5G can’t hurt you, stop believing conspiracy theories

Facebook has deleted two anti-5G groups spreading conspiracy theories on the effects of 5G. The far-right groups were linking COVID-19 to 5G transmitter masts.

The groups, “Stop 5G UK” and “Destroy 5G Save Our Children,” had amassed 60,000 and 2,500 members, respectively, before Facebook shut them down. According to UK fact-checking website Full Fact, one of the first theories appeared in early January.

The Facebook post which claimed Wuhan, China — where the coronavirus outbreak originated — is also where 5G began to roll out. Anti-5G merchants claim that coronavirus is a fiction invented to cover up the physical damage being done by 5G.

According to Full Fact, they claimed that the coronavirus was invented by billionaire Bill Gates to control the world by creating a vaccine for it. Quite frankly, I find these people and their theories to be hot air.

Facebook said it was taking “aggressive steps” to halt misinformation around the coronavirus and 5G.

As the national medical director of NHS England Stephen Powis put it, “the 5G story is complete and utter rubbish, it’s nonsense, it’s the worst kind of fake news.” 

Just like 4G, 5G was created with the sole purpose of making our lives easier. 5G promises faster browsing, streaming, and download speeds, as well as better connectivity. It’s the natural process of our technological evolution.

It will be used for the ‘Back to the Future’ type life we’ve been waiting for. 5G is essential for integrated applications, such as robotics, self-driving cars, and medical devices.

The idea that the technology we invent will kill us is a very Hollywood way of thinking. David Robert Grimes, a physicist and cancer researcher, said  in 2019 “there is no reputable evidence that mobile phones or wireless networks have caused us health problems.”

Simply put, 5G networks rely on signals carried by radio waves – part of the electromagnetic spectrum – transmitted between an antenna or mast and your phone.

We are surrounded by electromagnetic radiation all the time, from mobile phones, tablets, TV and radio, even sunlight. 5G radiation however, is NON-ionising, meaning it is not a harmful form of radiation.

Dr. Steve Novella, an assistant professor of neurology at Yale and the editor of Science-Based Medicine reiterated this saying, “there’s no known mechanism for most forms of non-ionizing radiation to even have a biological effect.”

The radio wave used for 5G networks, lacks sufficient energy to break apart DNA and cause cellular damage. Cancer Research UK has also concluded that neither 4G or 5G cause cancer.

Since these conspiracies begun circulating there has been over 50 arson attacks on phone masts in the UK alone. 

There are also celebrities cosigning these false claims. ‘This Morning’ presenter Eamonn Holmes rebuked another journalist’s dismissal of the conspiracy theory live on television. This led to Ofcom starting an investigation into his comments after receiving 419 complaints from viewers.

There is so much credible evidence stating that 5G is safe. So why are people still believing these bogus theories?

Joy Nwagiriga

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