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COVID-19 - Mandatory to quarantine at home for 14 days from High Risk Countries

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: March 6, 2020 8:58 AM
Anonymous 8 months

If the travelers from high risk COVID-19 area (Japan, Korea, Italy, Hong Kong, China) do not want to conduct self risk assessment, is there any concern from the Health Authority Malaysia ? Will those coming back from high risk countries eg Italy, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong & China be mandatory be issued home quarantine for 14 days during entry to Malaysia?
Is it mandatory for travelers from high risk countries to perform self risk assessment ?

Dr Sri Viknarajan 8 months
General Practitioner

Thank you for asking question. For your information, the quarantine is required when you experiencing the symptoms of cough, fever or sore throat. If you didn’t experience the symptoms, the quarantine is not mandatory. The self risk assessment is not mandatory but it may act as a guidance for the travellers to assess their condition.

You may want 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 as follows:

  1. Low risk: You have to perform self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days. You also have to monitor your health such as taking your temperature and look out for any COVID-19 symptoms like coughing, fever, and shortness of breath.
  2. Moderate risk: You have to visit your nearest healthcare facility to obtain further confirmation.
  3. High risk: You have to visit your nearest healthcare facility immediately. If you are confirmed with COVID-19, you will be referred to a specific hospital and receive further treatment there. You will also be quarantined at the healthcare facility for surveillance.

For more information on coronavirus, please visit the official Ministry of Health portal at link here (MOH COVID-19 Portal). You can also consult a doctor for free regarding your condition by clicking Ask Doctor link on the portal.
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