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Seeking advice about covid-19 test

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: March 27, 2020 2:45 PM
Anonymous 8 months

Hi Doctor,

I would like to consult if I should do the covid test kit at home.
I am 28, no medical condition history. I just came back from UK since 22/03/20.
Before that I have been travelling to Prague, Finland and Stockholm with my mom. (03/03-14/03)

We then stayed in UK (north wales) from 14/3-21/3.
We did not wear mask in UK apart from in the airport.

I had a cold (running nose & sneezing) during my flight back from UK.
On the flight, there was a 50-ish years old male passenger kept coughing just behind us without putting on a mask nor cover his mouth.
Although we had our medical mask protected but it still worries us as we had to remove our mask to eat.

On returns home, we quarantine ourselves immediately.
I still find myself under the weather and tired. I had cold and sneezing. On one night my temperature was 37C (Axillary method). The rest falls between 35.1-36.5C.

I have done the online risk assessment which only shows self quarantine may be required. However I understand that the people got infected in UK has massively increased and many people can have no major symptoms but still shows positive upon test.

Please could you provide me advice? I am looking forward to your reply.

Thank you.

Dr Sri Viknarajan 8 months
General Practitioner


Government hospitals provide screening test for free but only to high risk patients due to limited resources. Therefore, to identify your risk, 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 and further actions suggested will be provided according to the classification.

If you are high risk patient, you may visit the hospitals in this list for a COVID-19 screening test. (Designated Hospital for COVID-19)

On the other hand, your symptoms can also be due to:

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillitis

We also provide home testing services, accessible through this link: COVID-19 Screening At Home.

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

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