Attention seeking Greta Thunberg, 17, claims she just recovered from the Wuhan coronavirus. She never actually took a test for COVID-19, but Thunberg is convinced that she contracted that specific pathogen nonetheless. Forget the vast majority of test results come back negative and children are less likely to develop symptoms; Thunberg's parents told her she was special.
"I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat, and coughed," the Swedish activist announced on Instagram.
Thunberg said her father developed more severe symptoms than herself, which is consistent with reports that COVID-19 affects older individuals more so than children. But, it's also consistent with the idea that coronavirus is a lot less deadly than current death rates suggest because people, perhaps like Thunberg and her father, don't require hospitalization and never get tested. Either way, Thunberg patted herself on the back for self-isolating and saving who knows just how many lives.
The teenager is hopeful the world's response to the coronavirus pandemic shows that action to combat climate change is possible.
In an interview with Reuters, Thunberg said the coronavirus is a "terrible event" but a tragedy that proves the world is capable of taking action to defeat climate change.
"Though it must be in a different way to how we have acted in this case, we can act fast and change our habits and treat a crisis like a crisis," Thunberg announced.
People locking themselves inside their homes, businesses closing down, the stock market in freefall -- Thunberg doesn't understand why we can't do these types of things to combat climate change.
If the walking back of the worse-case estimates for deaths caused by the coronavirus teaches us anything, it should be that end-of-times predictions gleefully touted by the media should be viewed skeptically by the public, no matter how wrapped up in science they may come.