It was Steel himself who reported that he had caught SARS-CoV-2. In one of his latest posts he said:

“You may wonder why I have been so quiet. For most of the last two weeks I have been fighting a battle against COVID-19. I have been with oxygen in the hospital ever since. I go to intensive care today ”.

Alan Steel, 74, was skeptical of vaccines. At the time he even singled out Carrie Johnson, wife of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for promoting vaccination among pregnant women.