Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli
I’m 25 years old dan my symptoms started from fever on 16th March. Then it escalated to sore throats, flu and cough. But the past 3 days I have been having chest pain and body aches too. Me and my husband previously travelled a lot within Klang Valley because we’re freelancers. I already went to Putrajaya hospital but they don’t have any testing. EKG was fine too. Do we have to get tested? Everyday is getting worst and I don’t want to be waiting for death without treatment.
We understand your worries especially with the development of symptoms indicative but not exclusive of COVID-19.
As you might already know, the signs and symptoms of coronavirus infection is very general and mimic other kind of problem. From the symptoms you’ve experience there are other factor that might contribute to it. Such as:
Thus, only from the symptoms, it is difficult to distinguish coronavirus infection from other health problems that manifest almost similar symptoms as COVID-19.
To help the medical profession to decide, we’ll look into the risk of the individual. 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.
To answer your question, test would only be offer by public hospital to those who are high risk and fulfill their criteria. However you can opt for private test through this link COVID-19 Screening At Home.
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 DoctorOnCall Tanya.
Taking this opportunity, I would like to remind you to stay put at home as ordered by the authorities. With everyone’s cooperation, I hope we can conquer this outbreak before it get any worse. Thank you.