Swedish teenager and climate activist Greta Thunberg underwent voluntary quarantine two weeks ago after returning from a Journey through Central Europe, as detailed in a post on her social media. The young woman was isolated from her mother and sister and was left in solitary confinement in an apartment she was loaned. According to her account she had coronavirus and decided to stay away from her family so as not to infect them.
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 and throat 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 awned 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
A shared post by Greta Thunberg (@gretathunberg) on 24 Mar, 2020 at 8:22 PDT
«The last two weeks I’ve stayed inside. When I returned from my trip through Central Europe, I isolated myself (in a department borrowed away from my mother and sister) because the number of COVID-19 cases (in Germany, for example) at first was similar to that of Italy,» the activist began. «About ten days ago I began to feel some symptoms, at exactly the same time as my father, who traveled with me from Brussels. I felt tired, I had chills, a sore throat and a cough. My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and feverish,» she wrote. «In Sweden you cannot get tested for COVID-19 unless you need emergency medical treatment. Everyone who feels sick is told to stay home and isolate the next. So I wasn’t tested for COVID-19, but I’m extremely likely to have had it, given the combined symptoms and circumstances,» he mused. «Now I’ve basically recovered, but… and here comes the point: I hardly felt sick. My last cold was much worse than this! If it hadn’t been for someone who had the virus simultaneously, I wouldn’t even have suspected anything. Then I would have thought I felt unusually tired with a little cough,» Greta explained, «And this is what makes it much more dangerous. Many (especially young people) may not notice any symptoms or very mild symptoms. So they don’t know they have the virus and they can pass it on to people in the risk groups,» the activist said. «Those of us who do not belong to a risk group have enormous responsibility, our actions can be the difference between life and death for many others,» he continued and closed: «Take this into account, follow the advice of experts and their local authorities and stay home to stop the spread of the virus.»