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Do i have covid or need to get tested?

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: May 17, 2020 10:34 AM

Anonymous 6 months

i have fever 38.6 but not cough. however at night it start to cough but not frequently. then on morning, my temperature is down to 37.1 but my cough starting to get frequently. i also have little bit of headache as well.

Dr Sri Viknarajan 6 months
General Practitioner

Greetings. Thank you for your questions.

First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding this issue of coronavirus since we’re in the midst of outbreak.

However, there’s no specific pattern of cough for COVID-19 patient had been reported yet. Nevertheless besides COVID-19 infection, symptoms of cough can be caused by other health problems such as:

On top of that, the signs and symptoms of coronavirus infection are very vague and it mimic other disease as well. Thus, to help the medical profession to decide, we’ll look into the risk of the indvidual. You can 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, you are advises to watch out for your symptoms and 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/.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you to stay put at home as ordered by the authorities and only go out when necessary. With everyone’s cooperation, I hope we can conquer this outbreak before it get any worse. Thank you.

Last Updated: Sun May 17 2020 10:34:46 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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