UFC color commentator Joe Rogan is on the mend after revealing that he contracted COVID-19 while on his current comedy tour around the United States.
The popular comedian and podcast host made the announcement on social media because he was forced to change the date for one of his upcoming shows as he’s still recovering from the deadly disease.
“I got back from the road Saturday night feeling very weary,” Rogan explained. “I had a headache and I just felt just rundown. Just to be cautious, I separated from my family, slept in a different part of the house. Throughout the night, I got fevers and sweats and I knew what was going on. I got up in the morning, got tested and turns out I got COVID.”
According to Rogan, as soon as he got his diagnoses, doctors prescribed him a number of treatments — including a very controversial drug that’s been promoted by politicians and some physicians despite having no proven anti-viral benefits.
“So we immediately threw the kitchen sink at it,” Rogan said. “All kinds of meds. Monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-pak, prednisone, everything. I also got an NAD drip and a vitamin drip and I did that three days in a row and so here we are on Wednesday and I feel great.”
Ivermectin is actually a drug used to treat parasitic worms as well as being used in some topical creams that can be prescribed for external parasites such as head lice or a skin condition like rosacea. There are also forms of ivermectin that are used in animals such as horses to prevent heartworm disease and treat certain kinds of parasites.
While there’s no medical proof that ivermectin actually has any benefit whatsoever in treating COVID-19, the drug has become so popular lately that the Food and Drug Administration actually had to issue a statement warning people against using it after hospitals reported spikes in ivermectin poisoning.
“You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it,” the FDA’s official Twitter account wrote along with an article explaining why ivermectin shouldn’t be used to treat COVID-19.
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
Regardless of that particular drug, Rogan says that the overall treatment prescribed to him has helped in his recovery and he appears to be almost back to normal after a couple of days dealing with symptoms.
“I really only had one bad day,” Rogan said. “Sunday sucked. Monday was better, Tuesday felt better than Monday and today I feel good. I actually feel pretty f*cking good.
“A wonderful heartfelt thank you to modern medicine for pulling me out of this so quickly and easily. My love to all of you, thank you.”
Rogan added that his cancelled comedy show will be rescheduled for later this year.
Of course, Rogan has come under fire numerous times for takes he’s made on his hugely popular podcast hosted by Spotify about COVID-19 as well as the vaccines developed to prevent further spread of the disease.
Most recently, Rogan blasted vaccine passports while calling them “one step closer to dictatorship” as many venues around the world are requiring guest show proof of vaccination prior to entry.
As for his UFC schedule, the veteran color commentator actually skipped out on UFC 264 August due to a couple of his comedy shows that were previously scheduled, but it’s expected that he’ll be back behind the desk for UFC 266 in Las Vegas in September.