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Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli
Asking on behalf of someone who doesn’t want to disclose themselves.
My friend was having allergic symptoms (similar to covid) and got tested for covid by rtk-antigen to be on safe side. Results were negative. But she met a friend at testing center and they interacted foe 20+ minutes with masks on. The friend’s result came out positive. Now she is P1. How long should she quarantine (10 or 14 days)? Her family is p2. Should they also quarantine? Should she repeat swab after a week? Will she be covered by MOH for her next swab test if required as she is p1?
Thank you for your question.
We understand your worries especially regarding the close contact to a positive COVID-19 patient. 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 friend seek immediate help from the nearby clinic or hospital as soon as possible. As far as I’m concerned, once you friend are considered a close contact to a positive coronavirus patient, you are required to do COVID-19 screening as well.
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 friend 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 friend 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 friend 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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