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Comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan tested positive for COVID over the weekend, according to a video posted to his Instagram.
In the clip, Rogan, who like a disturbing number of stand-up comedians and club-owners has not taken COVID precautions seriously, describes how he “got back from the road” Saturday night, August 28. That evening, he performed the third of three shows in Florida, one of the US states seeing a massive surge in Delta-variant COVID infections.
He describes “feeling very weary. I had a headache. And I just felt, just run down. Just to be cautious, I separated from my family, slept in a different part of the house. Throughout the night I got fevers and sweats. I knew what was going on. So I got up in the morning, got tested. Turns out I got Covid.”
Rogan has repeatedly shared misinformation about the COVID vaccine on his podcast, saying that he didn’t believe young and apparently healthy people should get it (they should, as Dr. Anthony Fauci later corrected him). Just last week, on an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, he was corrected by his guest, Dr. Rhonda Patrick, who told him that the risk of adverse reactions to the COVID vaccine is relatively low.
It’s unclear whether Rogan has been vaccinated though he’s previously said he nearly got the Johnson and Johnson vaccine just before it was temporarily removed from circulation. He’s also previously lashed out against “vaccine passports” and offered refunds to any fans who bought tickets to his show in New York City but didn’t want to get vaccinated to attend.
In his Instagram post, Rogan goes on to say, “We immediately threw the kitchen sink at it—all kinds of meds.” That list includes monoclonal antibodies, a treatment former President Donald Trump received, and one that’s been pushed heavily by Florida’s governor in the absence of mask mandates.
Rogan also listed Ivermectin, a medicine primarily known as a horse dewormer that’s been hyped as a COVID preventative and cure by many in right-wing media. It’s widely discredited, and the FDA even had to remind people that they are not horses and should not use horse medicine.
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
He goes on to describe his regimen, saying, “I really only had one bad day—Sunday sucked.” By Wednesday, he says, “Today, I feel good. I actually feel pretty fucking good.” While it’s great to hear that Rogan has come out of his experience with few apparent ill effects, it seems worth reiterating what he himself says about his understanding of the virus: “Again, I’m not a doctor. I’m a fucking moron."
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