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Loss / Decreased Smell & taste

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: June 2, 2021 10:27 PM

Anonymous 59 days

Hello doctor, for how long should I quarantine myself if I started to experience loss/decreased smell & taste on MAY 28 ?

I have received notification from MySejahtera on 26 MAY stated I’m a casual contact.

I have done RT-PCR test on MAY 29 and RTK on MAY 31. Both result is negative.

Should I redo RT-PCR test before I ended my quarantine ?

Thank you.

Dr Sashini Seeni 59 days
General Practitioner

Thank you for your question.
From the question and statement you gave on the above section, your status was changed to Casual contact and you are experiencing loss of smell/taste until today, is this correct ? let me know if this is not your concern.

For your information, loss of smell and taste can be caused by:

  • Colds
  • Allergies
  • Nasal polyps

Some serious conditions include:

  • Sinus infections
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • COVID-19 infections

Furthermore, we understand your worries especially towards a potential close contact and possible positive symptoms of COVID-19

For your information, WHO listed common symptoms for COVID-19 infection as follows:

  • fever (37.5°C or higher) or history of fever (night sweats, chills)
  • cough
  • shortness of breath (difficulty breathing).
  • runny nose
  • loss of taste
  • loss of smell
  • sore throat

I would highly recommend you to speak with our doctor via teleconsultation who can assess your symptoms and offer further advice.

Or you can contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC). Other than that, do practice good hand hygiene and wear your face mask in public.

CPRC contact:

We hope this answers your questions. Thank You

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Last Updated: Wed Jun 02 2021 22:27:55 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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