STOCKHOLM: The young climate activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday that it was “extremely likely” that she had contracted the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
Greta Thunberg says she and her father, Swedish actor Svante Thunberg, appear to have been infected by the coronavirus after a recent train tour of Europe together.
In an Instagram post, the 17-year-old said she has isolated herself in a borrowed apartment after returning to her home country.
However, the Swedish climate activist stressed that neither of them have been tested for the virus, as Sweden is only testing people with the most severe symptoms and those in at-risk groups.
Read Greta’s full post here:
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The last two weeks I’ve stayed inside. When I returned from my trip around Central Europe I isolated myself (in a borrowed apartment away from my mother and sister) since the number of cases of COVID-19 (in Germany for instance) were similar to Italy in the beginning. Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same time as my father – who traveled with me from Brussels. I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed. My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever. In Sweden you can not test yourself for COVID-19 unless you’re in need of emergent medical treatment. Everyone feeling ill are told to stay at home and isolate themselves. I have therefore not been tested for COVID-19, but it’s extremely likely that I’ve had it, given the combined symptoms and circumstances. Now I’ve basically recovered, but – AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE: I almost didn’t feel ill. My last cold was much worse than this! Had it not been for someone else having the virus simultainously I might not even have suspected anything. Then I would just have thought I was feeling unusually tired with a bit of a cough. And this it what makes it so much more dangerous. Many (especially young people) might not notice any symptoms at all, or very mild symptoms. Then they don’t know they have the virus and can pass it on to people in risk groups. We who don’t belong to a risk group have an enormous responsibility, our actions can be the difference between life and death for many others. Please keep that in mind, follow the advice from experts and your local authorities and #StayAtHome to slow the spread of the virus. And remember to always take care of each other and help those in need. #COVID #flattenthecurve
For the last several weeks, the virus has compelled climate activists to take their protests off the streets and onto the internet.
In mid-March, urging climate protesters to post pictures of themselves online, Greta posted a picture of herself, and her famous homemade sign that read, in Swedish, “School Strike for the Climate.”
School strike week 82. In a crisis we change our behaviour and adapt to the new circumstances for the greater good of society. Join the #DigitalStrike – post a pic of you with a sign and use #ClimateStrikeOnline ! #schoolstrike4climate #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/fZkjqN3DOw— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) March 13, 2020