Don't skip Covid-19 self tests and quarantine, says MMA

PETALING JAYA: The public should continue Covid-19 self-testing and quarantine to prevent the spread of virus and to protect vulnerable groups, says the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).

"With most of the current cases of Covid-19 reported to be mild, there is a high likelihood that many aren't even self-testing when experiencing flu-like symptoms," said MMA president Dr Azizan Abdul Aziz in a statement on Thursday (Dec 14).

"This is a concern as without self-testing, the necessary quarantine is also likely being skipped as well.

Dr Azizan therefore urged the public to ensure they conduct a self-test when experiencing flu-like symptoms to rule out Covid-19 and immediately isolate if it is confirmed to be Covid-19 positive.

He said those with a weak immune system could still be at risk of hospitalisation for severe Covid-19 and depending on their condition, even death.

"While Covid-19 is well under control in the country now and no longer a threat to the majority of the population, it can still be life threatening to the elderly and those with comorbidities.

"Those at high risk are also advised to take the recommended booster shots on schedule as well as wear a facemask when around others, in crowded situations and in poorly ventilated public spaces.

"Handwashing with water and soap or hand sanitising which is a good habit we learned during the pandemic should also continue to be practised by everyone," Dr Azizan added.

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