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31 years old male, living in covid-19 red zone, having cold sweats and chills

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: November 2, 2020 5:33 AM
Anonymous 2 months

I am a 31 years old male, living alone in a flat in a red zone, but not in lock down.

So I have been taking extreme precautions measures, locked my self in my own house for a month now, only going out for necessities, I always wash my hands and wore a mask, even in my house because there is a window in my bedroom connecting to the corridor outside where by people walk around.

I started to develop a cough 2 days prior and started to feel chills today, a sore throat that is worsening by the day, occasionally I feel like there are mucus in my chest(not in throat) that is blocking my breathing tube or whatever you call it.

So my question is, since I am living alone, and if I pass out, I would not be noticed and possibly die, so when is the right time to get a covid test?

Dr Sashini Seeni 2 months
General Practitioner


Thank you for your question. I understand your worries regarding your condition.

Th symptoms that you are having right now could be a COVID19 symptoms, but it is very common for us to have sore throat and cough.

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 huge crowd coming to the hospital for screening in fear of coronavirus infection as well as to avoid you going out from the house unnecessarily.

Boost your immune system with a balanced diet and good nutrition.

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.

You can get your test whenever you want by private clinics or medical sectors to ensure your condition. If you still worried about your symptoms, you may call MOH to inquire the right steps to be taken.

To know more about your status, please 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


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