Jackson Browne has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The 71-year-old told Rolling Stone, "As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I tested [for COVID-19]... My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that.” he said.
Browne suspects he may have picked it up in New York while in town for the Love Rocks NYC benefit, which also featured Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.
“So many people that have it aren’t going to be tested,” adds Browne. “They don’t have symptoms, but they might have it and might be able to pass it on. That’s what younger readers need to understand: they need to take part in the global response to stop the spread. That means not going anywhere, not getting into contact with anybody, not seeing anybody.”
Jackson is in a self-quarantine for 10 days at his Los Angeles home. He says he's passing the time by calling friends to talk about how they're feeling and whether or not they have symptoms. He's also listening to music, watching TV and reading lots of op-eds.
Jackson said, "I think you testing positive will definitely help people take this more seriously.
"It’s important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we’re going through. Our experiences will be helpful for others to know. I don’t think my case is that important, but it might be helpful to know that some people don’t get this really bad. The idea that we can contribute to the overall herd immunity. You get over this as quickly as you can and be available to help others."