Individuals with symptoms advised to stay at home

Dr Chin Zin Hing

KUCHING: State Health director Dr Chin Zin Hing has urged individuals showing signs of Covid-19 symptoms to stay at home to prevent the spread of the infection.

“I would like to urge any individual, who has already shown signs of Covid-19 symptoms such as sore throat, loss of sense of taste and smell, but did not go for treatment, to not be selfish. Please consider the wellbeing of others, especially family members and friends.

“If you feel unwell, no matter how mild the symptoms are, avoid yourself being the cause of Covid-19 infection to others by practising social distancing at all times and do not go out.

“Just sit at home and isolate yourself in a separate room. Immediately go and see a doctor by following all health advices along the way to the clinic,” he said in a statement today.

He further reminded the individuals to only go out if they need to see a doctor or asked to undergo swab tests.

“Do not go to your workplace or attend any face-to-face meetings in public places, especially during the festive season. Get your family members or friends to make orders.

“Also, do not send your children to school or childcare centres. It is sufficient to just inform their teachers,” he added.

Dr Chin said the people’s cooperation was important in view of a surge in number of Covid-19 cases, while noting that the situation is very worrying if there are still a handful of individuals who do not play their part to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Simply placing full responsibility on the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and the State Health Department to control the spread of Covid-19  will only make it more difficult to address the curve of Covid-19 infection cases in the state,” he said.