Recently I shared a video on my social media about 5G being very deadly, and got a call from my brother from Cadana– a Fiber Telecommunication Specialist. He told me he was angry that I shared a wrong information about 5G, and he decided to give me the right information.
First of all; you need to understand that 5G technology is a trade war between China and US, and it has nothing to do with coronavirus. You see, this is what actually happens…
Do you remember that the US imposed trade bans on the Chinese company Huawei in May 2019? Yes, that was where it all started…
The US saw that Huawei building mobile phone with 5G technologies, and wanted to stop them, because the US wishes to monopolize the 5G network. Unfortunately, China already developed their own 5G, and was ready to use; so, the US banned Huawei from using some of Google facilities.
That said; what exactly is the right information about the 5G network?
5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before.
Like I said earlier; 5G has nothing to do with coronavirus. Contrary to the conspiracy theories claiming 5G technology helps transmit coronavirus; which have been condemned by the scientific community.
It’s unfortunate that lots of Videos are flying around on social media showing mobile phone masts on fire in Birmingham and Merseyside – along with the claims. The posts have been shared on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram – including by verified accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers.
But scientists say the idea of a connection between Covid-19 and 5G is “complete rubbish” and biologically impossible.
Let me explain the Conspiracy theory…
Many of those sharing the post are pushing a conspiracy theory falsely claiming that 5G – which is used in mobile phone networks and relies on signals carried by radio waves – is somehow responsible for coronavirus.
These theories appear to have first emerged via Facebook posts in late January, around the same time the first cases were recorded in the US.
They appear to fall broadly in to two camps:
One claims 5G can suppress the immune system, thus making people more susceptible to catching the virus.
The other suggests the virus can somehow be transmitted through the use of 5G technology.
Both of these notions are “complete rubbish,” says Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading.
Now, lets counter this two conspiracy theories…
“Your immune system can be dipped by all sorts of thing – by being tired one day, or not having a good diet. Those fluctuations aren’t huge but can make you more susceptible to catching viruses.
“Radio waves can disrupt your physiology as they heat you up, meaning your immune system can’t function. But 5G radio waves are tiny and they are nowhere near strong enough to affect the immune system.
It would also be impossible for 5G to transmit the virus, Adam Finn, professor of pediatrics at the University of Bristol, adds.
Here are some facts about the deadly coronavirus and these 5G conspiracy theories …
- The coronavirus is passed from one infected person to another. We know this is true.
- Viruses and electromagnetic waves that make mobile phones and internet connections work are different things. As different as chalk and cheese,” he says.
- Coronavirus is spreading in UK cities where 5G are yet to be deployed, and in countries like Iran that have yet to roll out the technology.
Although, there were plenty of scare stories about 5G circulating before the coronavirus outbreak which Reality Check has already looked into, such as this piece: Does 5G pose health risks?
Earlier this year, a long-running study from the watchdog the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) rebutted these claims, saying there was no evidence that mobile networks cause cancer or other illnesses.
But if anything, the misinformation seems to have escalated.
Viruses invade human or animal cells and use them to reproduce, which is what causes infection. Viruses cannot live very long outside a living thing, so they have to find a way in – usually via droplets of liquid from coughs or sneezes.
Genome sequencing of this coronavirus suggests it jumped from animals to humans – and then began to pass from human to human.