Jackson Browne has confirmed that he has contracted coronavirus and is currently recovering at his home in Los Angeles.
Browne, sitting down in an interview with Rolling Stone, also confirmed that he came into contact with “several people” who tested positive for the virus at the Love Rocks NYC charity concert which was held earlier this month. “There was already a question of being careful and saying, ‘I’ll bump elbows and not shake hands and won’t hug anybody,’” he said. “But still, you’re in close quarters and you’re breathing the same air.”
Browne continued: “As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I tested [for COVID-19],” Browne said. He described his symptoms as mild and said he didn’t require medication or hospitalization. He “quarantined immediately” upon learning the news.
“I feel lucky that I’m not really affected,” Browne added. “I guess I’ve got a really strong immune system. There’s so much we don’t know. The one thing you can do is not go anywhere, not show up anywhere. Now I wish I hadn’t gone to New York and done this benefit. I think to myself, ‘How much simpler would it have been had I just called in and said no, I’m not going to travel on a cross-country flight and spend two days in New York with all these people that are singing all over the country.’”
“Our experiences will be helpful for others to know,” he said in regards to openly discussing a positive diagnosis. “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.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 25th, more than 428,217 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 19,101 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.