Ted Nugent has said enough dumb stuff over the past few years that I could probably have an entire segment dedicated to it and never be hurting for content. However, this one might take first place.
In a recent Facebook Live stream gloriously transcribed by Blabbermouth, Nugent claimed he is "addicted to truth, logic and common sense" right before asking why the United States didn't shut down for COVID-1 through COVID-19.
"This year's tour is canceled again. The production companies won't let us tour again this year. Dirty bastard, lying, scam, smoke-and-mirrors COVID-19 freaks.
"You know, I guess I would ask you, because I'm addicted to truth, logic and common sense, and my common sense meter would demand the answer to, why weren't we shut down for COVID-1 through -18? There was a COVID-1, and there was a COVID-2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8, -9, -10, -11, -12, -13, -14, -15, -16, -17, -18. COVID-1 through -18 didn't shut anything down, but woah, COVID-19 [did], even though it's 99.8 percent survivable. Why didn't we shut down for the AIDS epidemic or the flu or the Spanish Flu or the bird flu or the West Nile flu or influenza every year?"
Precisely one Google search brings up this page by the CDC, which has the following to say about the name COVID-19 and has nothing to do with it being the nineteenth in a series.
"On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as '2019 novel coronavirus' or '2019-nCoV.'"
Oh and Ted, the United States did shut down during the Spanish Flu.