Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne has coronavirus

Jackson Browne has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus spreading around the globe, he told Rolling Stone on Tuesday.

Browne, 71, said he got tested for the virus after developing a “small cough and a temperature” following a trip to New York earlier this month. He said he received a positive diagnosis and has only had “pretty mild” symptoms, but he warned everyone to listen to health officials’ social distancing guidelines in order to help stop the spread of the virus around the globe.

“I quarantined immediately upon feeling sick,” Browne said, saying he wasn’t sure where he picked up the virus but suspected it was at a music benefit in New York City. “It was before the mandatory quarantine orders were issued, because you don’t know if you had it or not. … You have to assume you have it. You need to assume that you in some way could very easily pass it to someone else.”

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Jackson Brown, from left, Chris Robinson, Tanya Blount-Trotter, Michael Trotter Jr., Joss Stone and Derek Trucks perform at Love Rocks NYC!, a Benefit Concert for God's Love We Deliver at the Beacon Theatre on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in New York. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Jackson Browne, left, performs at Love Rocks NYC!, a Benefit Concert for God's Love We Deliver at the Beacon Theatre on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in New York. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Musicians Michelle Phillips, left, and Jackson Browne pose together at the premiere of the documentary film "Echo in the Canyon" on the opening night of the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 24: Jackson Browne speaks on stage during the Austin City Limits 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at ACL Live on October 24, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Jackson Browne performs during the 2018 LA Film Festival opening night premiere of "Echo In The Canyon" at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on September 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Film Independent)
TEMECULA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Musician Jackson Browne performs on stage at Pechanga Casino on February 25, 2018 in Temecula, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Director/actor Tim Robbins and musician Jackson Browne attend opening night of 'The New Colossus' at the Actors' Gang theater company on February 17, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Jackson Browne performs during Cyndi Lauper's 2017 "Home for the Holidays" concert benefitting the True Colors Fund at Beacon Theatre on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Cyndi Lauper and Jackson Browne perform during Cyndi Lauper's 2017 "Home for the Holidays" concert benefitting the True Colors Fund at Beacon Theatre on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Ben Stiller and Singer/Songwriter Jackson Browne attend the Artists For Peace And Justice Festival Gala 2017 Presented By Bovet 1822 at AGO on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Ernesto Di Stefano/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: Presenter Jackson Browne speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. Debuting on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Amy Helm, Tash Neal, Jackson Browne, Gary Williamson, Lisa Fischer, John Varvatos, and Karen Pearl perform 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. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic,)
020239.ca.1128.folk6.gf A benefit for FolkScene was held Tuesday evening, 11/27/00 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. The radio show FolkScene is embroiled in a dispute with its former home, KPFK, after it was canceled in October, 2000 due to a dispute with management over ownership of the program. JACKSON BROWNE (CENTER) leads finale with performers from the evenings performance. (Photo by Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Jackson Browne and son Ryan Browne at World Premiere of "Batman Returns" at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on June 16, 1992 (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 07: Photo of Jackson BROWNE; Jackson Browne Ahoy' Rotterdam 7-10-1986 (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
Jackson Browne, portrait, circa 1975. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
(MANDATORY CREDIT David Tan/Shinko Music/Getty Images) Jackson Browne and Graham Nash at Palmetto Alliance benefit concert, unknown, April 21, 1978. (Photo by David Tan/Shinko Music/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 1978: Singer songwriter legend Jackson Browne poses for a New Years portrait in December 1978 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Jackson BROWNE (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
(MANDATORY CREDIT Ebet Roberts/Getty Images) UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Jackson BROWNE; Jackson Browne performing on stage (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
(MANDATORY CREDIT Ebet Roberts/Getty Images) Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Rosemary Butler performing at the No Nukes Muse Party at Trax in New York City on February 18, 1980. (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
(MANDATORY CREDIT Ebet Roberts/Getty Images) UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Jackson BROWNE; Jackson Browne performing on stage (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES: Jackson Browne posed in Amsterdam, Holland in 1975 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer directly addressed reports that young people haven’t been taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously. Recent footage has shown college students crowding beaches and bars over spring break.

“They can spread this disease by not taking it seriously. They can spread it to somebody by presuming they won’t have any adverse effects themselves, and they can therefore keep partying and going where they want to go,” he said. “There’s no guarantee that because you’re young, you’re not going to be affected by this.”

He 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.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that new data showed young people are making up larger portions of hospitalizations related to COVID-19, despite initial claims that the disease mostly afflicted older people or those with underlying health conditions. The agency said nearly 40% of patients were ages 20 to 54. The risk of death, however, remains much higher for older people.

Several other celebrities have already documented their struggles with coronavirus, including Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Idris Elba and professional basketball players including Kevin Durant.

Browne, who said he’s been isolated at home for 10 days so far, urged others to share their experiences with coronavirus going forward, saying that by doing so it could help contribute to a societal response and help stop the spread of the disease.

“It’s important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we’re going through,” he told Rolling Stone. “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.”

- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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