Podcast star Joe Rogan says he has tested negative for COVID-19. That comes just days after he had tested positive for the virus.
Rogan had claimed to be taking ivermectin, a deworming medicine. And he’d taken other treatments not recommended by health officials. But he also said he was taking monoclonal antibodies, USA Today reports. Studies have shown those to work.
The FDA recently warned on its website against using ivermectin for reasons other than to treat parasitic infections. It “can cause serious harm,” the agency said.
Joe Rogan Tested Positive for COVID-19 Earlier This Week
Rogan, 54, said on Wednesday he was rescheduling his Nashville show. It will now take place on Oct. 24. He rescheduled it because he tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, per UPI.
“My apologies to everyone. Obviously it’s nothing I can control. It is what it is, crazy times we’re living in,” Rogan wrote on Instagram.
Among the treatments Rogan said he had used since Sunday was ivermectin. He also used monoclonal antibodies, a Z-Pak and prednisone. And he reportedly tried an NAD and a vitamin drip, too.
Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” has vaulted to popularity since it launched in 2009. Spotify acquired it in 2020 for $100 million.
Rogan Has Voiced Skepticism on COVID-19 Vaccines
Rogan has not said definitively whether he himself got a vaccine. However, he has made critical comments about coronavirus vaccines. For instance, he has suggested that young and healthy people did not need to get vaccinated.
In April, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci criticized Rogan on the “Today” show. Fauci pointed out that leaving young people unvaccinated would make herd immunity impossible. He implied it would give the virus a bonus pool of people in which to mutate.
“Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you’re propagating the outbreak” by carrying the virus and spreading it to others, he noted.
Rogan has insisted that he is “not an anti-vax person.” His parents are reportedly vaccinated. Still, he has promoted unproven cures. He has also voiced antipathy toward vaccine mandates or widespread vaccination efforts. And that has drawn criticism from some quarters.
Last month, New York City imposed a vaccine mandate on shows at indoor venues. Rogan told his podcast listeners that anyone who bought tickets for his New York comedy show could get a refund.
“Now they say that everybody has to be vaccinated. And I want everybody to know that you can get your money back,” Rogan said, according to The Sun. “If someone has an ideological or physiological reason for not getting vaccinated, I don’t want to force them to get vaccinated to see a f—ing stupid comedy show.”