“So I was officially tested positive for COVID-19 today.” 

— Ted Nugent

That was singer Ted Nugent, 72, who has called COVID-19 “not a real pandemic” as well as a “scammy pandemic,” revealing in a Facebook Live post on Monday that he now has the virus. 

“Everybody told me that I should not announce this, but I have had flu symptoms for the past 10 days. I thought I was dying,” he says in the almost nine-minute video. “Just a clusterf—.” 

The “Just What the Doctor Ordered” singer describes suffering symptoms such as “body aches” and “a stuffed-up head.” 

“My god, what a pain in the ass. I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days,” he says. 

Yet Nugent said that he still won’t get one of the available COVID-19 vaccines because “nobody knows what’s in it,” even though half of American adults have safely received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, which has proven to be highly effective in containing the spread of the virus in some countries.

Nugent’s fans wished him a speedy recovery beneath his post, especially as his age puts him in a high-risk group for severe COVID-19 illness. His critics, on the other hand, reveled in the news that Nugent was infected with the very disease he has denied and spread misinformation about. 

His name was trending on Twitter on Tuesday morning — just a week after he went viral for appearing to be confused about what “COVID-19” actually means. 

While complaining about the yearlong pandemic canceling his tour for a second time, he asked in another Facebook Live video, “Why weren’t we shut down for COVID 1-18?” 

In fact, the name notes the fact that the virus was discovered in 2019 — not that it’s the 19th coronavirus. Specifically, COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which the World Health Organization first learned of on Dec. 31, 2019. The WHO notes that coronavirus disease 2019 has been called “COVID-19” for short.

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