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Difficulty breathing and flu like symptoms

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: March 27, 2020 1:52 PM

anand0412 8 months


  1. Slight itch in the throat about 3 days ago;

  2. Intermittent mild runny nose past 2 days. I sneezed once today.

  3. Tight in the chest but can hold breath longer than 10 seconds.

  4. Slight muscle ache to n the legs although I did no physical activities

  5. No fever.

I’m worried if I have the covid 19.

However, I haven’t been in close contact with any strangers at all. The only places I travelled in the pass 2 weeks are Shah Alam Court, Shah Alam land office and local supermarkets. I live in Rawang. I don’t wear mask but have always kept 1 meter distance from people and washed hands after touching anything. Should I be worried?

On a separate note, I do have a problem where if I read about symptoms,I will feel like I have it. My brain is wierd. So I try not to read into it too much.

Dr Sri Viknarajan 8 months
General Practitioner


We understand your worries especially with the development of symptoms indicative but not exclusive of COVID-19.

Difficulty breathing can be due to other health conditions apart from COVID such as:

  • upper respiratory tract infection (common cold)
  • anemia
  • asthma
  • pneumonia
  • copd

The needs of screening test depends on your risk profile. To assess your risk, 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.

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.

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