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Sore throat, coughing, shortness of breath and joint pain

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: April 22, 2020 1:35 AM

Anonymous 7 months

Helo, I am a man in my 20’s, starting yesterday I’ve been having sore throat, dry coughing, shortness of breath and joint pain especially on my lower abdomen. I don’t have any fever but I notice that my urine smells very pungent and I have difficulties to sleep. Plus I feel tired and my eyes is watery and in pain every now and then. A bit afraid if this could be a sign of Covid-19 symptoms.

Dr Sashini Seeni 7 months
General Practitioner

Hello!

Thank you for your question. I understand your concern regarding COVID-19. For your information symptoms of COVID-19 infection and other illnesses are very similar. According to WHO, the symptoms are:

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

Based on your symptoms of sorethroat, coughing, joint pain and shortness of breath, you may 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. You may be of low risk in contracting the virus if you have no recent travel history to high risk countries and close contact with positive cases of COVID-19.

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

We also provide home testing services, accessible through this link: COVID-19 Screening At Home and we are collaborating with Ministry of Health. So far, the only information on the screening hospitals as stated in the list from this link. You may visit the hospitals in this list for a COVID-19 screening test. (Designated Hospital for COVID-19)

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: Wed Apr 22 2020 01:35:48 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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