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Fever, sore throat, coughing

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: March 23, 2020 4:42 AM
Anonymous 8 months

My 15y/o brother started his fever on 21st night. We using ear thermometer to check and it was 37.6 that night. I gave him 2 tablets of panadol. Next morning, we check again and it has down to 36.6. After lunch I gave him vitamin c to eat cause he said that he got abit sore throat and I heard him coughing sometimes. But then after he eat the vitamin c, he fever again. it was at 37.7. I gave him panadols to eat again. idk if it will impact as i only give him med after his every meal not every 6 hours. today morning his temperature was at 39 and after breakfast I give him panadola and now it is at 38.4. And he said that his throat is more pain than ytd and it’s pain when swallowing. And he cough cause he said that his throat is itchy. On 21st and 22nd he got went out and buy food. And my grandfather gave him 2 cups of tiger beer ytd and my brother drink it and actually his temperature got down abit. Idk what should I do now. should I bring him to clinic or hospital or wat cause me and my grandparents dk what to do

Dr Ramzdhan 8 months
General Practitioner


We understand your worries especially with the development of symptoms indicative but not exclusive of COVID-19.

For you information, WHO listed common symptoms for COVID-19 infection as follows:

  • Fever (morea than 37.5 degrees celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sorethroat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

For your information, your brother cannot take more than the recommended dose of panadol. If it is 500mg panadol, your brother should take two tablets every 6 hours. If he takes more than that, it can cause liver failure.

Apart from that, sore throat and fever can be due to many health conditions.

  • Influenza infection
  • Dengue fever
  • Bacterial Pharyngitis
  • Inflammation
  • Tonsillitis


As he has sorethroat and fever, he is encouraged to answer the quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate his health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, he will be classified into several categories.

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 DoctorOnCall Tanya.


Last Updated: Mon Mar 23 2020 04:42:52 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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