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Needed for Covid 19 testing?

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: March 17, 2020 7:09 AM

Anonymous 8 months

I am having symptom of mild fever, dry cough with thick phlegm and sore throat. No history traveling and contact direct with Covid 19 as i know. Do i need to go for Covid 19 test?

Dr Sashini Seeni 8 months
General Practitioner

Greetings!

Thank you for your question. According to WHO, the common symptoms of COVID-19 infection are:

  • Fever (more than 37.5 degrees celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sorethroat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

Based on your symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat, 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. The decision of whether a person needs to be checked is depending on the doctor’s evaluation of the patient’s history and risks which is those of high risk. If a person develops symptoms such as fever and respiratory symptoms and has close contact or travelled from/to countries of high risk for COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days, he/she will be further evaluated for diagnostic testing. We also provide home testing services, accessible through this link: COVID-19 Screening At Home.

Besides COVID-19 infection, your symptoms can be caused by other health problems such as:

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/.

Last Updated: Tue Mar 17 2020 07:09:21 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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