Greta Thunberg says she may have contracted the coronavirus and has self-isolated at home with her father.
The adolescent climate activist said she appears to have been infected with her father, actor Svante Thunberg.
They both started having symptoms after a recent train tour in Europe together and have therefore been isolated in recent weeks, he said.
They traveled to Europe before governments imposed blockades across the continent in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
In an Instagram post today, Thunberg said she suffered from chills, sore throats, coughs and feeling tired after traveling with her father from Brussels.
The 17-year-old Swede said in a video released today by the New Scientist that her father had “more intense symptoms” like fever and has now recovered.
In an Instagram post today, Greta Thunberg said she suffered from chills, sore throats, coughs and felt tired after traveling with her father from Brussels
In a video published by the New Scientist Thunberg said today that his father had “more intense symptoms” like fever while he only had “mild symptoms”
He said: ‘In the past two weeks I have been isolated and then I have caught the virus.
‘I came home from Central Europe and then isolated myself from the start, because I thought I could, just as I was on the trains … and therefore I don’t want to put anyone else at risk.
‘But then I started feeling some symptoms after a few days. But the important thing is that basically I didn’t feel so bad.
“At the same time, my father experienced much more intense symptoms.”
Thunberg said in his Instagram post that he self-insulated himself in an apartment away from his sister and mother after noticing the symptoms 10 days ago.
He added that he wanted to raise awareness of how easy it was to transmit the infection without realizing it.
Greta Thunberg Svante’s father (pictured at a press conference during the COP24 summit) also suffered from coronavirus he had contracted while touring Europe with his daughter
Teenage advertising campaign Greta Thunberg said she may have contracted coronavirus with her father while on the train in Europe. It was photographed during a Friday for Future event last December
The campaigner said, “Basically I didn’t think I was sick. It’s possible that I felt unusually tired, a little coughing.
‘That’s because I’m not part of a risk group, I haven’t taken it very seriously. This is also very dangerous because you don’t know you have it.
“If I wouldn’t have been for my father to get it at the same time and much more intense than me, I wouldn’t have even noticed that I was sick.”
‘Many people do not experience very mild symptoms or symptoms at all, but they can be contagious.
‘It is something that I want to communicate, that many people do not experience very mild symptoms or symptoms at all, but it can still be contagious. So you really have to practice social distancing, whether you feel bad or not. ‘
On social media, the teenager invited young people to protect groups at greatest risk from the disease.
Thunberg went on to explain that in Sweden patients cannot be tested for COVID-19 unless hospital treatment is needed.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg took part in the “Climate attack in Europe” event in Brussels earlier this month
He added: ‘So obviously I’m not 100% sure I have it. But it would have been very strange if it had been something else, because it suited a lot … especially with my father’s reaction, it suited exactly the symptoms. “
Coronavirus has spread rapidly worldwide since it came into existence last December, reaching over 160 countries and causing over 17,000 victims and over 400,000 cases.
The youth climate strike movement that Thunberg inspired drew millions of people to the streets around the world in 2019.
This year, however, in the face of the emerging pandemic, young climate activists from Fridays for Future have undertaken their weekly digital actions, using the Twitter hashtag #ClimateStrikeOnline.
Thunberg urged young climate activists, many now stuck at home as schools close, to help others overcome the COVID-19 epidemic and to maintain their activism safely.