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[Feb 2022] Guidelines from KKM for close contact or tested positive for Covid-19

News Guidelines from KKM for close contact or tested positive for Covid-19

The Omicron-variant wave has already hit Malaysia and we are checking in over 20,000 daily Covid-19 cases in the recent weeks.

So, here’s a guide to what you should do if a person you know has tested positive for Covid-19.

First, check for the symptoms. Covid-19 symptoms may appear anytime between 2 and 14 days after exposure to the virus and can range from mild to severe illnesses.

Look out if they have symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, fatigue, muscle or body ache, headache, new onset of confusion, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarhoea.

Being a close contact

If you are a close contact with someone who is tested positive for Covid-19, you should follow the steps below as prescribed by the Health Ministry.

Those with incomplete or unvaccinated

You will need to immediately undergo a self-quarantine for at least 7 to 10 days and monitor for any symptoms. The date of your exposure is considered as day 0.

If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and continue to isolate yourself from others. It is possible that you may be asymptomatic (not show any symptoms but still test positive).

Watch for the above symptoms until day 10 after your last contact with someone with COVID-19.

Those who are fully vaccinated or boosted

You will need to undergo a self-quarantine for 5 days and get tested if you showed symptoms within these 5 days.

If you do not further 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, check out the latest guidelines by the Health Ministry here.

Source: KKM

Being positive for Covid-19

If you are tested positive for Covid-19, do not panic and enter your positive test result on MySejahtera.

Next, check out if you are suffering the above symptoms and you should visit a hospital or a clinical assessment centre (CAC) if you are suffering serious symptoms such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, inability to wake or stay awake, looking pale, gray or blue-coloured skin, lips or nail beds (depending on skin tone).

Please consult a medical practitioner if you begin to show any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

If you have mild or no symptoms, self-quarantine for at least 7 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.

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.

Lastly, it’s a good practice to inform anyone with who you were in contact within that period and urge them to undergo self-quarantine too.

Let’s continue to fight this together!

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