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COVID19 among workers

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: January 23, 2021 8:45 AM

Anonymous 33 days

I have staff who are exposed to close contact of positive cases.
Since there’s delay in KKM testing, should we test the close contact to ascertain if they’re positive or otherwise, or instead test our staff whom are exposed to the close contact?
And which test to use, PCR or RTK?

Dr Ramzdhan 33 days
General Practitioner

Thank you for your question.

We understand your worries especially regarding the close contact to a positive COVID-19 patient. 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

If they are close contact of a positive case it is wise to get a screening test done. You may click on this link to directly request a COVID-19 screening test.

Meanwhile waiting for further instructions from the District Health Office, try to maintain physical and social distance between close friends and family members.

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.

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:

Boost your immune system with a balanced diet and good nutrition.

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