COVID-19 Contact Classification in Malaysia: PUI, PUS, Close and Casual Contact

Learn the difference between Person Under Surveillance (PUS), Person Under Investigation, ‘Close Contact’ and ‘Casual Contact’ classification in MySejahtera and what it means in terms of risk, quarantining, and getting yourself tested.

by Raihan Rahman

What is the Contact Classification or User Classification in MySejahtera?

The contact classification in MySejahtera can be divided into 6 categories and helps identify the risk level of the MySejahtera user. The contact classifications are as follows:

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What is Casual Contact?

If you have been classified as a casual contact, you will be required to answer 3 questions to assess your current health conditions. If you do not have symptoms, your contact classification in MySejahtera will remain as Close Contact and your condition will be monitored through the MySejahtera app.

Can a Person with a ‘Casual Contact’ Status enter Shops or Malls?

While it is important to note that each premise may have its own SOPs and rules, most premises allow casual contact as long as they do not present any symptom such as a fever before entering a premise.

Can a Person with a ‘Casual Contact’ Status Attend Their Vaccination Appointment?

As announced by the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) or JKJAV, an individual with a casual contact status can still enter Vaccine Administration Centres (VACs) or PPVs, given that they are due for their appointment or have made an appointment in advance.

Are Casual Contact Individuals Required to Quarantine?

No, individuals who have been flagged as casual contact to a positive COVID-19 case do not need to quarantine themselves. However, their symptoms must be logged into the MySejahtera app and their health conditions will be monitored for 14 days.

What is the Risk Level of a Casual Contact Individual?

Compared to a ‘Low Risk’ individual, a casual contact individual has a slightly higher risk of contracting COVID-19. However, the likelihood of a casual contact individual to be infected by COVID-19 if the present no symptoms remain relatively low.

Does a Person with a Casual Contact status need to Get Tested For COVID-19?

If the individual has no symptoms that suggest a COVID-19 infection, they are not required to get screened for COVID-19. However, if a casual contact begins to show any of the following symptoms, they are advised to get tested as soon as possible:

Most common symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Lethargy

Less common symptoms:

  • Muscle ache or pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Skin rashes

What Happens if a Casual Contact Tests Positive for COVID-19?

If a casual contact is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, their contact classification in MySejahtera will change to ‘Confirmed Case’. Depending on the severity of the infection, the individual may be advised to continue isolating at home or be transported to a COVID-19 hospital or facility closest to their home.

What Happens if a Casual Contact Tests Negative for COVID-19?

If a casual contact individual tests negative for COVID-19 and does not present any symptom, their contact classification in MySejahtera will return to ‘Low Risk’ after 14 days.

What is Close Contact?

An individual classified as a “Close Contact’ or Kontak Rapat has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and was in proximity to the infected person within the last 14 days. This includes:

  • Living with a person infected with COVID-19
  • Being in proximity (less than 1 metre) of a confirmed case at any of the following places:
    • Office premises
    • Classrooms
    • Shops
    • Places of Worship
  • Travelled and was less than 1 metre away from a confirmed infected person for the entire journey

If you have been identified as a ‘Close Contact’ your contact classification in MySejahtera will be reflected on the app and appear as below:

Can a Person with a ‘Close Contact’ Status enter Shops or Malls?

No. Generally, an individual with a close contact status is not allowed to enter shops or malls throughout the entire duration of their classification.

Can a Person with a ‘Close Contact’ Status Attend Their Vaccination Appointment?

Similarly to the other high-risk contact classification in MySejahtera, an individual with a close contact status will NOT be allowed to enter Vaccine Administration Centres (VACs) or PPVs, even if they are due for their appointment or have made an appointment in advance.

Are Close Contact Individuals Required to Quarantine?

Yes, individuals who have been identified as a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case are required by law to quarantine themselves for 10 days straight.

What is the Risk Level of a Close Contact Individual?

A ‘Close Contact’ individual is regarded as a ‘High Risk’ individual since they have been near a confirmed case of COVID-19 infection.

Does a Person with a Close Contact Status Need to Get Tested For COVID-19?

Yes, according to the Ministry of Health Malaysia, a Close Contact individual must get tested for COVID-19 as soon as they are notified of their status and once more on the 8th day of their quarantine even if they do not present the common or less common symptoms of COVID-19

What Happens if a Close Contact Person Tests Positive for COVID-19?

If a close contact is confirmed to be an infectious person, their status on the MySejahtera app will change to ‘Confirmed Case’. If they are experiencing severe symptoms, they will be transported to a nearby COVID-19 hospital for further medical assistance. Otherwise, they may remain at home and continue self-quarantining.

What Happens if a Close Contact Person Tests Negative for COVID-19?

If a close contact individual tests negative for COVID-19, their status will remain as a ‘Close Contact’ for 14 days and they are required to remain in self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days.

What is a Person Under Surveillance?

A Person Under Surveillance or (PUS) is an individual who is asymptomatic and meets any of the following criteria:

  • A person who attended an event or was present in an area with a confirmed COVID-19 cluster
  • A person who is travelling back/to Malaysia from overseas but are not showing symptoms
  • A person who is suspected of having been in close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive.

Can a Person Under Surveillance enter Shops or Malls?

No. An individual with a PUS status is not allowed to enter shops or malls throughout the entire duration of their classification.

Are Persons Under Surveillance Required to Quarantine?

Yes, a person under surveillance is required to quarantine at home or a quarantine facility for a total of 14 days.

What is the Risk Level of a Person Under Surveillance?

A ‘Person Under Surveillance’ is regarded as a ‘High Risk’ individual as having either been overseas, involved in a confirmed cluster or been in close contact of a COVID-19 case.

Does a Person Under Surveillance Need to Get Tested For COVID-19?

Yes, according to the Ministry of Health Malaysia, a Person Under Surveillance must get tested for COVID-19 as soon as they have been confirmed to have close contact with a COVID-19 case. The individual must get tested on the 1st and 13th day of their quarantine period.

What Happens if a Person Under Surveillance Tests Positive for COVID-19?

If a Person Under Surveillance is confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, their updated status will be reflected on the MySejahtera app. If the Person Under Surveillance remains asymptomatic, they may remain at home for self-quarantining. However, if their condition deteriorates, they will be transported to a nearby COVID-19 hospital for further medical assistance. 

What Happens if a Person Under Surveillance Tests Negative for COVID-19?

If a Person Under Surveillance tests negative for COVID-19, they must remain at home or the quarantine facility for at least 14 days. They may only proceed to normal circumstances once their status has been reduced to ‘Low Risk’ on their MySejahtera app or at the discretion of the healthcare professionals of the quarantine facilities.

Remaining Vigilant in The Fight Against COVID-19

Homage would like to remind our readers to continue practising social distancing, good hygiene and remaining mentally and physically healthy during this time. Let’s continue to do our part in the fight against COVID-19 and protect ourselves and others by staying at home and taking care of ourselves and those around us.

[References]

  1. COVID-19 Malaysia Updates by MOH (no date) Gov.my. Available at: http://covid-19.moh.gov.my/faqsop/faq-covid-19-kkm (Accessed: May 29, 2021).

 

 

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Raihan loves psychological thriller books and horror movies but sleeps with a night light, lest the monsters get her.
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