Coronavirus and 5G – the facts

By Editor on 16th Apr 2020

In recent months, a theory has emerged to connect the Coronavirus (Covid-19) to the prevalence of 5G. It is claimed that that 5G – which is used in cellphone networks and relies on signals carried by radio waves – is somehow responsible for Coronavirus. These theories appear to have first emerged via social media in January.

The theories suggest that 5G can suppress the immune system, (making people more susceptible to catching the virus) and  the virus can be transmitted through the use of 5G technology.

Is this true? In short, no.

In a report on the subject by the BBC, numerous experts dismissed these claims.  “The idea that 5G lowers your immune system doesn’t stand up to scrutiny,” Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading. “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.”

CNN Business recently published an article that investigated if there was any substantial evidence linking the spread of Covid-19 and 5G.

“5G networks began rolling out in cities and countries in 2018, but were more widely adopted in 2019 — the same year that Wuhan, China, saw the world’s first coronavirus outbreak. Conspiracy theorists were quick to link the two, ignoring the ever-relevant adage: Correlation does not imply causation. People on the internet shared two maps of the United States suggesting areas that had been hit hardest by Covid-19 were also places where 5G networks had been installed.

Another thing those areas have in common? They’re metropolitan areas: large population centers that are more vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus and are more likely to adopt 5G networks earlier. There are other reasons those suggestions don’t hold up. Although Iran has not rolled out 5G, it’s one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.”

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