Joe Rogan has a large and dedicated fan base. However, many of these same fans are not afraid to call Joe Rogan when they feel he is hypocritical or unreasonable in one way or another. And based on fan reaction to Rogan using multiple COVID-19 tests on himself, that hasn’t changed. Rogan recently discussed the use of coronavirus tests on himself and his guests, and also said that he has used several on himself and will continue to do so.
Joe Rogan uses tests not approved by the FDA
It looks like Joe Rogan is rolling out coronavirus tests for his guest stars. However, it also appears that they are not approved by the FDA.
During a recent episode of Joe Rogan Experience along with Chris D’Elia, Rogan revealed that he has a personal physician on duty to administer the coronavirus tests. The podcast started with Rogan’s song, which Chris D’Elia tested negative.
D’Elia said, “Do you know why I took the test? Because I know Joe Rogan. Because I came here and he had a doctor. “
Rogan appears to have used a personalized Concierge MD from Concierge MD LA, who presents himself as “a premium provider of high-end, on-demand and personalized medical care in Los Angeles.”
Dr. Abe Malkin, the doctor in question, told Vice: “There are about 70 companies that produce antibody tests, and only one of them is FDA approved, that is, Cellex. I don’t know how they got this contract, they got FDA approval, but it’s impossible to get these tests. “
He added, “I’m warning everyone, it’s not FDA approved, you can’t use it for diagnosis, it’s more for peace of mind, for epidemiological data . But if they need a definitive diagnosis, they should get a nasal swab. I tested around 300 [people] in the past week, approximately 5% of asymptomatic people tested positive for antibody testing and about 10-20% of symptomatic people tested positive for antibody testing. And all those who were known to be positive tested positive in antibody tests. “
How many times has Joe Rogan been tested?
Joe Rogan’s concierge and subsequent tests are not cheap, to say the least. Nasal swab or antibody test would cost $ 299 per take, according to the Concierge MD LA website.
On his podcast, Joe Rogan explained, “I was tested yesterday and I did it two days before. I’m just going to test myself every three or four days. F * ck it. “
“So I test everyone. So the way we do it here is when people come to do the podcast, test them first, keep the f * ck away from them and then hug them, “he added.
Fans go after Joe Rogan
During this time of crisis, in which the U.S. is experiencing a shortage of PPE, testing equipment and things like respirators, some Rogan fans feel frustrated with the star for demonstrating his ability to use multiple tests when desired.
An Instagram user wrote, “Why do you keep doing your podcast when there are strict rules for staying at home and at social distance, don’t you have any respect for the tireless healthcare workers who struggle day after day to keep people from dying? “
“And you guys, stop wasting the much-needed test kits and watch quarantine like the rest of the country?” asked another speaker.
A Twitter user joked, “How can I access Joe Rogan’s podcast? I don’t need to talk to Joe Rogan, I just want a coronavirus test. “
Another user tweeted, “Don’t get me wrong. I love Joe Rogan, but is anyone else really discouraged by Rogan pulling strings to have all his buddies rich in coronavirus tested? “