Updated Aug 22, 2021 - Health

Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson "responding positively" to COVID treatment

Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline Brown attend the Phoenix Dinner for the 48th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation on September 15, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jacqueline Jackson at a 2018 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation event in Washington, D.C. Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline Jackson, were "responding positively" to treatment Sunday — one day after being hospitalized with COVID-19, their son said.

Details: Physicians at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago were "carefully monitoring" the 79-year-old civil rights leader and Jacqueline Jackson "especially because of their ages," said Jonathan Jackson in a statement Sunday.

  • The two-time presidential candidate and his 77-year-old wife were both vaccinated against the virus in January.
  • Jonathan Jackson did not disclose the treatment that his parents were receiving.

The big picture: People who have not been vaccinated against the virus comprise the vast majority of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the U.S.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on the Jacksons' conditions and further context on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the U.S.

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