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Suspected case after casual contact

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: May 26, 2021 10:27 AM
Anonymous 2 months

Hi, I was considered a casual contact on the 14 May and had self-quarantine for 10 days and had came back to work on the 25th (status: low risk). Today had not been a good day for me due to the heat, so my heat exhaustion (and regular stress) matches a number of COVID19 symptoms and my status became a suspected case. Should I be concerned?

Moreover, I have a dependant (not living togather) who will be taking the vaccine on the 27th and their details are on my phone.

Really really need guidance on how to handle this, sorry for the terrible timing.

Thanks.

Dr Sashini Seeni 2 months
General Practitioner

Greetings! Thank you for your questions.

For your information, as a casual contact, you are considered to be at low risk of contracting COVID-19. You are unlikely to get infected just from having been in the same place with patient with COVID-19. You are a casual contact if you have been within only two meters of someone with COVID-19 for less than 15 minutes.

Recent studies revealed that between 5% – 80% of the COVID-19 cases may be asymptomatic, which means they exhibit no signs and symptoms of the same. This group of people, therefore, tends to spread COVID-19 without really knowing it. That’s why it is important to monitor any symptoms within 10 days or during quarantine. Although at this moment, it is not compulsory for a casual contact to do swab test in Malaysia, you must get tested as soon as possible if you develop any symptoms. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • fever (37.5°C or higher) or history of fever (night sweats, chills)
  • cough
  • shortness of breath (difficulty breathing).
  • runny nose
  • loss of taste
  • loss of smell
  • sore throat

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You may also click on this link to directly request a COVID-19 screening test. Or contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC). Other than that, do practice good hand hygiene and wear your face mask in public.

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