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Possible Covid-19 Symptoms?

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: April 12, 2020 4:58 AM
Anonymous 7 months

Hi, doc! I’m a 23 year old female and not sure if what I have been experiencing is Covid-19 related or not, so wanted to clarify with a doctor first to find out whether I should even consider getting tested. I have had no previous medical issues besides eczema and a sports injury to my knee. I have not traveled overseas recently and not come into contact with any positive cases (at least to my knowledge). I only leave my house for grocery shopping for my parents and I.


  1. Slight shortness in breath
  • I have experienced this since 8/4 at night.
  • The normal breaths I take are shallower and it feels like I have something in my chest, but it’s very slight and doesn’t bother me too much. But I noticed this feeling intensifies when I am lying down, although it still doesn’t feel too bad and doesn’t give me any trouble sleeping. However, I meditate daily and found that in the past couple of days I was not able to complete my usual deep breaths.
  1. Headaches
  • I have experienced consistent headaches over the past week, waking up every morning with a headache despite getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. In the two weeks before that, I experienced headaches on and off.
  • I initially thought that it could be because I haven’t been drinking enough water, because I have experienced this before and I do know my water intake over the past few weeks has not been good. However, it has never been this bad before i.e. the headaches were never this consistent and the intensity of these headaches are a little stronger too.
  1. Mild cough
  • Experienced since 8/4, appeared the same time as shortness in breath.
  • It’s a very mild cough and I can count the number of coughs I have in a day e.g. yesterday I coughed a total of 10 times (I made a note each time I coughed together with the time). I noticed my cough is worse in the evening. No sore throat though.
  1. Possible fever a few days ago
  • Possibly experienced on 10/4
  • I went grocery shopping on 10/4 and my temperature was taken by a security guard via one of those contactless thermometers. I don’t know what my temperature was, but I was allowed into the supermarket. About two hours later, my temperature was taken again via a contactless thermometer before going into a pharmacy. Here, I was not allowed in as my temperature read 37.6. Not sure how accurate these thermometers are but I’m not sure if me feeling hot, walking in the sun with a mask on (as I was going to all the pharmacies in a small area looking for Dettol LOL) would have affected the reading. I took my temperature when I got home and it was 37.4. However, yesterday I discovered that the thermometer I used the day before might not have been accurate, (it was a meat thermometer oops!!). I took my temperature again yesterday using a traditional glass (mercury) thermometer and my temperature was 37.1. Currently, my temperature is 37.0. So can’t really say for sure if I had a fever on 10/4, but yesterday and today for sure I don’t.

I’m currently staying at home with my parents who are both above 65 years old. My mother was taking prednisone for two weeks before last but has stopped for the past week.

Taking all this into consideration, should I get tested? And should I isolate myself from my parents as well, i.e. not come out of my room at all, and only open my bedroom door to accept food etc? Also, should I wear a mask at home even in my bedroom?

Sorry for the long message but thought it would be best to give more details than less haha. Thanks in advance, doc!

Dr Ramzdhan 7 months
General Practitioner

Greetings! Thank you for the question. For your information, other than COVID-19 infection your symptoms may also suggest:

According to WHO, the common symptoms of COVID-19 infection are:

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

According to our MOH protocol, self-quarantine is indicated for the following scenarios:

  • Close contact with positive cases, with or without symptoms.

  • Symptomatic with travel history to high risk countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Italy and Iran.

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.

As long as you don’t have any contact with someone who is a CONFIRMED case of COVID-19 or history of travelling to countries that are affected, you should be fine and please quarantine yourself for at least 14 days. After that period, if the symptoms persist, you should seek a medical attention.

Last Updated: Sun Apr 12 2020 04:58:13 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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