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Travelled from US after 14 days sufferers from Dry throats and cough persist and getting more serious day after day. Do I need to go get corona virus test?

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: March 24, 2020 4:22 PM

Anonymous 16 days

I traveled to US and back in early March. On my 15th day after returning home, I started to feel throats is dry especially during night time and along with little cough arising from itchy throat. However, I don’t have any cough during day time. 3 days later, I stop feeling dry throats but still itchy especially night time I cough more than day time. Now, on my 20th day after returning from US, I cough day and night and the cough get more frequent than previously. I don’t feel dry and itchy throat that much if compared to night time. My cough in the moment I woke up during all these period is with phlegm. I’m concerned if I was getting the coved-19 and if it is necessary for me to get tested in the hospital for the same?

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 16 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 (morea than 37.5 degrees celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sorethroat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

However, it is difficult to distinguish coronavirus infection from other health problems that manifest almost similar symptoms. Thus, 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 with appropriate steps that should be taken. This initiative is to reduce crowd coming to the hospital for screening in fear of coronavirus infection as well as to avoid you going out from the house unnecessarily.

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.

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