What To Do If You Had Close Contact With Someone Tested Positive For COVID-19

Not a day goes by where you wouldn’t hear the word “tested positive” from someone you know. If you want some reassurance or just to feel at eases, it’s best to self-monitor even if it seems you don’t show any symptoms. 

Take note that COVID-19 symptoms may appear anytime between two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

These are some symptoms, they range from mild to severe illnesses.

1. Fever or chills
2. Cough
3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
4. Fatigue
5. Muscle or body aches
6. Headache
7. New onset of confusion (disorientation, delirium, or other similar symptoms)
8. New loss of taste or smell
9. Sore throat
10. Congestion or runny nose
11. Nausea or vomiting
12. Diarrhoea

So in any case, if you happen to be in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19…

• Immediately isolate yourself for at least seven to ten days to monitor for any symptoms. (Ps. The date of your exposure is considered as day 0)

• By any chance, if you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and continue isolating yourself from others. Take note that it is possible for you to be asymptomatic (not show any symptoms but still test positive).

• Observe your body and take note if there are any symptoms until day 10 after your last contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you are exposed and ARE up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations (vaccinated and boosted)

• Self-quarantine for five days and get tested if you have symptoms at least five days after you’ve had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

• If you don’t develop any symptoms, no test is needed. But continue to self-monitor until the end of your quarantine.

For more details on isolation after close contact.

Image from Ministry of Health
Image via Ministry of Health

I tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?

– Enter your positive test result on MySejahtera.

Serious symptoms

covid symptoms

Visit a hospital or a clinical assessment centre (CAC) if you have:

– Trouble breathing
– Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
– Inability to wake or stay awake
– Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This is not the full list of symptoms. Contact a medical practitioner if you begin to show any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Mild symptoms / no symptoms

covid symptoms

Self-quarantine for at least seven days from the date you tested positive (even if you have no symptoms), especially if you’re living in a home with other people who have a higher risk of getting ill from COVID-19.

Continue to self-monitor via MySejahtera.

If you’re above 60 years old with comorbidities and develop moderate to serious symptoms, immediately visit your nearest hospital or CAC.

For a more detailed breakdown on the different categories, click here.

If you’ve been exposed to the virus, please inform anyone who you were in contact with within that period to curb the spread. Let’s continue to fight this together!

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