You come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person. What should you do?

COVID-19 changed the way we live and how we operate. The world has moved on to a whole new normal since the pandemic hit in March 2020. While most countries are slowly recovering from this, new SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and practices have since surfaced.

Taking precautions still the best way

As of May 2021, new variants of the COVID-19 virus has been going around with some claiming that it is no longer just spread through droplets but could also be airborne. As such, new protection measures have been suggested and implemented including using double face masks. While the vaccination process is underway, there are still an increasing number of positive cases reported. Hence, precaution is still the best cure which is to avoid going out as much as possible. But what if you do the inevitable and come in (close) contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19?

Standard measures to stop the spread

Make no mistake about this. A person who is vaccinated can still be a carrier of the COVID-19 virus. Hence, if you are not vaccinated, you are at risk of contracting the virus. You could be within 1 to 3 meters from that person and still be at risk. If this happens to you, you should:

  • Contact your health care provider to determine what you should do next.
  • Naturally, you will be asked to take a COVID-19 swab test. This should cost you not more than RM250
  • If the test returns positive, you will most likely be required to check in to the hospital for further treatment.
  • If the test returns negative, it does not mean you can continue on with whatever you are doing. You need to start taking additional steps as a precaution.
  • Update your contact-tracing app so that the people surrounding you are aware.
  • Practice self-quarantine for the next 14 days. If you are staying at home with your parents or have kids, you need to isolate yourself totally. If possible, move to another location immediately. Ensure that the room you stay in has a window and is well-ventilated.
  • Avoid any direct communication even through the door or window. Use communication apps and have essentials sent to your doorstep. Use disposable cutleries so that no one needs to clean up after you use them.
  • Keep a record of your health conditions for the next 14 days and if you experience any major changes, contact your health care provider immediately.