The climate change activist started experiencing symptoms after she traveled with her dad.
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg believes she may have contracted Coronavirus, according to People. However, she said she was unable to get it tested because her symptoms were not severe. The 17-year-old took to Instagram to share the update. She started by sharing that she's been at home for the past two weeks after her recent travels. 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) was similar to Italy in the beginning.
She added that her dad also started experiencing symptoms as he'd traveled with her. 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. Then, Thunberg took the opportunity to shed some light on the healthcare situation in her nation. 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.
She wrote that she hasn't had the test and that she probably wouldn't have paid too much attention to the symptoms if her dad didn't show the same symptoms as well. 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 simultaneously 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 is 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. As Thunberg said, most of us don't pay attention to these symptoms because it could be similar to a cold. However, by ignoring it you are putting others at risk of infection, too.
While some people sympathized with Thunberg, some of them also took the opportunity to say mean things about her. Stephanie C Panetta wrote: You would think this Pandemic would make us all more humble and considerate towards one another...But nope. Still A-holes out there. Mel Issa shared: I’m concerned for the people that are laughing. We shouldn’t be rejoicing over that. I wouldn’t wish it on my mortal enemy. Locka Benn posted: Why so many hateful comments?? I'm glad she made it through whatever she had. Please people lets show some kindness. ALex Lissette added: Good message. Wasn’t a fan of hers but she’s using her status the right way. Good for her.