As a global pandemic rages around us, frightening the ever-living daylights out of the world at large, it seems an odd time for a climate change celebrity to be trying to catch a headline.
But that’s not stopping precocious global warming advocate Greta Thunberg this week, as she makes an entirely befuddling claim about her own apparent brush with COVID-19.
The 17-year-old said she and father recently exhibited coronavirus-like symptoms and have self-quantified for two weeks following a trip through western Europe.
“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,” Thunberg explained in an Instagram post.
“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.”
Thunberg did admit that she was never tested, however.
Thunberg then stated that she in fact has not undergone testing in Sweden, as tests are reserved for emergency cases.
“Now I’ve basically recovered, but – AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE: I almost didn’t feel ill,” she added. “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.”
We’re not sure if this is supposed to be an attempt at attention, or just Thunberg trying to earn herself a new metaphorical merit badge in the global media club.