Popular podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan is questioning media coverage, specifically from CNN, surrounding how he was treating his COVID-19 diagnosis.
On his most recent episode of the “Joe Rogan Experience,” Rogan and guest Tom Segura addressed the media coverage after Segura referred to the host as, “Horse Worm Rogan,” alluding to the fact Rogan said he used the deworming medicine ivermectin to treat his illness.
“Bro, do I have to sue CNN?” Rogan responded. “They’re making (expletive) up. They keep saying I’m taking horse dewormer. I literally got it from a doctor. It’s an American company. They won the Nobel Prize in 2015 for use in human beings, and CNN is saying I’m taking horse dewormer. They must know that’s a lie.”
He then added the media coverage is “trying to make it seem like I’m doing some whacky (expletive) that’s completely ineffective.
“CNN was saying I’m a distributor of misinformation,” Rogan said.
Last week when Rogan announced he tested positive for the virus, the 54-year-old said he “threw the kitchen sink” at treating his sickness. He said after testing positive, he took ivermectin, huge amounts of Vitamin C, had numerous IV drips and took monoclonal antibodies.
Monoclonal antibodies have been proven to work, but ivermectin, used to treat parasitic worms, has yet to be proven to treat COVID-19. Multiple health organizations, including the Food and Drug Administration, have urged people not to take it as multiple reports have shown people have been treated or hospitalized after “self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses.”
Rogan said a doctor had prescribed him the ivermectin.
The U.S. has recorded more than 40.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 653,500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. More than 177.4 million Americans – 53.3% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Rogan, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, has been critical of safety measures against the virus on his podcast, which is one of the most popular podcasts on Spotify. He said he is not “an anti-vax person” but has voiced his disapproval of requiring the vaccine.
Later in the podcast, he brought up how people who take medical treatments other than the vaccine to protect themselves against the virus are made to look crazy, yet he feels he recovered quickly using those treatments. He added he was glad he got the virus because it was “a nice, legit solid excuse where I don’t have to do anything.”
“What’s crazy is look how better I got. I got better pretty quick … ,” Rogan said.
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