Welcome home… It must feel good to come home to be with your family and your loved ones! You have just arrived from the frontlines of the war against Covid-19, which has spread to over 100 countries worldwide. This disease is spreading at the community level whether declared or not by the country you have just left.
As your doctors in the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, we need your help to protect the RAKYAT OF MALAYSIA. We are doing our best to contain this pandemic in Malaysia. We know that all returnees, whether they have symptoms or not, can possibly be a silent carrier of the virus. Each returnee can potentially be the source of the next cluster of infection in the community you are returning to.
Even if you have subjected yourself to a test, you may not necessarily test positive even if you are carrying the virus. You can test negative now, and may still show up as positive the next time you test (these are called “false negatives”). We therefore URGE ALL RETURNEES to strictly self-quarantine in your home, isolating yourself even from your loved ones for the next 14 days.
Please do the following:
Returnees from abroad have been responsible for further waves of COVID-19 cases emerging in countries where the pandemic is reasonably well controlled e.g. Singapore, South Korea and even China. In these countries all returnees are now housed in hotel rooms for the full 14 days even if they are tested negative.
The Malaysian Government will be carrying out this plan from 3 rd April 2020. We urge all of you to assist us if you have returned before this deadline to protect the RAKYAT OF MALAYSIA and more especially your loved ones by observing this request from the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia.
Virtual Health Advisory - www.moh.gov.my (8.00am to 5.00pm)
Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC)
Telephone - (03) - 88810200 / 88810600
WhatsApp - +6010 - 9699435 / +6010 - 8608949
COUNCIL OF THE ACADEMY OF MEDICINE OF MALAYSIA
(The Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, embracing 11 Colleges and 15 Chapters, is a registered body representing all the medical specialists in Malaysia).
31 st March 2020