The controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has contracted COVID-19, his daughter told the Sun, a tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom.
“He’ll get better, but he’s definitely taken a step back and it’s just really unfortunate … it’s been a disaster,” Mikhaila Peterson told the newspaper.
Jordan Peterson, who skyrocketed to prominence over his protests regarding Bill C-16, which added gender identity to Canada’s human rights and Criminal Codes. He has long been a prominent speaker on YouTube, the bestselling author of the self-help book 12 Rules for Life and has been published extensively in the National Post.
Peterson dropped from public life earlier this year, travelling to Russia to seek treatment for reliance on benzodiazepines, a class of prescription drugs used commonly to treat anxiety and insomnia; the most common brands are Valium, Ativan and Xanax. Mikhaila Peterson had said he was using them to treat an autoimmune disorder and anxiety.