Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan
Hi. I’m 7months pregnant. I had a close pcontact with who had a covid positive. I took a pcr after 5 days I met the person. That was negative. Until then I didn’t have any symptom. But today, 12th days after the last contact with the person, I have a slight cough. Not all day. Sometimes and it’s not that bad. But it made me very worried. Can I go to see doctor near here and should I do a pcr test again?
Thanks for your question.
First of all congratulations on your current pregnancy. But jumping straight into the current situation, we truly understand your concerns regarding the outbreak we are experiencing now, especially regarding the potential for close contact and positive symptoms of COVID-19.worries
For your information, COVID-19 screening is usually subjected to patients that have experienced an ongoing fever. Although the criteria may change according to the situation, it is best that you seek immediate help from the nearby clinic or hospital as soon as possible. As far as I’m concerned, once you are considered a close contact to a positive coronavirus patient, you are required to do COVID-19 screening as well (usually twice at different intervals)
Additonally, WHO listed common symptoms for COVID-19 infection as follows:
However, the onset of these symptoms may vary according to different individuals, ranging from few days to about 2 weeks after the virus transmission. On top of that, there were cases of asymptomatic carrier. Those that are able to transmit the virus without having any symptoms or complication of their own.
According to the Ministry of Health, close contact refers to either:
I would also encourage you to answer this quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate their health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, you will be classified into several categories. Further instructions will be given at the end of the quiz. Please act accordingly.
Meanwhile try to maintain physical and social distance between close friends and family members. You may also click on this link to directly request a COVID-19 screening test.
But if you want to seek a second opinion, you may try to contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC). Other than that, do practice good hand hygiene and normalize wearing face mask in public.
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