Home Isolation

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has instructed home quarantine, if suitable, for individuals who are suspected or have been tested positive with Covid-19 Category 1 (asymptomatic) and Category 2 (showing mild symptoms).

Home Isolation Guide

Refer to this guide and make sure you follow standard operating procedures set by the ministry when you are undergoing isolation at home.

Note to COVID-19 Patients

  • DO isolate yourself in a single well-ventilated room with an attached bathroom, away from your household occupants.
  • DO open all windows in your isolation room to improve ventilation and aeration.
  • DO keep yourself preoccupied by exercising regularly, reading, or completing any pending work.
  • DO communicate regularly with family members or friends via video calls to avoid feeling depressed and to keep your spirits high.
  • DO clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as bed frames, doorknobs, and washrooms with regular household bleach.
  • DO maintain a minimum distance of two meters from your household occupants if you lack isolation space at home, especially the elderly, young children, pregnant mothers and those with multiple diseases or non-communicable diseases.
  • DO wear a mask when leaving the isolation room or when interacting with household occupants.
  • DO eat a balanced diet to include nutritional and vitamin-rich foods such as vegetables and fruits like oranges, lemons, kiwi fruits and apples.
  • DO get proper rest by getting eight hours of sleep at night.
  • DO stay hydrated by drinking eight glasses of water a day.
  • DO wash your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds or frequently rub your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • DO maintain good self-hygiene practices by showering at least twice a day and changing into clean freshly-washed clothes.
  • DO cover your mouth and nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing.
  • DO dispose used tissues and other used personal items into a proper waste bin with a lid.
  • DO monitor your symptoms and report your status daily through the MySejahtera App. If you have a pulse oximeter, monitor your oxygen saturation twice daily.
  • DO NOT leave your home throughout the quarantine period except to go to hospital for tests or treatments and remain contactable by health authority.
  • DO NOT utilize public transport to go to the hospital. If required, call the nearest health clinic, district health office or hospital for transport assistance or arrangements.
  • DO NOT share personal items or utensils.
  • DO NOT receive visitors.

Note to Caregivers

  • Parents/caregiver SHOULD NOT be:
    • Adults over 60 years of age
    • Pregnant women
    • Patients with co-morbidities eg: CKD, chronic respiratory disease, uncontrolled DM, serious heart disease
    • Immunocompromised persons (including those who have had transplants of a solid organ)
    • People with other diseases considered at high risk by health personnel
  • Wear mask whenever attending to patient.
  • Ensure patient comply to home isolation advise.
  • Assist to dispose waste and to do their laundry. Wash hands with water and soap for 20 seconds immediately thereafter.

Inform COVID-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) should your symptoms worsen. In case of an emergency, call 999.

For COVID-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) and District Health Office contact numbers, visit http://covid-19.moh.gov.my/hotline

  • Bloody cough
  • Bluish discoloration of lips and/or face
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Chest discomfort or pain
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Mental confusion or reduced consciousness
  • Oxygen saturation < 95%
  • Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Reduced urine output
  • Seizure
  • Unable to tolerate orally
  • Weakness and numbness

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