Greta Thunberg receives abuse from trolls after she reveals she had coronavirus symptoms


Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has revealed on Instagram that she believes that she had contracted Covid-19 but has since made a recovery.

In a post shared on Tuesday, the Swede said that she was forced to self-isolate after returning from a trip in central Europe and said that is was 'extremely likely' that she had the disease. No testing is available in Sweden, despite the country having over 2,000 confirmed cases and 40 deaths.

The 17-year-old said that she only had mild symptoms of the virus: feeling tired, shivers, a sore throat and a cough, but that her 'last cold was much worse than this.'

Thankfully, Greta has declared that she has made a full recovery and also shared a link to the Instagram post on Twitter.

Sadly, due to her prominent profile in the media and being one of the most committed climate change activists on the planet, Thunberg soon found herself on the receiving end of some unwarranted abuse from trolls, including Congressional candidate Deanna Lorriane, who told her to go into quarantine, for 'a long time.'

You would hope that in these trying times that people would have a bit more compassion.

At least, she also received some nice messages of support in her recovery.

Whereas most countries in Europe have adopted strict lockdown measures to combat the virus, Sweden has taken a more 'experimental' approach and has yet to hit its citizens with any major restrictions or limitations on what they can do in their day-to-day lives.

Although public gathers of more than 500 people have been banned and workers have been encouraged to stay at home, its bars and restaurants have remained open as usual, although have been reduced to table service only.

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