This week, the COVID-19 pandemic has coughed up one heck of a controversy sandwich for us, and it’s sure to have social media users fuming at one another in no time.
Pseudo shock-jock Joe Rogan has now admitted to having come down with COVID-19, after earlier taking heat for his comments regrading the push for widespread vaccination here in the United States.
In a brief video, Rogan told his 13.1 million Instagram followers that he returned home from the road Saturday night — he’s currently on tour and just performed a series of comedy shows in Florida — feeling weary with a headache.Advertisement - story continues below
“Just to be cautious, I separated from my family, slept in a different part of the house, and throughout the night I got fevers and sweats. And I knew what was going on,” Rogan said. “So I got up in the morning, got tested — and turns out I got covid.”
But then came the part of the story that is likely to spark a little extra controversy:
Rogan said he was now feeling “great” after “one bad day” on Sunday. After his diagnosis, he said he “immediately threw the kitchen sink” at the virus, and listed a litany of therapeutics and treatments he tried, including ivermectin, a medicine used to kill parasites in animals and humans but best known as a horse dewormer.
The treatment is one that has been promoted by conservative media figures, politicians and some doctors, but it also carries a warning from the Food and Drug Administration, which has advised against using it as a treatment for covid-19. Poison control centers have reported huge spikes of calls about ivermectin exposure.
The FDA’s ivermectin warning was delivered in a scornful tone.
“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it,” the FDA tweeted last month amid an increase of people getting sick from the medicine.
Rogan’s popularity and reach will almost certainly make his use of the debated treatment a much larger issue in American culture in the next few weeks, especially if it is successful.