Coronavirus: Podcasting host Joe Rogan says he tested positive

Popular podcast host Joe Rogan said Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

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Rogan, 54, who hosts “The Joe Rogan Experience,” said he tested positive after returning from a Florida tour that included stops in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, The New York Times reported. Rogan said he began to feel ill Saturday night, according to the newspaper.

“Throughout the night I got fevers, sweats, and I knew what was going on,” the comedian said in a video he posted to Instagram, adding that he isolated himself from his family, staying in a different part of his house.

Rogan said he took a COVID-19 test on Sunday and the results came back positive.

Rogan was criticized by federal officials earlier this year when he suggested that healthy young people do not need COVID-19 vaccines, the Times reported.

In his Instagram video, Rogan said he was treated with several medications, including ivermectin, a deworming veterinary drug that the Food and Drug Administration has warned COVID-19 patients against taking. He also said he had taken prednisone, a steroid, and a “vitamin drip,” according to the Times.

“Sunday sucked,” he said, but by the time he posted his video on Wednesday, Rogan said he was feeling “pretty (expletive) good.”

“A wonderful heartfelt thank you to modern medicine for pulling me out of this so quickly and easily,” he said.

Rogan was appearing around the country with his “Joe Rogan: The Sacred Clown Tour,” according to the Times. He was scheduled to perform a show with the comedian Dave Chappelle in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, but said in his video that it would be postponed to Oct. 24.

Spotify signed an exclusive licensing deal with Rogan in May 2020, CNN reported. The company’s CEO, Daniel Ek, said he stood by Rogan’s remarks.

“What I will say is we have 8 million creators, and hundreds of millions of pieces of content,” Ek told Bloomberg. “We have a content policy and we do remove pieces that violate it.”

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