On Tuesday, Greta Thunberg disclosed that both she and her father, Svante, had COVID-19 symptoms, and that even though hers were mild, it was "extremely likely" that she had got the virus. She used the statement to warn youth to stay home to protect those who are the most susceptible, even if they don't feel unwell. Many do not suffer any obvious signs of illness whatsoever, and not knowing they have the virus, they can pass it on to others in risk groups.
"We who don't belong to a risk group have a tremendous responsibility, for many others our acts can be the difference between life and death," she said.
At a session in Brussels early March, Greta commented to European Union policymakers - and said she and her father, who accompanies her on her travels, had confined themselves in a separate apartment in an attempt to protect her mother and her sister at home in Stockholm.
She said she had felt “tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed.” Her father, she said, felt far worse and had a fever.
"Her solo climate strikes helped fuel a global youth movement pressing world leaders to take action to slow down catastrophic climate change. For the last several weeks, the virus has compelled climate activists to take their protests off the streets and onto the internet." - The Guardian
If you wonder why she didn't go to the clinic to confirm that, then know that Sweden offers COVID-19 tests only to those who need urgent medical care.
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