In a word, Joe Rogan has covid-19. Comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan announced he has COVID-19 and postponed his stand-up show in Nashville.
Rogan has long questioned the need for the COVID-19 vaccines on his show for young and healthy people, but he clarified on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast that he is “not an anti-vax person.”
“In fact, I said I believe they’re safe, and I encourage many people to take ’em. I just said, I don’t think that if you’re a young, healthy person, that you need it,” Rogan said on his podcast.
Rogan took to Instagram on Sept. 1 to announce in a post that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would be rescheduling his show in Nashville to Oct. 24.
Joe Rogan has covid-19, Be safe.
Joe Rogan on Wednesday posted a video to social media in which he revealed that he has COVID-19. The comic and popular podcast host said he took Ivermectin, a dewormer meant for horses that the CDC says is “not authorized or approved by FDA for prevention or treatment of COVID-19.”
Ivermectin is approved to treat certain conditions in humans, but not COVID-19, which the FDA stressed Aug. 21 when the federal agency tweeted,
“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” The post included information on why the drug can be “dangerous and even lethal.”
On Wednesday, Rogan told his Instagram audience he had COVID-19 and would have to rearrange his stand-up schedule. “I got back from the road Saturday night feeling very weary. I had a headache. I felt just run down,” he said, adding his symptoms progressed throughout the evening. The next day, he tested positive for COVID-19.
“So we threw the kitchen sink at it, all kinds of meds,” Rogan said, specifying he took a Z-Pak (aka the antibiotic azithromycin), prednisolone (a corticosteroid used to treat inflammation), and Ivermectin, which is a drug used to treat parasitic worms in horses.
Some anti-vaxxers have falsely touted ivermectin as an alternative to getting a COVID-19 jab. The New York Times reported on Aug. 30 that Ivermectin has “repeatedly failed in clinical trials to help people infected with the coronavirus.”
In past months, Rogan has pushed COVID-19 misinformation and invited anti-vaxxers onto his podcast. In April, after facing backlash for telling healthy people in their twenties not to get the vaccine, he said, “I’m not a doctor,” in a clip of his show. “I’m a f—ing moron.”
Spotify, which has a roughly 100 million dollar exclusive deal with Rogan, could not immediately be reached for comment.
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Rogan noted he is feeling better. “Here we are on Wednesday, and I feel great,” he said. “I really only had one bad day. So today I feel good, and I actually feel pretty fucking good.”
Rogan did not mention if he had been vaccinated but did say in the Instagram post, “A wonderful, heartfelt thank you to modern medicine for pulling me out of this so quickly and easily.”
It’s unclear if Rogan is vaccinated against COVID-19.
Spotify did not immediately return a request for comment on Rogan’s Ivermectin note.
Rogan has won legions of dedicated listeners by courting controversy on his show. Last October, he came under fire for interviewing far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his Spotify show. In addition, he recently faced criticism after saying that young and otherwise healthy people don’t need a COVID-19 vaccine.