US podcast star Joe Rogan tests positive for Covid

Joe Rogan, the popular US podcast host, has tested positive for Covid-19.

The standup comedian, who attracted controversy for suggesting the young and healthy should not get vaccinated, said he fell ill after returning from a show in Florida, a virus hotspot.

The 54-year-old said he had a headache and was feeling “very weary” and “run down”.

Rogan told his 13.1 million Instagram followers he had isolated himself from his family and taken a Covid test, which was positive.

It is not known if Rogan is vaccinated. After he faced a backlash over his vaccine comments, he later clarified: “I’m not an anti-vax person.”

He said he had been treated with a series of medications, including monoclonal antibodies and the steroid prednisone. Rogan also said he was treated with a vitamin drip and ivermectin, which is primarily a veterinary deworming agent that has not been approved for use against Covid by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The government organisation warns against using the drug to treat Covid on its website: “FDA has not approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing Covid-19 in humans.

“Ivermectin tablets are approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. Ivermectin is not an anti-viral (a drug for treating viruses).

“Taking large doses of this drug is dangerous and can cause serious harm.”

The comic had been touring with his show Joe Rogan: The Sacred Clown Tour and he was scheduled to perform alongside the comedian Dave Chappelle in Nashville, Tennessee, op Vrydag. That show has been postponed until October, hy het gesê.

The comedian’s podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, was acquired by Spotify in 2020, reportedly for more than $100m (£73m).

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