Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan
Hi, doc! I’m a 23 year old female and not sure if what I have been experiencing is Covid-19 related or not, so wanted to clarify with a doctor first to find out whether I should even consider getting tested. I have had no previous medical issues besides eczema and a sports injury to my knee. I have not traveled overseas recently and not come into contact with any positive cases (at least to my knowledge). I only leave my house for grocery shopping for my parents and I.
I’m currently staying at home with my parents who are both above 65 years old. My mother was taking prednisone for two weeks before last but has stopped for the past week.
Taking all this into consideration, should I get tested? And should I isolate myself from my parents as well, i.e. not come out of my room at all, and only open my bedroom door to accept food etc? Also, should I wear a mask at home even in my bedroom?
Sorry for the long message but thought it would be best to give more details than less haha. Thanks in advance, doc!
Greetings! Thank you for the question. For your information, other than COVID-19 infection your symptoms may also suggest:
According to WHO, the common symptoms of COVID-19 infection are:
According to our MOH protocol, self-quarantine is indicated for the following scenarios:
Close contact with positive cases, with or without symptoms.
Symptomatic with travel history to high risk countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Italy and Iran.
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.
As long as you don’t have any contact with someone who is a CONFIRMED case of COVID-19 or history of travelling to countries that are affected, you should be fine and please quarantine yourself for at least 14 days. After that period, if the symptoms persist, you should seek a medical attention.