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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 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 where 5G began to roll out. They further stated the pre-existing theory that 5G suppresses immune systems. In reality, Wuhan was one of multiple cities selected to pilot the technology.
  • Another post claimed that the virus is a fiction invented to cover up the physical damage being done by 5G.
  • The same post claimed the virus was invented by Bill Gates to control the world by creating a vaccine for it. There is no current vaccine, but Bill Gates is funding vaccine candidates.
  • The virus has spread rapidly in countries with no 5G, such as Iran.
  • Martin Pall, a retired professor from Washington State University, stated that many of his friends have been talking about the harmful effects of 5G, that he finds it very interesting, but haven't thoroughly examined it.

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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

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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 virus. The conspiracy theory and its various offshoots have led to 50 arson attacks on phone masts around the UK.

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 is more powerful than 4G or 3G, and therefore more dangerous to humans and animals.

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 and produce non-ionizing radiation. This means they do not damage the DNA in cell tissue, nor do they cause cancer.
  • The International radiation watchdog has developed new guidelines for 5G after a thorough review of all relevant scientific literature, scientific workshops, and public consultation. They provide protection against all scientifically substantiated adverse health effects due to exposure in the 100kHz to 300 GHz range.

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 where 5G began to roll out. They further stated the pre-existing theory that 5G suppresses immune systems. In reality, Wuhan was one of multiple cities selected to pilot the technology.
  • Another post claimed that the virus is a fiction invented to cover up the physical damage being done by 5G.
  • The same post claimed the virus was invented by Bill Gates to control the world by creating a vaccine for it. There is no current vaccine, but Bill Gates is funding vaccine candidates.
  • The virus has spread rapidly in countries with no 5G, such as Iran.
  • Martin Pall, a retired professor from Washington State University, stated that many of his friends have been talking about the harmful effects of 5G, that he finds it very interesting, but haven't thoroughly examined it.

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 had received threats after condemning the 5G/pandemic theory.
  • Mobile telecoms expert Peter Clarke discovered a Facebook group urging people to burn 5G towers. The groups is now deleted.
  • Britain's big telecoms companies, EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone, released an open letter appealing to people not to damage the masts or abuse their engineers. 39 of BT's engineers have been verbally or physically assaulted, and some have even received death threats.

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 at this time.

UK lawmakers suggested that the rumors are increased because of deliberate disinformation campaigns. Big tech is now taking aggressive steps to stop misinformation and harmful content from spreading on their platforms.

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