On Tuesday, climate change activist Greta Thunberg, 17, revealed that she may have been infected with the coronavirus. However, she also had some good news for her fans.
This week, Thunberg took to her Instagram account to write a lengthy post sharing how she believed she might have contracted COVID-19. She had to self-diagnose because she was unable to be tested in her native Sweden since her symptoms were not severe.
The star explained in her post that she’d spent the last two weeks in self-isolation from her mother and sister after coming from a trip to central Europe. She and her father, Svante, 50, both started feeling symptoms within 10 days upon returning from Brussels.
Greta Thunberg at the United Nations at a summit on climate change on September 23, 2019, in New York City | Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Thunberg shared how her symptoms stating: “I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed.” Despite not having tested, the activist felt it was “extremely likely that I’ve had it.”
However, she also revealed how she was doing now sharing: “Now I’ve basically recovered.” She noted in her post that the symptoms she had were less severe than the last cold she’d experienced.
Thunberg explained that her father having the same symptoms is the only thing that pushed her to suspect COVID-19. She shared with her fans that this was what made the virus dangerous.
The activist ended her post urging younger people to be alert as their symptoms could be mild and unnoticeable. She encouraged them to take actions that won’t put high-risk people in jeopardy.
Last year, Svante revealed to “BBC” that he was "not supportive" of his daughter leaving school for a climate strike at the time. However, he did acknowledge that she was much happier since becoming an activist.
Thunberg started her activism work in May 2018, when she was just 15. She had won a climate change essay competition in a local newspaper, at the time.
In August of the same year, she took things up a notch when she started protesting in front of the Swedish parliament building. She wanted the Swedish government to meet the carbon emissions target they had agreed upon in Paris, in 2015.
When Thunberg was 11-years old she cried a lot according to her mother and who wouldn’t talk or eat anything. What caused this change was a video about climate change that she’d watched at school.
The little girl saw a huge island made of plastic that was adrift in the South Pacific. Little did her parents know that this was the spark that would lead Thunberg to become a climate change activist.