Activist Greta Thunberg may have Coronavirus, shares her experience on Instagram
New Delhi : An environment activist Greta Thunberg is likely to be having coronavirus. The woman is in self-isolation these days. Sharing her experience on an Instagram post, Thunberg mentioned that she's been staying inside since the past two weeks. She self-isolated herself after returning from her trip around Central Europe. She mentioned that she started feeling some symptoms exactly the same time as her father - who also travelled with her from Brussels.
In a lengthy post, Thunberg clarifies that at the initial stage she did not feel anything like an infection. "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," she wrote.
She also informs that in Sweden so far, you cannot test yourself for COVID-19 unless you're in need of emergent medical treatment. Over there, anyone who is feeling ill is 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," she said.
Several experts have claimed that in the first eight days, symptoms of coronavirus may be mild. Dry cough, fever and breathlessness have been identified as the primary symptoms of coronavirus.
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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 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. 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 simultainously 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 (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. #COVID #flattenthecurve
Thunberg agreed that young people may feel symptoms mild or not feel at all, but their transmission to kids and aged people could be dangerous. "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," she wrote in the post.
While there is no proven way to fight the epidemic, it is advised that listening to the local authorities and experts is of prime importance. Stay at home, wash hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow and tissue when you cough or sneeze. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!