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Comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan tested positive for Covid over the weekend, according to a video posted on his Instagram.
In the clip, Rogan, who loves a disturbing number of comedians and club owners did not take Covid precautions seriously, describes how he “got back from the road” on Saturday night, August 28. That evening he performed the third of three shows in Florida, one of the states with a massive increase in Delta variant Covid infections.
He describes “feeling very tired. I had a migraine. And I just felt, just discouraged. Just for the sake of caution, I separated from my family, I slept in another part of the house. All night long I had a fever and sweating. I knew what was going on. So I got up in the morning, I was tested. Turns out I have Covid.
Rogan has repeatedly shared misinformation about the Covid vaccine on his podcast, claiming that he didn’t believe young and apparently healthy people should get it (they should, as Dr Anthony Fauci later corrected). Just last week, in an episode of The Joe Rogan experience, it was corrected by his guest, Dr Rhonda Patrick, who told her that the risk of adverse reactions to the Covid vaccine is relatively low.
It is not known if Rogan has been vaccinated although he is said previously he nearly received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine just before it was temporarily withdrawn from circulation. It is also before attacked “vaccine passports” and offered refunds to all fans who bought tickets for his show in New York but didn’t want to get the vaccine to attend.
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In his Instagram post, Rogan goes on to say, “We immediately threw the kitchen sink on it, all kinds of medicine.” This list includes monoclonal antibodies, treatment former President Donald Trump received, and one that was strongly pushed by the governor of Florida in the absence of mask warrants. Rogan also listed ivermectin, a drug primarily known as a horse dewormer that has been hype as a preventive and curative of Covid by many in the right-wing media. It is widely discredited, and the FDA has even had to remind people that they are not horses and that they should not use horse medication.
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He goes on to describe his diet, saying, “I only really had one bad day, Sunday sucks.” On Wednesday, he said: “Today I feel good. I actually feel pretty fucking good. While it’s nice to hear that Rogan came out of his experience with little noticeable ill effects, it seems worth repeating what he says himself on his understanding of the virus: “Again, I’m not a doctor. I’m a fucking jerk. “
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