Last Easter weekend, different mobile networks in the U.K. has reported 20 cases of telecom masts being targeted in suspected arson attacks, claiming that 5G networks are connected to coronavirus. There are conspiracy theories claims that these 5G technologies helps transmit coronavirus, which have been condemned by the scientific community, base on a report by BBC.
Scientists says that this idea of the connection between 5G technologies and coronavirus is "complete rubbish" and biologically impossible. Medical Director Stephen Powis of the NHS England branded this conspiracy theories as "the worst kind of fake news."
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As based on BBC's report, sharing of posts are pushing a conspiracy theory falsely claims that these 5G networks - which is used in mobile phones and relies on signals carried by radio waves - is somehow responsible for coronavirus. In late January, these theories appear to have first emerged thru Facebook posts, around the same time when the first cases were recorded in the United States.
They appear to fall broadly in to two camps:
One claims that 5G can suppress the immune system, thus making people more susceptible to catching the virus, and,
The other suggests the virus can somehow be transmitted through the use of 5G technology.
Dr. Simon Clarke, Associate Professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, says that these notions are "complete rubbish." This idea of 5G lowers your immune system doesn't stand up to scrutiny and 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.
Professor Adam Tims, professor for paediatrics of the University of Bristol, says that it would also be impossible for 5G to transmit the virus, adding that the present epidemic we encounter were caused by a virus 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.
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.
Genome sequencing of this coronavirus suggests it jumped from animals to humans - and then began to pass from human to human.
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Base on an article on Rappler's website, it is stated that the World Health Organization(W.H.O) said that these 5G mobile networks do not spread the virus. Instead, the virus spreads through respiratory droplets when infected people cough, sneeze, or speak. It also infects people who touch a contaminated surface then touch their eyes, mouth, or nose.
It is spread through respiratory droplets, WHO stressed that viruses cannot travel on radio waves or mobile networks and that the virus is spreading in countries without 5G mobile networks.
There is absolutely no credible evidence of a link between 5G and coronavirus.
Video social media streaming platform YouTube has also limited content that perpetuates conspiracy theories on the connection between 5G technology and the coronavirus, as reported by The Guardian.
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