Common symptoms include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. <small> Cover image via Katelyn Tan </small>
A Malaysian student who recently returned from London took to Instagram to share her experience of how she tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing any symptoms
Katelyn Tan, who flew back from the UK on 22 March, urged Malaysians to take the pandemic seriously and to seek treatment immediately if they show any symptoms.<br></br></p>
The 20-year-old revealed that she had felt completely normal and had not shown any symptoms of the virus, except for “a slight loss of taste and smell”
"Other than that, I felt absolutely normal so was really shocked when my results came out positive because I had none of the typical symptoms (cough, fever, or even cold) and was feeling 100% myself," she wrote on her Instagram.
She noted that according to research, a loss of smell and taste is a big symptom, especially in young people.
Upon receiving her test results, Tan was immediately taken to the hospital to isolate herself from her family
She had called for a home test via DoctorOnCall and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
The student expressed that she was grateful to have been able to isolate herself immediately.
“I don’t know what I would do if I passed it to someone. So please, please, if you experience this isolate or get tested!”, she wrote.
“I’m so sorry from the bottom of my heart if we have been in contact, I’ve really been trying to isolate in the UK too so I’m not sure where I may have picked it up.”
After many Malaysians began sharing her story, several people contacted her saying that they had also tested positive despite not showing any symptoms
"A few people on the same flight also told me they tested positive or have symptoms a few days ago (before/after the flight), but it depends on the individual if they report it. Definitely understand it may be a difficult thing to do," Tan had responded to questions regarding the issue.
SAYS reached out to Tan, today, 27 March, and she updated that she is currently being monitored and has yet to regain her sense of smell or taste.
However, she told SAYS that the whole ordeal has made her extremely grateful for those working on the front lines now
"I have so much respect for all the doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, and everyone involved in helping patients who have COVID-19."
“They are all our heroes in this pandemic and even though I can tell they are so tired they have been so kind, positive, and supportive and it is the reason I can stay positive too.”
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