In a podcast with Elon Musk, Joe Rogan claimed that 80% of COVID-19 patients on ventilators died. We fact-checked and found the claim to be Mostly false.
On October 31, 2023, archived episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, titled #2054 – Elon Musk, Joe Rogan stated that 80% of patients on ventilators died. Elon Musk responded by sharing his concerns, citing a conversation with doctors in Wuhan who emphasized the overuse of ventilators during the early stages of the pandemic. This podcast segment was later shared on Elon Musk’s social media platform, X (formerly Twitter).
Has 80% Of COVID-19 patients put on ventilators died?
Not exactly. It is extremely difficult to confirm that 80% of COVID-19 patients put on ventilators died. This statement is not supported by accurate medical or scientific data. Neither Rogan nor Musk provided scientific evidence in the podcast to support their claim.
We researched and found research papers that have approximated this percentage to be around 50 and not 80. These papers have shown that the outcome of COVID-19 patients placed on ventilators can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the severity of the illness, patient demographics, and the quality of medical care provided.
Further same has been confirmed by Dr Sumit Aggarwal who is a Scientist (D) and Program officer, at the Division of Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi. He informs, “There is no figure like this. This is not a rule, in fact survival depends on the patient’s condition, severity of disease, associated comorbidities, and other clinical parameters.”
Even the data published on the Indian Government website shows that the number of people cured/discharged are 4,44,67,877 and deaths are 5,33,294. So, it is important to rely on credible medical sources and research for accurate information regarding COVID-19 treatment and outcomes.
Also, this isn’t the first time we have found inconsistent claims that say COVID-19 is unreal and has literally disappeared. In another claim, we debunked that CDC removed COVID-19 VAERS data from its website.
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