Podcast juggernaut Joe Rogan, who regularly downplayed the need for vaccines throughout the year, announced Wednesday over Instagram he tested positive for COVID-19.
Rogan broke the news to his 13.1 million Instagram followers, explaining that he felt sick with a headache on Saturday night upon returning from his comedy tour in Florida.
“Just to be cautious, I separated from my family, slept in a different part of the house, and throughout the night I got fevers and sweats,” he said. ” And I knew what was going on. So I got up in the morning, got tested — and turns out I got covid.”
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To treat his symptoms, which Rogan said only caused duress for one day on Sunday, the 54-year-old who isn’t vaccinated turned to deworming medicine ivermectin, among other unproven treatments.
The drug, ivermectin, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use by people and animals to treat parasitic infections, primarily in livestock. Using any treatment for COVID-19 that’s not approved or authorized by the FDA, unless part of a clinical trial, “can cause serious harm,” the agency said on its website.
“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it,” the FDA tweeted last month.
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On his podcast, Rogan has described himself as not being “an anti-vax person” but has been regularly critical of mass vaccines needed for events, like comedy shows. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top-ranking expert on infectious diseases, criticized Rogan’s stance on vaccines back in April.
Rogan told his followers Wednesday that his diagnosis forced him to reschedule his upcoming show in Nashville. “My apologies to everyone, obviously it’s nothing I can control. It is what it is, crazy times we’re living in,” he said on Instagram. “But a wonderful heartfelt thank you to modern medicine for pulling me out of this so quickly and easily.”
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Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” launched in 2009 and has become one of the most popular podcasts in the country since. In 2020, Spotify acquired Rogan’s podcast library for a reported $100 million deal.
Rogan, the host for “Fear Factor” from 2001 to 2006, also regularly contributes as a host for UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fights.