Greta Thunberg has urged her followers to remain home after she spent 2 weeks in self isolation to recover from coronavirus symptoms.
After displaying symptoms of cough, shivers, sore throat, and tiredness post her trips to Central Europe- where reported COVID-19 cases, particularly in Germany and Italy, are steep; Thunberg spent two weeks in self-isolation as a precautionary measure.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, 17-year-old vegan climate activist Thunberg revealed that while her father had more pronounced symptoms, her symptoms were milder than her last cold and she wouldn’t have suspected anything had her father not fallen ill.
Although she did not get tested for COVID-19 in Sweden as she was not in need of emergency medical treatment, she suspected she was most likely infected with the virus given the combined symptoms and circumstances.
She wrote: “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.”
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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
‘Difference between life and death’
Although the virus is thought to be particularly dangerous to the older generation and those with co-morbid conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and other immune-comprising illnesses, young people around the world are also equally in danger of COVID-19 complications.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40% of those sick from the virus and had to be hospitalized in the US were between the ages of 20 to 54.
Given the situation globally, Thunberg urged her followers to take necessary precautions to stave off the virus spread even if they seemed healthy.
“And this it what makes it so much more dangerous,” she continued.
“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.”
Flatten the curve
She ended her post requesting that everyone should listen to medical advice and stay at home, in-order to flatten the curve.
“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,” she added.
After a series of protests around the world including the 10th Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate event, where Thunberg addressed at least 30,000 attendees, she urged her followers to continue their protests online amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In a series of tweets, Thunberg wrote: “We can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis and we must unite behind experts and science. This of course goes for all crises.
“Now the experts urge us to avoid big public gatherings for a better chance to #flattenthecurve and slow the spreading of the Coronavirus.
“So keep your numbers low but your spirits high and let’s take one week at the time.
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