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Covid-19 Inquiry For Suspected Close Contact

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: January 18, 2021 5:17 AM

Anonymous 45 days

Hi Doc. I have some enquiries. I’ve met with a work colleague on Tuesday (12th Jan). And yesterday Sunday (17th Jan) she informed me that she was confirmed with +ve Covid-19. She said that she had met with another friend, whom later informed her that she was a confirmed +ve Covid-19 too. And that friend of mine asked me to do a swab test as well. And i just came back from jogging when she texted me.

Doc, do i still need to do a swab test? Because until today i do not have any simptoms. And if i do, is there any free swab-testing still available in my area as i am staying in Ampang? I tried to call Ampang Hospital and the KKM Hotline for clarification but unreachable.

Dr Sri Viknarajan 45 days
General Practitioner

Thank you for your question.

We understand your worries especially regarding the close contact to a positive COVID-19 patient. For your information, COVID-19 screening is usually subjected to patients that have experienced an ongoing fever. Although the criteria may change according to the situation, it is best that you seek immediate help from the nearby clinic or hospital as soon as possible. As far as I’m concerned, once you are considered a close contact to a positive coronavirus patient, you are required to do COVID-19 screening as well.

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Additonally, WHO listed common symptoms for COVID-19 infection as follows:

  • Fever (more than 37.5 degrees Celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

However, the onset of these symptoms may vary according to different individuals, ranging from few days to about 2 weeks after the virus transmission. On top of that, there were cases of asymptomatic carrier. Those that are able to transmit the virus without having any symptoms or complication of their own.

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

  • Health care-associated exposure, including providing direct care for 2019-nCoV patients, working with health care workers infected with 2019-nCoV, visiting patients or staying in the same close environment of a 2019nCoV patient.
  • Working together in close proximity or sharing the same classroom environment with a with 2019-nCoV patient
  • Traveling together with 2019-nCoV patient in any kind of conveyance
  • Living in the same household as a 2019-nCoV patient

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:

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Last Updated: Mon Jan 18 2021 05:17:41 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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