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SOB, Chest Pain, Fever, cough

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: July 7, 2020 5:48 AM

Anonymous 31 days

I’m 29 y/o unaware if I have contact w/ +COVID pt. My symptoms started July 1 until now and I’m just managing my symptoms by taking paracetamol and ambroxol but the chest pain is still present and pretty hard to take a deep breath. My pulse rate is at 110bpm and 20breath per minute I have no source of income as of now and checked the price for testing were extremely expensive. I need a referral from a doctor to get tested so I can submit with axa so they can help me out. What are my options here as an expat?Thanks

Dr Sashini Seeni 31 days
General Practitioner


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.

Besides COVID-19, difficulty in breathing can be due to various health conditions.

  • anemia
  • Obesity
  • COPD
  • smoking
  • Asthma
  • pneumonia

Nevertheless, we still need to assess your risk of COVID-19 infection. 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 are advised to monitor your symptoms and limit contact with other person. Practice hand washing and hand hygiene as well as wear protective mask when you interact with other people.

In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor. You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.

Last Updated: Tue Jul 07 2020 05:48:27 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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