(CNN) — The activist Swedish Greta Thunberg is urging the world to listen to the scientists while describing the devastating impact that the pandemic coronavirus is having across the world.
“During any crisis, are always the most vulnerable people affected the most, and are the children,” said the young environmentalist.
“Especially in the South of the world, the people in the poorest parts of the world, especially the people who live in conflict zones and refugee camps”, he added.
To appear in a forum on the coronavirus organized by CNN, with Anderson Cooper and medical correspondent head of CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Thunberg addressed the misinformation about the disease, including the form in which it was believed originally that the covid-19 to affect only older people.
“Yes, this very much affects older people, but we must also remember that this is also a crisis of the rights of children”, he warned, “because children are the most vulnerable in our societies.”
“The children get the virus and also transmitted”.
As a role model for many young people around the world, Thunberg, 17, was isolated from his family at the beginning of this year, after believing that he had contracted the virus, although it has never taken the test.
She explained that in their country of origin, Sweden, “don’t do the test unless you need medical help”.
Thunberg was isolated anyway because, he said, was “the right thing”.
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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
Despite having had what she describes as symptoms of mild, published on their experience on social networks to create awareness about the virus and the appropriate measures to take.
“Many people will not even realize they have symptoms, and then can transmit the virus without even knowing it,” he said.
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“So we have to be very careful, because our actions can be the difference between life and death for many others.”
Thunberg is best known for her environmental activism, leading strikes, weather around the world, strikes that are now done on-line.
In the World Day of the Earth, on 22 April, Human Act, a Danish organization, world development, awarded a prize of US$ 100,000 for his activism in the climate. Later donated that money to the United Nations Fund for Children (Unicef), launching a campaign specifically intended to safeguard the rights and welfare of the children during the pandemic of coronavirus.
The money will be used by the emergency programs of coronavirus Unicef to provide supplies such as soap, face masks, hygiene kits and gloves, he explained.
“We are talking about washing our hands and staying home, but many people in the world who do not have access to clean water or sanitation, or the soap,” he said.
“You may not even have a house where to stay”.
“That is why we need to help the people who are most vulnerable to this crisis in ways that we may not think in the global North,” he added.
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Despite sounding the alarm about the virus, Thunberg said he sees a positive side in all this.
“People are starting to realize that really we are dependent on science and that we need to listen to scientists and experts”.
“And I really hope that it remains,” he said, and added that he hopes to apply to other crisis “as the climate crisis and the environmental crisis.”
The appearance of Thunberg in the forum of coronavirus CNN generated criticism from some, who accused her of not being an expert on the virus. However, the teenager clarified on Twitter that he never appeared as an expert nor is.
Rather, it is an activist with many followers and is trying to clarify the impact this virus will have on future generations.