Joe Rogan, the podcast star who once said that young and healthy people do not need to be vaccinated, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The 54-year-old comedian revealed his diagnosis in an Instagram video on Wednesday, after completing a three-night series of shows in Florida last week.
“I came back from the road on Saturday night and felt very tired. I had a headache and I just felt run down, ”he said. “All night I got fever and sweat and I knew what was going on … It turned out I was getting COVID.”
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Rogan went on to say that he “threw the kitchen sink against it” with a wide range of treatments, including some that are not supported by science.
Rogan’s list included monoclonal antibodies that can help the body fight the virus, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Former US President Donald Trump was given monoclonal antibodies when he contracted the virus last year.
Rogan also claimed that he was being treated with ivermectin, a horseworm machine and fake COVID-19 “cure” that has become popular among anti-wax conspiracy theorists, despite numerous studies saying it is ineffective.
Health Canada and the CDC recently warned that ivermectin is not authorized to treat or prevent COVID-19 and that it can cause serious health problems if used incorrectly.
Invermectin is not an antiviral drug, although in some cases humans may use it; it is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of people with intestinal strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis, two conditions caused by parasitic worms.
In some cases of head lice and rosacea, current versions of ivermectin are also approved – but that is the extent of it. It has no ability to protect humans from COVID-19 or other forms of viral invading.
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Rogan further said he was being treated with prednisone, a steroid commonly used to treat COVID-19 patients, and a “vitamin drip,” though it is unclear what that drip contained.
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He said he had a bad day on Sunday and that he was already feeling much better.
“A wonderful heartfelt thank you to modern medicine for pulling me out of it so quickly and easily,” he said, even though ivermectin is not approved by modern medicine.
Rogan has spread false information about coronavirus and vaccine skepticism in the past The Joe Rogan experience, his wildly popular podcast. Spotify reportedly paid $ 100 million for exclusive rights to the show, and it was the streamer’s No. 1 podcast last year.
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Top US doctors blew up Rogan in April to use his platform to deter some people from being vaccinated.
“If you’re like 21 years old and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I’m not, ”said Rogan, who has no medical experience, on his show. “If you’re a healthy person and you exercise all the time and you’re young and you eat well, I do not think you should worry about that.”
Rogan later insisted that he is not “anti-wax” and joked that he is not a “respected source of information”, after facing fierce criticism from e.g. Dr. Anthony Fauci and others.
Nevertheless, he has been skeptical about coronavirus security measures, including mandatory mask rules and vaccine passports.
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Last week, Rogan offered reimbursement to those who purchased tickets for his upcoming show in New York City, citing the city’s mandatory vaccination rule for such events.
“If anyone has an ideological or physiological reason for not being vaccinated, I will not force them to be vaccinated to watch a stupid comedy show,” he said in his show. “Now they say everyone needs to be vaccinated and I want everyone to know you can get your money back.”
Rogan was apparently infected with coronavirus in Florida, a COVID-19 hotspot. State Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has largely rejected public health advice on mandatory masks, vaccinations and lockdowns.
Rogan postponed two upcoming shows with comedian Dave Chappelle due to his illness.
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