Greta Thunberg says she has coronavirus and sends stark warning about disease

Eco-warrior Greta Thunberg has confirmed she has contracted the coronavirus.

The Swedish climate campaigner broke her silence in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.

She said she had gone into self isolation with her father after they both started displaying symptoms of covid-19, but stressed she is in good health.

The 17-year-old said the pair had recently been on a train tour of Europe together before travel restrictions were imposed.

In a tweet the Swede said: "The last two weeks I’ve stayed inside. When I returned from my trip around Central Europe I isolated myself since the number of cases of COVID-19 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 throat and coughed. My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever."

She went on to stress that people must follow government advice to self-isolate on the virus, which can easily go undetected.

She added it was a reminder of why it was important for people to follow the social distancing measures imposed by governments.

"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.

"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.

"And this it what makes it so much more dangerous. Many 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."

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