The Swedish climate change activist, Greta Thunberg has reportedly been experiencing symptoms of the deadly COVID-19.
Keep scrolling for the full story on how she's contracted it, and read the strong message she has for her followers...
Greta Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate change movement.
Just over a year ago, she was relatively unknown.
via: TwitterGreta would regularly sit on her own outside Swedish parliament, first staging a "School Strike for Climate" in August last year. In the weeks leading up to the country’s general election, Thunberg sat on the steps outside of the parliament building in Stockholm, holding up the now-iconic sign that read “Skolstrejk För Klimatet" — translating to “school strike for climate."
The teen sat outside the building during school hours for 3 weeks.Paris Agreement. By sacrificing her education to protest for action, Thunberg began to conjure up attention and gain traction online.
Her unwavering commitment to the environment has woken the rest of the world.
Thunberg is known for delivering blistering, matter-of-fact speeches about the urgency of what she calls the "climate crisis."
Her message is clear: we need to act now.According to the United Nations, humanity has under twelve years to prevent a climate change crisis. A report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of 2018 called for immediate “unprecedented changes" to all aspects of society.
If we do not act, the future, if there is one at all, will be very bleak.
Thunberg has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.
Little by little, her trailblazing activism seems to be sinking in.Live Kindly, earlier this year, Mohammed Barkindo — the secretary-general of OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) — acknowledged public opinion surrounding the climate crisis as a threat to the oil industry.
And her youth school strike movement is growing on a mass scale.
She's also backed by a whole host of famous faces.Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It's been a busy year for the teen.2019 Right Livelihood Award, which is widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize," as well as honored as TIME's Person of the Year.
But, Thunberg's movement has still been met with waves of criticism.
Trolls will criticize the teen for literally anything.
via: Getty ImagesFor a prime example... During a recent rally at College Green, the Swedish activist was accused of damaging a "healthy" patch of grass because, after her rally, it became muddy.
via: Getty ImagesWell, what else do you expect when hundreds of people gather in the rain? Nonetheless, the locals were left enraged after seeing the "consequences" of the rally.
One person on Facebook said this:
OH THE IRONY A fundraising page has been set up to repair College Green in Bristol after it was turned into a mud b… https://t.co/WWX7oZdspa— Jim Slater (@Jim Slater)1582912325.0
It seems that Greta simply can't win.
via: GettyBut the latest outrage against the teen is even worse.
Greta recently weighed in on the coronavirus crisis...
via: GettyAnd some people's responses to her message were completely and utterly disgusting.
The activist tweeted about the outbreak of the deadly virus...
We can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis and we must unite behind experts and science. This of cours… https://t.co/DdK03MXSQk— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1583928301.0
In a lengthy thread, she urged people to listen to the experts.
The climate and ecological crisis is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced but for now (of course depending on… https://t.co/eJdYxMZRvQ— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1583928372.0
Yet, while many Twitter users thanked Greta for her message...
@GretaThunberg Thank you Greta for acknowledging the problem 🙏— Nico (@Nico)1583928433.0
The trolls and climate change-deniers were quick to come out in full force...
@GretaThunberg Except there is no climate crisis!— Simon Conway-Smith (@Simon Conway-Smith)1583949486.0
But some people over-stepped the line...
via: TwitterBy saying they hope that Greta catches the virus and dies as a result.
Threatening a child is clearly Twitter's latest trend...
via: TwitterAs various users took to the platform to inform the seventeen-year-old that they wanted her to catch the virus.
And now, these social media users may have got what they wanted.
via: Getty2 weeks ago, the teenager returned from her European trip and has since been self-isolating.
However, she has now come forward with a worrying update.
via: GettyDespite quarantining herself immediately after her trip, the activist has been reportedly suffering from symptoms of the virus.
She took to Instagram to inform her fans of her condition...
via: GettyWhere she wrote: "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 into her quarantine, she started to experience the symptoms.
via: Getty"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."
Because of restrictions in Sweden, Greta didn't get tested for the virus.
via: Getty"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 has reassured people that she is nearly recovered from her symptoms...
via: GettyBut has a strong message for her followers. "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 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. And this is what makes it so much more dangerous."