Greta Thunberg’s self-diagnosis…of coronavirus

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The thing is, though, she was never tested. This is plainly a case of self-diagnosis, as her Instagram post reveals:

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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

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The more cynical side of me can’t help wondering: Is this yet another attempt on Greta Thunberg’s part to put herself in the center of attention?

After all, we haven’t heard much in recent days from the media’s two favorite child activists: David Hogg and Greta Thunberg.

With all the schools closed, school shootings aren’t much of an issue at the moment—nor will they be in the foreseeable future. (Most predictions assert that schools will remain closed for the rest of this academic year, anyway.)

Likewise, with no one flying, and all of us limited to essential local travel, fossil fuel consumption and climate change aren’t quite the urgent issues, or the fashionable concerns, that they were just a few short weeks ago. 

Where does that leave Greta Thunberg?

Well, maybe it leaves her self-diagnosing herself with coronavirus on Instagram.

Whatever is wrong with Miss Thunberg (and we hope it’s nothing more than hay fever or a mild case of the flu), this blog wishes her a speedy recovery.

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