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Greta Thunberg says it is “extremely likely” she has COVID-19

16-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg holds a placard reading "School strike for the climate" during a manifestation against climate change outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, Sweden November 30, 2018. Photo Credit: TT News Agency/Hanna Franzen via REUTERS

Greta Thunberg says it is “extremely likely” she has COVID-19

Greta Thunberg says it is “extremely likely” she has COVID-19

Climate activist Greta Thunberg says the chances of her having caught COVID-19 are “extremely likely”.

Announcing the news on Instagram, Thunberg says she was feeling symptoms of the virus – such as fatigue, shivers, sore throat and cough.

“Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same time as my father – who travelled with me from Brussels,” wrote Thunberg. She says her father had felt much more intense symptoms and a fever.

Thunberg says she has been in isolation for two weeks after travelling around Central Europe.

In Sweden, she explains, you cannot get tested for COVID-19 unless you’re in need or urgent medical treatment. “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.”

The minor symptoms, says Thunberg, makes the virus “so much more dangerous”, explaining the risk that comes with spreading it unknowingly.

“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,” she goes on to say, ending her announcement with a call to stay at home a look after one another. “Remember to always take care of each other and help those in need.”

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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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