5G network and Corona virus Conspiracy Theory.
Conspiracy theories claiming 5G technology helps transmit corona virus have been condemned by the scientific community.
Videos have been shared on social media showing mobile phone masts on fire in Birmingham and Mersey side 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.
5G network and Corona virus Conspiracy Theory
The conspiracy theories have been branded “the worst kind of fake news” by NHS England Medical Director Stephen Powis.
Many of those sharing the post are pushing a conspiracy theory.
Falsely claiming that 5G which is used in mobile phone networks.
Relies on signals carried by radio waves is somehow responsible for corona virus.
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.
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The other suggests the virus can somehow be transmitted through the use of 5G technology.
Both these notions are “complete rubbish,” says Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading.
Masts caught fire in Birmingham and Merseyside, prompting investigations
“The idea that 5G lowers your immune system doesn’t stand up to scrutiny,” Dr Clarke says.
“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.
” While very strong radio waves can cause heating.
5G is nowhere near strong enough to heat people up enough to have any meaningful effect.
“Radio waves can disrupt your physiology as they heat you up, meaning your immune system can’t function.
But the energy levels from 5G radio waves are tiny and they are nowhere near strong enough to affect the immune system.
There have been lots of studies on this.”