A resident getting her Covid-19 test done recently in Subang Jaya

By Michelle Ng

With rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, much has been said about preventive measures. However, I think that it is time for us to also talk about what happens if you are Covid-19 positive, or if you are caring for one who is.

First, update your Covid-19 Status on Mysejahtera. This is done by clicking on the app, and then on “Covid-19 Status”. Click “Start”, and then answer the questions posed. Once you have done so, click “Submit”.

Next, pay a visit to the Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC), which is located in Stadium Melawati in Shah Alam. It is open from 8.30am to 10.30am and 2.00pm to 3.00pm from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Public Holidays, it is open from 9.00am to 12.00pm.

You do not need to wait for the Health Department’s call to visit the CAC. When you are there, you will be assessed for home quarantine suitability. We would advise you to pack a bag. In the event you are symptomatic and require medical attention, you will be brought to the hospital on the spot.

If you are suitable for home quarantine, they will put on a band over your wrist, which will be removed at the end of your quarantine period.

Now, what to do and not to do during home quarantine.

One, make sure that the patient is quarantined in a room with his/her clothes and with an en suite toilet. The room must have good ventilation. Windows should be opened at all times. Make sure that his/her phone is with him/her, together with the phone charger. The patient must remain in his/her room at all times.

Two, caregivers – you should not be a caregiver if you are a senior citizen, suffering from an illness or an expecting mother. You must wear your mask at all times when you are near the patient’s room. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after each interaction.

Three, when delivering food, place the food outside the patient’s room. Ensure that the food provided is nutritious and rich in vitamins. Do also ensure a good supply of water so that the patient stays hydrated.

Four, the patient must not leave the house until his/her appointment at the CAC.

Five, as home quarantine can be a rather stressful experience, ensure that you call and check in emotionally with the patient. Do also ensure as best possible that the patient has some entertainment such as books or a good TV series.

Six, monitor symptoms. Update your symptoms frequently on MySejahtera. If you are asymptomatic, do not take it for granted – do not leave your room. If your symptoms become serious, call an ambulance so that you can be brought to the hospital.

Seven, do not receive guests. Be honest with them – they will understand.

I hope that this provides some guidance in these uncertain times. To each of you who are going through this – know that you are not alone. Reach out for help or advice. We will get through this, together.