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Joe Rogan dismissed COVID-19 vaccines. Then, he got COVID-19

Joe Rogan, a popular podcaster, had previously dismissed COVID-19 vaccines. Now, he has been infected with COVID-19

Scott Jorgensen is interviewed by Joe Rogan in 2012.
Scott Jorgensen is interviewed by Joe Rogan after a mixed martial arts bout against John Albert at a UFC on FOX event in Seattle, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Rogan has been infected with COVID-19, but says he is recovering.
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Joe Rogan, the host of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” said Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after he attended a number of shows in Florida.

  • Rogan had previously suggested on his podcast that young, healthy people don’t need to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

How did Joe Rogan get COVID?

He said he started feeling sick Saturday night once he returned home after visiting multiple Florida cities, including Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, per The New York Times.

  • “Throughout the night, I got fevers, sweats, and I knew what was going on,” he said in a video posted on Instagram.
  • “A wonderful heartfelt thank you to modern medicine for pulling me out of this so quickly and easily,” he said in the video.

Did Rogan get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Rogan has not said whether he has been vaccinated against COVID-19. However, he said he has been taking ivermectin, a deworming veterinary drug that is often used in cows and horses, according to NPR.

Is ivermectin safe?

Per the Deseret News, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said the drug is not an effective treatment for fighting COVID-19. Prescriptions for the drug have been surging in recent weeks.

  • The American Medical Association has also called for the “immediate end” to the use of ivermectin, calling for doctors to stop prescribing despite a recent spike in using the drug, according to The Hill.
  • The FDA said people should stop using the medicine to fight COVID-19 since it can cause nausea, vomiting and neurologic disorders, among other issues.