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Sudden shortness of breath and coughing

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: March 23, 2020 2:01 AM

princess.helis 8 months

It all started with sneezing and flu 1 week ago which has subsided now. Then, it was followed by itchiness of eye during which existed during that period of time until now. 3 days ago, I started having mild difficulties in breathing while watching tv. It’s like as if there is something blocking my airway and I cannot breathe deeply. If I force it, I will cough. This continues until now. It also disturbs my sleep. I don’t have any close contact or history of travelling to other countries. What should I do now?

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

There are various reasons that can contribute to difficulty breathing.

  • Anemia
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Pneumonia
    -Tuberculosis

As you have difficulty breathing, 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.

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.

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