Dana White called Joe Rogan for advice after contracting COVID-19 – .

Dana White called Joe Rogan for advice after contracting COVID-19 – .

Dana White says he contracted COVID-19 over Thanksgiving and is taking advice on how to tackle it from Joe Rogan.

The UFC president, speaking on the Jim Rome podcast, said he and his family spent Thanksgiving vacation in Maine. Upon their return, he said that “literally” his entire family had tested positive for COVID-19.

White, 52, said he takes a daily dip in the cold and steam, and in that routine on Sunday, he realized he didn’t have his sense of smell.

“I come out of the plunging cold and in the steam, and I spray eucalyptus and I couldn’t smell a thing,” White said, according to the MMA Fighting website. “So I open the bottle, start to sniff the eucalyptus bottle, and I’m like yeah, I don’t have a smell.” So you know what that means. I literally got out of breath, picked up my phone, and called Joe Rogan.

Rogan, who hosts a very popular podcast on Spotify and is a broadcaster for the UFC, has been a lightning rod throughout the COVID-19 saga. The hubbub over the vaccination status of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers included controversy over him, saying he was receiving COVID-19 recovery advice from Rogan.

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Rogan, 54, said he was not vaccinated and had taken the drug ivermectin and received monoclonal antibodies. In October, Rogan argued with CNN’s Dr Sanjay Gupta about the doctor referring to ivermectin as a “horse dewormer” when there is a version of the drug produced for humans.

Nonetheless, the FDA said it had not “approved or authorized” taking ivermectin to treat COVID-19. Ivermectin, according to the FDA, is “approved for human use to treat infections caused by certain parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions such as rosacea.”

“Look, I’m vaccinated,” White said. “It’s not like I’m a crazy anti-vax conspiracy theorist or anything like that, but Rogan is a very bright guy. A very smart guy who talks to the best and the brightest and I don’t believe in storytelling. But at the end of the day, it’s a free country. Because what happens when you get that stuff they tell you to stay home for the next 10 days until you don’t test positive. It doesn’t sound smart to me. Just like when we went through COVID, I believe in finding solutions to problems and answers. “

White was referring to America’s escape from COVID-19 lockdowns by hosting events in Abu Dhabi at a location the UFC has called “Fight Island” from July 2020 through October 2021.

White went on to explain how he listened to Rogan’s advice on dealing with COVID-19, and hopes to recover and test negatively in time to attend UFC Vegas 44 on Saturday.

“Rogan has worked with over 30 or 40 people who have done this and he swears by it, and he’s a good friend of mine that I’ve known for over 20 years. So yes, I believe in what he says. I think the way he explained to me how this thing worked made sense to me, ”White said.

“I’m attacking this thing with the methods Rogan has learned from very smart people. I will continue to test every other day until I come back negative, then I will get back to work as soon as possible. I hope [I’ll be at UFC Vegas 44]. If my test is negative then absolutely positive I will be there. I’m going to do the exact protocol that’s supposed to be done to make sure I’m clean and can be around people again. As soon as it’s 100% clear, I’ll be back to work.


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