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Greta Thunberg reveals she has COVID-19 in desperate plea to young people

The environmentalist experienced symptoms along with her father

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Jenni McKnight
Jenni McKnightUS Lifestyle Editor
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Greta Thunberg has revealed that it is "extremely likely" that she had coronavirus following a recent trip around Central Europe. The 17-year-old environmentalist detailed her symptoms in a lengthy Instagram post, in which she pleaded with people to stay at home in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly disease. But Greta was not the only member of her family to be hit by the virus, as she admitted her father also experienced "much more intense" symptoms, which included "fever, shivers and a sore throat".

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Her post read: "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 travelled 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."

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Greta Thunberg detailed her coronavirus symptoms

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Thankfully, Great has now recovered but took the opportunity to issue a stark warning to those who still continue to ignore government warnings to stay at home. She added: "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 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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"And this is 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."

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