Greta Thunberg may have the novel coronavirus, she declared through a statement on Instagram.
Though she hasn't been officially tested, Thunberg says that she has displayed all the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
She has since self-isolated herself.
For those wondering why we haven't heard anything about climate change recently… this may be why!
Thunberg recently returned to Sweden after traveling the globe, and that's when she started experiencing shivers, a sore throat, and coughing.
More details as well as Thunberg's statement can be seen below:
Thunberg's statements should wake up Americans who are attempting to politicize the novel coronavirus.
There are Americans who claim that the U.S. hasn't done enough testing.
And there are also those who want us to have a healthcare system similar to European countries, including Sweden.
According to Greta, however, Swedes can only get tested if they need immediate "emergency medical treatment."
This is a stark contrast to America, where anyone with symptoms or anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 can get tested.
Thanks to the private sector, people can also purchase testing kits online or go to drive-through testing sites.
Business Insider has more on Greta's self-quarantine:
Thunberg said she and her father have remained inside in a borrowed apartment for two weeks, so as to not put their other family members at risk, after traveling around Central Europe. She also said they both started to feel symptoms, including shivers and a cough, 10 days ago.
Neither were tested for the virus, as they are not in need of "emergent medical treatment." Thunberg then wrote that she has "basically recovered."
"I almost didn't feel ill. My last cold was much worse than this!" Thunberg continued. "This is what makes it so much more dangerous," noting that people with mild or no symptoms can pass the virus on to others.
"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," the activist wrote. "Please keep that in mind, follow the advice from experts and your local authorities and #StayAtHome to slow the spread of the virus."
Greta quickly became an international figure for climate change after yelling "Shame on you!" to adults at the U.N.
She has since been considered to be a divisive figure with radical ideas to combat climate change.
See some reactions to her announcement:
As the COVID-19 pandemic has nearly infected 400,000 people worldwide, approximately 2,000 cases have been confirmed in Sweden.
Though Greta and her father have not been tested, they say that they likely have it.
The New York Post confirms Greta's statments:
Greta Thunberg said Tuesday it’s “extremely likely” that she became infected with COVID-19 on a recent jaunt to Europe — but has “basically recovered.”
The 17-year-old Swedish climate activist said both she and her father, who accompanied her on the Brussels leg of her journey, have experienced symptoms associated with coronavirus.
“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 wrote on Instagram.
Thunberg said she had already been self-isolating in a borrowed apartment away from her mother and sister since she also visited Germany, which at the time was one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe.
Despite her symptoms, which she developed about 10 days ago, Thunberg didn’t get a test since in Sweden they’re reserved for cases in need of emergency medical treatment.
“But it’s extremely likely that I’ve had it, given the combined symptoms and circumstances,” she wrote.
Thunberg said if weren’t for her sick father, she would have assumed she was “feeling unusually tired with a bit of a cough.”
While there are many symptoms of COVID-19, the most common ones are cough, fever, tiredness, and difficulty breathing.
For younger patients, one of the key symptoms is a loss of smell or a loss of taste.
We also know that people may be infected with the novel coronavirus for up to 14 days before developing any symptoms.
Testing is now ramping up nationwide for anyone who would like to be tested.