Safe Management Measures Advisory
Symptoms & What To Do
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
• The most common symptoms are:
o Dry cough
• Some patients may have:
o Body aches and pain
o Nose congestion
o Runny nose
o Sore throat
• 1 in 6 patients become seriously ill with breathing difficulties
• Recently, it has been noticed that some patients complain of
o Loss of taste and
o Loss of smell
• It is most important to note that some patients have no symptoms at all
2. In view of the above, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) advises that we each tick off the Check List below, to help us keep track of whether we are infected or not.
Singapore COVID-19 Symptom Checker
1. Age in years:
2. Do you have any chronic diseases?
3. Have you travelled outside Singapore in the past 14 days, before the onset of any symptoms?
4. Have you been in close contact with a person who has been confirmed/suspected to have COVID-19?
5. Do you have any of the following symptoms? (click all that apply)
3. What should we do if we have symptoms?
• This depends on your age, whether you have chronic illnesses, your level of fitness and the symptoms you are experiencing
o Children and healthy young adults: Stay home and observe your progress for a day or 2. If you feel you are deteriorating, check with a Public Health Preparedness Center (PHPC) near you.
o Elderly (65 and older): Check with your nearest PHPC
o If you have pre-existing chronic illnesses like diabetes, COPD (chronic lung disease), heart disease, stroke, hypertension etc, check with your PHPC.
o If you have breathing difficulties, check with your PHPC immediately.
o If you are on home quarantine and develop symptoms, check with your PHPC immediately
– In Singapore, when in doubt, call the MOH COVID-19 Hotline: 1800 333 9999
– You can find a PHPC near you by logging onto: phpc.gov.sg
Author: Dr. Saw Huat Seong
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Credentials: MBBS (Malaya, Malaysia), FRACS (Gen Surg), FAMS (Thoracic Surg), FACC, FRCST (Hon)
Reference/ Sources: WHO, CDC Singapore, MOH Singapore, ICDC, Johns Hopkins, Wikipedia and independent experts.
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