Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne confirms that he has tested positive for the coronavirus

After reassuring fans that he was feeling fine and that he was recuperating at home during his quarantine, Browne requested people to respect the isolation protocols.

                            Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne confirms that he has tested positive for the coronavirus
Jackson Browne performs onstage (Getty Images)

The legendary platinum-record selling musician Jackson Browne has now confirmed that he has also contracted the coronavirus, after getting himself tested recently. The 2004 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed that he had been feeling really ill for the past few weeks. After the symptoms continued and the world effectively ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Browne realized that he needed to take action: "As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I [got] tested," he admitted. After he tested positive, the singer immediately quarantined himself in accordance with the coronavirus treatment protocol, which requests people to remain isolated for a period of up to 14 days, until their symptoms were alleviated. 

Musician Jackson Browne performs onstage during "Love Rocks NYC! A Change is Gonna Come: Celebrating Songs of Peace, Love and Hope" A Benefit Concert for God's Love We Deliver at Beacon Theatre on March 9, 2017 in New York City. (Getty Images)


However, despite the deadly coronavirus's notorious status as a "boomer killer," (meaning it's generally considered fatal for old people), the 71-year-old Jackson Browne was quick to reassure his fans that his medical situation was under control and that he was recuperating and relaxing at his home in Los Angeles. "My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that,” he stated. 

As for where he first contracted the virus, the celebrated singer-songwriter believes he might have caught it when he recently traveled to New York to perform at the Love Rocks NYC benefit on March 12. The concert also featured iconic music artistes like Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews, Chris and Rich Robinson, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi, and Derek Trucks, amongst other popular names on the bill. The state of New York has over 26,374 documented cases of coronavirus alone, with over 400,000 cases now confirmed worldwide -- that disturbing number is still growing.



"So many people that have it aren’t going to be tested,” said Jackson Browne, hoping to spread more self-isolation awareness in light of his Covid-19 diagnosis. "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." We wish Mr. Browne a speedy recovery and hope he'll be fit enough to perform at concerts again soon!

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