Conservative podcast host Joe Rogan shocked the world Wednesday when he revealed in a video posted to Instagram that he’d been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Bucking the recommendations of public health officials like National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) chief Anthony Fauci, Rogan also revealed Wednesday that he’s taking a drug known as ivermectin as part of his treatment for the coronavirus, Fox News reported.
Speaking in his Wednesday video, Rogan said he began experiencing “fevers” and “sweats” last Saturday, NPR reported. Now, the podcaster says he’s on “all kinds of meds.”
“We immediately threw the kitchen sink at it. All kinds of meds,” Rogan said, according to Fox. “Monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-pak, prednisone, everything. And I also got an anti-D drip and a vitamin drip.”
“I feel great”
According to NPR, ivermectin is “a deworming veterinary drug that is formulated for use in cows and horses.” NPR notes that “[w]hile a version of the drug is sometimes prescribed to people for head lice or skin conditions, the formula for animal use is much more concentrated.”
In recent weeks, public health officials and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have sought to warn Americans against taking the animal version of ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. The agency says the drug can “cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, neurologic disorders, and potentially severe hepatitis requiring hospitalization,” according to NPR’s report.
Dr. Fauci himself has also spoken out against the drug. “Don’t do it,” he warned, according to Boston.com. “There’s no evidence whatsoever that it works and it could potentially have toxicity…with people who have gone to poison control centers because they’ve taken the drug at a ridiculous dose and wind up getting sick.”
Fauci added: “There’s no clinical evidence that indicates that this works.”
But Rogan says he’s feeling “great” after receiving a cocktail of treatments for three days straight.
“Here we are on Wednesday and I feel great,” he told viewers Wednesday, according to Fox. “I really only had one bad day. Sunday sucked, but Monday was better, Tuesday felt better than Monday, and today, I feel good.”
A report published last month by Nature on the “challenges of investigating drug efficacy during a pandemic” notes that “data on ivermectin’s efficacy against COVID-19 in people are still scarce, and study conclusions conflict greatly[.]” Another report from National Geographic conceded that “[s]tudies are inconclusive” on the drug as a cure for COVID-19.
With that, it seems unfair for Fauci et al. to reject the drug outright. After all the back and forth we’ve seen from federal officials with regard to COVID-19 and related prevention measures, it’s hard to blame people like Rogan for not wanting to trust their advice.