Greta Thunberg says she may have coronavirus and is isolating with her father

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    Greta Thunberg says she may have coronavirus and is isolating with her father after displaying symptoms

    • Greta Thunberg says she contracted coronavirus and is now in self-isolation
    • Teenage activist said her father, Svante, was also suffering from the disease
    • Pair believe they became infected while on a train tour of Europe this month
    • Thunberg said she had ‘mild symptoms’ but her father had more intense illness
    • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

    Greta Thunberg says she may have contracted coronavirus and has self-isolated at home with her father.

    The teenage climate activist said she appeared to have been infected along with her dad, actor Svante Thunberg.

    Both began having symptoms after a recent train tour of Europe together and so have been in isolation for the last weeks, she said. 

    They were travelling in Europe before lockdowns were imposed by many governments across the continent in a bid to halt the spread of the virus. 

    In an Instagram post today, Thunberg said she suffered shivers, a sore throat, a cough and felt tired after travelling with her father from Brussels.  

    The Swedish 17-year-old said in a video published by the New Scientist today that her father had ‘more intense symptoms’.

    In an Instagram post today, Greta Thunberg said she suffered shivers, a sore throat, a cough and felt tired after travelling with her father from Brussels

    Teenage campaigner Greta Thunberg said she may have contracted coronavirus with her father while on trains in Europe.She is pictured during a Friday for Future event last December

    Teenage campaigner Greta Thunberg said she may have contracted coronavirus with her father while on trains in Europe.She is pictured during a Friday for Future event last December

    Greta Thunberg's father Svante (pictured) was also said to be suffering from coronavirus that he contracted while touring Europe with his daughter

    Greta Thunberg’s father Svante (pictured) was also said to be suffering from coronavirus that he contracted while touring Europe with his daughter 

    She said: ‘For the last two weeks I have been isolated and then I got the virus.

    ‘I came home from central Europe and then I isolated myself from the beginning, because I thought I might as well as I’ve been on trains…and so 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 I didn’t basically feel that ill. 

    ‘At the same time my father was feeling much more intense symptoms.’ 

    Thunberg said in an Instagram post today that she self-isolated in an apartment away from her sister and mother. 

    She added that she wanted to raise awareness about how easy it was to transmit the infection without realising. 

    The campaigner said: ‘I didn’t basically feel that I was ill. It could be that I was feeling unusually tired, I was coughing a bit. 

    ‘That is because I’m not in a risk group, I didn’t get it very seriously. That also is very dangerous because you don’t know you have it. 

    Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg taking part in the rally ''Europe Climate Strike'' in Brussels earlier this month

    Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg taking part in the rally ”Europe Climate Strike” in Brussels earlier this month 

    ‘If I wouldn’t have been for my father getting it at the same time and much more intense than me, I might not even have noticed it that I was sick.’

    ‘Many people don’t feel symptoms at all, or very mild symptoms, but it can be contagious.

    ‘That is something I want to communicate, that many people don’t feel symptoms at all, or very mild symptoms, but it can still be contagious. So you have to really practice social distancing whether you feel ill or not.’ 

    Thunberg went on to explain that in Sweden patients cannot get tested for COVID-19 unless hospital treatment is needed.

    She added: ‘So of course I’m not 100 per cent sure I have got it. But it would have been very strange if it would have been something else, because it just fits very… especially with my father’s reaction, it’s exactly fitting with the symptoms.’

     

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