Thunberg appeared on a CNN Coronavirus Town Hall to address misinformation around the coronavirus pandemic
Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg joined Anderson Cooper and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta to discuss the social issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Her message was simple: listen to the experts.
"People are starting to realize that we are actually depending on science and that we need to listen to scientists and experts."
There is plenty of misinformation on the virus, which the panel sought to address. One of the bigger claims is that younger people were immune to the virus. "Yes, this does affect elderly people a lot, but we also have to remember that this is also a children's rights crisis," she warned, "because children are the most vulnerable in societies."
"Children do get the virus and they also spread it."
"During any crisis it is always the most vulnerable people who are hit the hardest, and that is children," she said. "Especially in the global south, people in the poorest parts of the world, especially people living in conflict zones and refugee camps."
Thunberg self-isolated with her family and reported experiencing minor symptoms but was not tested for the virus because in Sweden "you don't get tested unless you are in need of medical help."
She posted about the experience on her Instagram account. "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."
On Global Earth Day last month, April 22, she was donated a $100,000 prize that she was awarded by Human Act, a Danish worldwide development organization to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF.) The money will be used by UNICEF's coronavirus emergency programs to provide supplies like soap, masks, hygiene kits and gloves, she explained. "We're talking about washing our hands and staying home but for many people in the world, they do not have access to clean water or sanitation, to soap," she said.
"People are starting to realize that we are actually depending on science and that we need to listen to scientists and experts.
"And I really hope that stays," she said, adding that she hopes it will apply to other crises "such as the climate crisis and the environmental crisis."
Like everything Thunberg does, a bunch of assholes online called her out, specifically for not being a medical expert while being invited to the show.
I am not an expert. I am an activist. The only people claiming that I’m an “expert” are those who are trying to ridicule me. My message has always been to unite behind the science and listen to the experts. 2/2— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) May 14, 2020