Jackson Browne is now the latest celebrity to come forward with testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), and he’s detailing his symptoms and has an idea of how he contracted the virus.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Browne said he “had a small cough and a temperature” and added that as soon as he had symptoms, he self-quarantined immediately. He also added, “My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that.”

Browne said he suspects he contracted the virus when he was in New York City for the Love Rocks NYC benefit concert at the Beacon Theater. “Now, I wish I hadn’t gone to New York and done this benefit,” said Browne “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.’ I didn’t know it then. There was already a question of being careful and saying, ‘I’ll bump elbows and not shake hands and won’t hug anybody. I won’t behave like that at this show.’ But still, you’re in close quarters and you’re breathing the same air. They are swabbing the mics, but somebody in the crew has it. For all I know, he got it from me. I could have got it from the crew member that has it or he could have got it from me. I don’t know. I traveled on an airplane to get there.”

Browne, who is 71, expressed gratitude for being able to fight the virus at home instead of a hospital saying, “I feel lucky that I’m not really badly affected. I guess I’ve got a really strong immune system…There’s so much we don’t know. 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.”


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