On Wednesday, American comedian and famous podcaster Joe Rogan announced that he had contracted Covid. This announcement came after Joe had fueled controversies in the past when he claimed not to be “an authority on health” but discouraged young people from taking the covid vaccine. The media mogul is known for his often inflammatory remarks on air that have been met with lots of criticism, most recently by public health officials for spreading misinformation about Covid vaccines. The nation’s leading infectious disease expert called Rogan “incorrect” for saying young people do not need to be vaccinated.
Disclosing his health condition to his millions of followers via an Instagram video, The Joe Rogan Experience host explained that he started experiencing symptoms for the virus “fevers and chills” after returning from a live show. Suspecting that it might be the infamous coronavirus, he immediately isolated himself from the rest of his family while he “threw the kitchen sink at his infection.” In the video, he reported feeling much better. In addition, he disclosed his medications, which included monoclonal antibodies and ivermectin—a drug used against parasites infection in humans and animals such as horses.
Three days later, the stand-up comedian reported feeling great but that his Friday show in Nashville will be postponed to 24 October. “A wonderful heartfelt thank you to modern medicine for pulling me out of this so quickly and easily,” he shared.
His choice of treatment, especially the use of ivermectin, has raised concerns within the medical community as ivermectin is not an antiviral drug or an approved drug for the treatment of coronavirus. Just last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration encouraged people to stop peddling rumors about the use of ivermectin in curing covid. The agency said that it had seen multiple reports of patients who had been critically hospitalized after self-medicating with the livestock treatment.
To clarify the use of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin in humans, the FDA maintained that the drug was only approved for humans in precise doses to treat certain parasitic infections and topical treatment of head lice and other skin conditions like rosacea. The agency further warned that people who overdose on ivermectin when it is misused could experience adverse symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, low blood pressure, vomiting, dizziness, seizure, coma, and even death.
Rogan had previously disclosed on an April podcast that he was scheduled to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine before it was paused. However, he made no mention of his vaccination or lack of it in the video posted on Wednesday. Amid the earlier controversy following Rogan’s April comment discouraging young people from getting the vaccination, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek promoted the podcast host. In an interview with Bloomberg, Ek said, “What I will say is we have over 8 million content creators and hundreds of millions of pieces of unique content. We have a content policy, and we do remove pieces that violate it.”