When I saw the headline I thought it must be old news from last year… Nope, it was just last week.
Ted Nugent wants to know “why weren’t we shut down for Covid one through 18?”
In a Facebook Live video posted last week, the rockstar with Michigan roots wondered out loud why there weren’t lockdowns during previous coronavirus discoveries.
“COVID-1 — and there was a COVID 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 — COVID one through 18 didn’t shut anything down but woah, COVID-19,” he said during the video.
Nugent also questioned why there weren’t shutdowns during other health epidemics that spread across the U.S. in previous decades.
Snopes didn’t waste much time on the veracity of the asinine statement…
Much of the information included in Nugent’s social media rant was misleading and rife with misinformation.
For example, Nugent echoed erroneous claims that numbers of reported COVID-19 deaths have been exaggerated (we fact-checked similar claims here, here, and here) and questioned whether the 500,000 total death count was accurate. (As of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed more than 539,000 associated deaths in the U.S.) Nugent also claimed that COVID-19 is “99.8% survivable” (False) and questioned why there were no shutdowns for other pandemics like the so-called Spanish Flu of 1918 (In fact, there were many.)
The respiratory disease COVID-19 was named in February 2020 for the coronavirus that causes it — SARS-CoV-2 — and the year in which the first disease case was reported — 2019. Following that logic, Nugent’s proclamation of a “COVID one through 18” would suggest that there had been 18 years of coronavirus infection rates at a global scale, which is unfounded.
Their job, as they saw it, was to confirm that the dumbass actually said it.
Twitter is thankful…
I found some guy on youtube talking about it… He’s got the clip:
He also calls the statistic that over a half million people have died as a result of the pandemic “bullshit!”