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Should I go for checkup for Covid-19 if I have the symptoms of sneezing and breathing difficulty? How should breathing difficulty be like?

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: March 19, 2020 4:14 AM

shirleymiaw98 8 months

I went to shopping mall in KL on last sunday. Today is my 5th day. I have no symptoms of fever, coughing and diarrhoea. On my first day, I started to sneeze and I assumed I caught a cold. On my 3rd day, I realised I feel pressure on my chest when I tried to breath, especially in the morning (Should my heart be pumping faster if I inhale?). I realised this when I am conscious about breathing. I also have white watery phlegm in the morning.
I know that coughing and fever can come later as a sign of Covid-19. But I am so worried if I am really experiencing it or it’s just stress. Hope to get a reply.

Dr Ramzdhan 8 months
General Practitioner

Greetings!

We understand your worries especially with the development of symptoms indicative but not exclusive of COVID-19.

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

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

However, as you may already aware, these symptoms are not specific to COVID-19 but can be presented in other conditions such as in common flu and other infections by bacteria or other viruses.

Therefore, 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 and further actions suggested will be provided according to the classification.

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.

Last Updated: Thu Mar 19 2020 04:14:15 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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