5G coronavirus conspiracy theory 'baseless'

Cheryl Sanders
April 7, 2020

Several including telecom companies and cops believe that the reason behind the towers being set ablaze is an absurd coronavirus-5G conspiracy theory floating around on social media platforms in the UK. Among the very first telephone masts to be burned was the one located in Birmingham.

"We're aware of a fire involving a phone mast, but are awaiting further details on its cause", confirmed a spokesperson for West Midlands Police.

The unfounded claim, which has been repeatedly debunked by mainstream scientists and fact-checkers, linked coronavirus to 5G broadband technology without any scientific evidence.

While there's no evidence to support the idea that 5G airwaves contribute to Covid-19's spread, the conspiracy is being shared widely on social media.

Many social media and internet platforms have already taken some steps to stem the spread of misinformation surrounding coronavirus, banning content that references fake treatments and cures and highlighting reliable information in search and in feeds.

As we can see from the video, the lady has been convinced that 5G is spreading the coronavirus, this is shocking that people are believing this utter nonsense. It later spread to other cities in China where 5G was being rolled out.

"Not only are these claims baseless, they are harmful for the people and businesses that rely on the continuity of our services".

British celebrities like the boxer Amir Khan and TV presenter Amanda Holden - as well as Hollywood star Woody Harrelson - have shared content linking 5G to coronavirus on social media, prompting the UK's Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove to lambast the theories as "just nonsense - risky nonsense, as well".

While British National Health Service medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, has described the trend as the "worst kind of fake news".

The most recent claim about the virus is the insidious links between the rollout of 5G networks and coronavirus. Here's one more to add to the pile- 5G cell towers are somehow responsible for spreading COVID-19, according to the latest ridiculous conspiracy theory making the rounds.

"It beggars belief that some people should want to harm the very networks that are providing essential connectivity to the emergency services, the NHS, and rest of the country during this hard lockdown period", wrote United Kingdom chief executive Nick Jeffery. It concluded that the higher frequency radio waves used in 5G have electromagnetic radiations that are well below the global guidelines.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson told The Guardian he received threats from a conspiracist concerning the "bizarre theory" hours before a 5G mast was lit on fire on Friday (local time).

Nigerian Communications Commission in a statement on Sunday said the "radiation emission limits" is set by the International Commission for Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and all network providers in Nigeria are "well below the set limits".

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