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COVID19 Testing Procedure

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: March 6, 2020 12:22 PM
yanyoonglim 8 months

I am asking on behalf of a friend, age of 24, male. Assuming the individual who got tested positive is Gen 0, he is Gen 2 as he had contact with Gen 1 individual. The contact with Gen 1 is minimal (a casual conversation which was less than 10 minutes). However seeing the infection is highly contagious, we would like to know: how can we get tested, where, and the test’s turnaround time. This is essential as we are mentally bothered by this and would like to have an assurance from the test. Thank you.

Dr Ramzdhan 8 months
General Practitioner

Thank you for the questions. For your information, the COVID-19 could be transmitted through water droplets like when sneezing or coughing. If we are about to discuss the transmission episodes between many layers of people that meet each other, there is no end to this discussion. For that reason, it is only alarming when someone is experiencing the symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing, cough and have been in contact with those who are already being infected by the COVID-19.

However, if your friend develope these symptoms over time, 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 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.

Investigations are normally done when you are high risk meaning have come to contact with COVID19 positive patient.

For more information, you can click on this link (COVID-19 Portal) and talk directly to doctors.

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