Coronavirus: Greta Thunberg self-isolating with symptoms

Teenage climate activist says her illness is mild

epa08318940 (FILE) -  Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety at the  European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 04 March 2020 (reissued on 24 March 2020). Greta Thunberg on 24 March shared via her Instagram that she might have had covid-19 as she has experienced mild symptoms of the disease, adding she has been in self-isolation since she came back from her trip around Central Europe. Thunberg didn't test for covid-19, because in Sweden only people who need urgent medical treatment can test for it. The young activist also encouraged people all over the world to follow the advice of their local experts and authorities and stay at home to slow the wide spread of the virus.  EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ
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Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday said she was self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms after returning to Sweden.

In an Instagram post, Ms Thunberg said she isolated herself in a borrowed apartment after returning to her home country from a trip around central Europe.

She said she started feeling mild symptoms of the disease about the same time her father became more seriously ill.

“I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed,” Ms Thunberg said.

“My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever.”

In Sweden, testing for the virus is mostly reserved for people in need of medical treatment or healthcare workers.

Ms Thunberg said she had not been tested, but “it’s extremely likely that I’ve had it”.

Sweden has so far shunned many of the tougher restrictions imposed elsewhere in Europe.

The Scandinavian country has 2,272 confirmed cases of the virus, with 36 deaths.

Ms Thunberg said her symptoms were so mild she would hardly notice them under normal circumstances.

“Many [especially young people] might not notice any symptoms at all, or very mild symptoms,” she said.

“Please keep that in mind, follow the advice from experts and your local authorities and #StayAtHome to slow the spread of the virus.”