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Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan
I am a 35 year old man, currently experiencing a blocked nose for the past two days. So far, my body temperature has been floating around 37 to 37.3 degrees and I feel some slight discomfort. I am only coughing very slightly when my nose (right nostril) becomes very blocked, other times I don’t cough at all. I’m not sure if I should get a swab test or stay home and self isolate if it’s just a common flu. Please advise.
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 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.
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.
If you have any recent contacts with COVID-19 positive patients or went to somewhere with high COVID-19 cases then you should consider having a swab test. Besides COVID-19, there are also other common cause of you symptoms. For example:
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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