt help) than its ok. The past 3-4 days I have a slight sore throat but after gargling with warm salt water it seem ok.
I have not traveled overseas for 4months, I havent been in contact with anyone positive with Covid19. Me & my husband are retired, we don’t socialize much.
My question is…should I go to the Klinik Kesihatan because of my cough or should I go to a Covid19 hospital to get a test.?
Thanks

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 8 months
General Practitioner

Thank you for your questions.

First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding your symptoms and other health problems you might be facing.

However, only from the symptoms, it is difficult to distinguish coronavirus infection from other health problems that manifest almost similar symptoms as COVID-19. 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.

Last Updated: Sat Mar 21 2020 14:34:03 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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