‘My last cold was much worse than this’: Greta Thunberg reveals she likely had coronavirus

Thunberg urged her 10 million followers to 'follow the advice from experts' and stay home to slow the spread of the virus.

Mar 24, 2020, 4:03 pm

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Andrew Wyrich 

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Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist, said on Tuesday that it is “extremely likely” she and her father had coronavirus.

The activist detailed having symptoms of the virus after returning from a trip to central Europe in an Instagram post on Tuesday. In the post, she also urged people to follow the advice of local authorities and stay home to stop the spread of the virus.

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Thunberg said she has stayed inside for the last two weeks after she started feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat, and was coughing. She added that her father had similar symptoms that were “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,” Thunberg wrote in the Instagram post. “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.”

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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

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In the same post, Thunberg called for her 10 million followers to “follow the advice from experts and your local authorities” and to stay home to slow the spread of the virus because she said that she “almost didn’t feel ill.”

“Had it not been for someone else having the virus simultaneously I might not even have suspected anything,” Thunberg wrote. “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.”

Thunberg was named the Time person of the year for 2019 for her work in bringing attention to climate change.

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Last updated Mar 24, 2020, 4:03 pm