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COVID-19 Infection Symptoms, Screening and Seeking Medical Attention


How do I get tested for COVID-19?  Will I have to pay for it?

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From 16 May onwards, you will be tested for current/active COVID-19 infection with an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) and a PCR test if your doctor assesses that there is a clinical need to do so, based on your symptoms, health condition and travel/contact history. If it is deemed that there is the need for such tests, your doctor will be able to test you or refer you to a suitable swabbing site (e.g. Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC), Regional Screening Centre (RSC) or polyclinics) for the test, and you will not be required to pay for the test.

Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR tests for travel may be performed at selected clinics. Please visit https://go.gov.sg/covid19pcrtestproviders for more information on MOH-approved test providers.

Travellers may also wish to refer to the ICA website (https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg) for more information on pre-departure testing.

Please note that a negative PCR test is possible during the virus incubation period, and does not exclude the possibility that infection is present.

 

Are discharged COVID-19 patients infectious?

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No. COVID-19 patients in Singapore are discharged only when fully recovered and no longer transmitting the virus.

 

What are Regional Screening Centres?

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The Regional Screening Centres (RSCs) are set up by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) to conduct testing for COVID-19. These centres are integral to the implementation of our national testing strategy, and play a critical role in keeping Singapore COVID-19 safe. Where possible, these RSCs are located in places that are easily accessible to support the screening needs in the community. For example, RSCs have been set up at the Old Police Academy, The Float @ Marina Bay, the Bukit Gombak sport hall and Bishan sport hall. The RSCs are set up with proper infection control, and strict safe distancing measures in place to protect individuals and the community.


Who can be tested at the Regional Screening Centres?

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The Regional Screening Centres support diagnostic testing in the community and active surveillance testing for targeted groups including frontline workers supporting COVID-19 operations and workers in the construction, marine and process sectors. The RSCs do not accept walk-in requests for screening. Individuals who are unwell or have medical concerns should consult their primary care doctors, and will be tested if necessary.

 

Is the drive-through facility at One Farrer Hotel a Regional Screening Centre? Can I go there for testing?

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The One Farrer Hotel drive-through testing facility is a swabbing site set up in partnership with private partners to support our national screening efforts.Similar to RSCs set up by HPB, this facility does not accept walk-in requests for screening.

 

I am travelling overseas and am required by my destination country to be tested for COVID-19 before departure. Where can I go to get tested?

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Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR tests for travel may be performed at selected clinics. Please visit https://go.gov.sg/covid19pcrtestproviders for more information on MOH-approved test providers.

Travellers may also wish to refer to the ICA website (https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg) for more information on pre-departure testing.

 

If I defer my travel, will travel insurance cover my trip cancellation, postponement of flight tickets and hotels? How do I go about seeking refund?

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You are advised to check with your respective travel insurance providers for information on coverage and compensation.

 

How are the frontline workers, e.g., airline staff, healthcare workers, checkpoint staff, protected, to make sure that they do not get sick and spread the diseases?

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Employees working in the various sectors would have received sector-specific advisories, which include measures and precautionary measures that employees and employers can take.

Please refer to the sector-specific advisories for more details.


[New] Should I monitor my own condition using a blood oxygen machine (e.g. pulse oximeters) at home?
A: There is no evidence to support the use of blood oxygen machines such as pulse oximeters by the general public or persons under quarantine for the purpose of diagnosing low oxygen levels. Such devices must be used properly for accurate measurements of the degree of oxygen saturation in the blood. Improper use of these devices can lead to false readings. Low oxygen saturation readings are also not specific only to COVID-19 infection as many medical conditions (e.g. asthma, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) can also affect blood oxygen levels. The devices are more useful in the healthcare institutions as the readings should be interpreted by a trained healthcare worker for proper follow-up.


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