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Cough, breathing difficulties, dizzy, chest pain

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: March 27, 2020 9:45 AM
Anonymous 8 months

Hi, i would like to ask whether is it necessary for me to do screening for covid-19 since I’ve shown some symptoms for the past few days. The symptoms are summarized below:

-cough with a little bit of phlegm. Phlegm is mostly colourless and a little “yellowish”. Cough more frequently at night. I’m coughing less in the past two days compared to three four days ago.
-No fever(temperature 36.5C)
-having some difficulty breathing especially when lying down flat and particularly at night before I sleep.
-some discomfort in the middle part of the chest. Sometimes have minor pain on the right chest. The middle part of the chest hurts a little when i cough.

  • woke up this morning and experience pain on my right side upper back. The part just below my right shoulder.
    -no sore throat.
    -dizzy when I’m standing or sitting upright for over an hour.

Hmm…ya i think that’s all. Looking forward to your reply.

Thanks doctor.

Dr Sashini Seeni 8 months
General Practitioner


Thank you for your question. You are having cough and chest discomfort. As you may be well aware of, the COVID-19 symptoms are non-specific to this infection only. Hence, a diagnosis of COVID-19 cannot be given based on symptoms only. 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. Those of high risk will be tested for free in government hospitals. You may visit the hospitals in this list for a COVID-19 screening test. (Designated Hospital for COVID-19). We also provide home testing services, accessible through this link: COVID-19 Screening At Home.

Besides COVID-19 infection, symptoms of cough and chest discomfort can be caused by other health problems such as:

  • Other bacterial or viral infection
  • Asthma
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • COPD
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Acute coronary syndrome

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: Fri Mar 27 2020 09:45:06 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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