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Greta Thunberg Says She Had Coronavirus, Self-Isolated, And Recovered
Greta Thunberg, the climate activist from Sweden has been off the grid for a while now. But she's back and she has some rather shocking news. Greta, 17, says she had the coronavirus (she wasn’t tested), self-isolated — and got better: “The last two weeks I’ve stayed inside,” the teenager wrote in a post on Instagram. “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 travelled 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 is 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 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. #COVID #flattenthecurve.”