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Recommend to take covid test at test site or self quarrantine?

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: April 8, 2021 10:27 AM
Anonymous 3 months

hello there, my friend’s roommate was tested positive yesterday. I have met this friend on 3rd and 5th april i was in contact with a friend and realise i had dry cough and some mild sinus /running nose symptoms. no fever as i know yet.

please advice what are the next steps to take and if testing is required. also, what is the recommended advice for someone to access a testing site without their own transportation? would self quarantine at home be much safer in this case ?

Dr Sashini Seeni 3 months
General Practitioner

Greetings! Thank you for your questions.

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.

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Additionally, WHO listed common symptoms for COVID-19 infection as follows:

  • Fever (more than 37.5 degrees Celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

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:

  • Other bacterial or viral infection like the common cold
  • Asthma
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Pneumonia

According to the Ministry of Health, close contact refers to either:

  • Health care-associated exposure, including providing direct care for 2019-nCoV patients, working with health care workers infected with 2019-nCoV, visiting patients or staying in the same close environment of a 2019nCoV patient.
  • Working together in close proximity or sharing the same classroom environment with a with 2019-nCoV patient
  • Traveling together with 2019-nCoV patient in any kind of conveyance
  • Living in the same household as a 2019-nCoV patient

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.

CPRC contact:
0388810200
+60178429454
cprc@moh.gov.my

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Last Updated: Thu Apr 08 2021 10:27:33 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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