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Flu and headache, but no fever. Should test or no need?

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: March 25, 2020 9:47 AM

Anonymous 15 days

60 yr old woman, has headache and flu since this morning (25 March). No fever, no cough, no sore throat. Hasn’t left the country since December 2019, last trip was to Hatyai. Only trips out of house since MCO have been to buy food. Should go get tested for COVID or no need?

Dr Sashini Seeni 15 days
General Practitioner

Thank you for your question.

First and foremost, I understand your concern regarding this issue of coronavirus since there’s an outbreak of the virus.

From your given situation I would advice you 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 an advice on the next appropriate steps that you should take.

Nevertheless, you should watch out for your current symptom and development of any other such as

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body ache
  • Sore throat
  • Headache

In the meantime, it is very crucial for you to follow this step from Centre of Disease Control (CDC) to prevent from contracting or spreading the virus:

  • 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

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