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Should I take SWAB test?

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: January 26, 2021 11:32 AM

Anonymous 36 days

I had slight fever, coughing and sore throat and muscle or body aches before. Now I have recovered but I still have cough and I feel I lost my smell sense. Should I take SWAB test?

Dr Sri Viknarajan 36 days
General Practitioner

Thank you for your question.

For your information, COVID-19 screening is usually subjected to patients that have experienced a fever. However with regards to your ongoing cough and loss of smell, it can also be the symptoms of:

  • Pharyngitis
  • Rhinosinusitis
  • and other related inflammation

Please seek a doctor if the symptoms persist.

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

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

  • Fever (more than 37.5 degrees Celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

According to the Ministry of Health, close contact refers to either:

  • Health care-associated exposure, including providing direct care for 2019-nCoV patients, working with health care workers infected with 2019-nCoV, visiting patients or staying in the same close environment of a 2019nCoV patient.
  • Working together in close proximity or sharing the same classroom environment with a with 2019-nCoV patient
  • Traveling together with 2019-nCoV patient in any kind of conveyance
  • Living in the same household as a 2019-nCoV patient

I would also encourage you to answer this 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. Further instructions will be given at the end of the quiz. Please act accordingly.

In need of a second opinion? Our pulmonologist are here to help.

You may also click on this link to directly request a COVID-19 screening test. Or contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC). Other than that, do practice good hand hygien and wear your face mask in public.

CPRC contact:


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