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Here's what we know about the bizarre new virus 5G conspiracy theory that led vandals to set 50 cellphone masts on fire
5G conspiracy theories have been around since at least 2019. 5G is the next generation of mobile broadband. It will offer faster speeds than 4G or 3G, and is currently being rolled out in different countries. There have been conspiracy theorists about the supposed harm of 5G radio waves since the tech began gaining public attention.

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5G and Pandemics

5G and Pandemics

A bizarre conspiracy linking 5G and the new virus has taken hold in the UK.

The theory holds that the rollout of faster 5G internet is either causing or accelerating the spread of the v...

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5G

5G is the next generation of mobile broadband and offers faster speeds than 4G and 3G.

Conspiracy theories revolve around the supposed harm of 5G radio waves. The basic idea is that 5G ...

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No evidence

There is no evidence that 5G or any other kind of radio waves are harmful to people.

  • Your phone relies on radio waves. These waves are on the low end of the electromagnetic spectrum ...

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5G is blamed

The 5G conspiracy theory suggests that the rollout of the tech had somehow exacerbated the pandemic.

  • A post on Facebook claimed Wuhan in China, where the new virus started, is also w...

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Arsonists upped their attacks

Phone masts in Birmingham, Liverpool, and Belfast were damaged in arson attacks in early April.

  • While uncertain about the motivation of these attacks, the mayor of Liverpool said he ...

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Addressing the conspiracy theory

UK Cabinet Minister Michael Gove called the theory "dangerous nonsense." The national medical director of NHS England Stephen Powis said the mobile phone networks are absolutely critical ...

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