Recognize the symptoms

Until Malaysia has an approved vaccine with reliable immunity and it’s being used, this pandemic remains a serious health threat. Being able to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 is important.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include, fever, dry cough and fatigue. Other symptoms that may affect some patients include loss of taste or smell, aches and pains, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, red eyes, diarrhea or skin rash.

Some of these symptoms overlap with the common cold, but it’s best to err on the side of safety. If you feel sick or have a fever and difficulty breathing, call your doctor or hospital and seek help. If you experience less severe symptoms, self-isolate until you recover, even if the symptoms seem mild. If you need to leave your house, wear a face mask to avoid infecting others.

Keep up to date on COVID-19 information and risks from local and the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN).

Tips for staying safe as COVID-19 cases rise

  1. Avoid crowds and keep some distance — Avoid the 3 C’s (closed, crowded and close contact). This gets harder as the seasons change and more activities move indoors.
  2. Wear a face mask — Face masks can reduce the virus’s spread by stopping droplets people breathe out and filtering some of what they breathe in. They are especially important in crowded and poorly ventilated areas.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth — Your hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can then transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can infect you.
  4. Wash your hands — Simply washing your hands can reduce the spread of viruses. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands for at least 20 seconds with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This eliminates germs, including viruses.
  5. Keep surfaces clean — Clean and disinfect surfaces in your home frequently, especially those people touch regularly, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.