Scientists have claimed that the controversial post noting that 5G technology aid the spread of COVID-19 is false, it was earlier discovered that videos have been shared on social media showing mobile phone masts on fire in Birmingham and Merseyside (England) along with the claims.The posts supporting the claim that 5G network inflict the pandemic have been shared on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram including by verified handles with hundreds of thousands of followers. But scientists say the idea of a connection between Covid-19 and 5G is “complete rubbish” and biologically impossible.
The conspiracy theories have been branded “the worst kind of fake news” by NHS England Medical Director Stephen Powis.
Many of those sharing the false claim are pushing a conspiracy theory claiming that 5G which is used in mobile phone networks and relies on signals carried by radio waves is somehow responsible for coronavirus. These theories appear to have first emerged via Facebook posts in later January, around the same time the first cases of the pandemic were recorded in the United States.
They claim appeared to fall broadly into two camps:
One claims 5G can suppress the immune system, thus making people more susceptible to catching the virus.
The other suggests the virus can somehow be transmitted through the use of 5G technology. Both these notions are “complete rubbish,” Dr Simon Clarke ( associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading) noted.
“The idea that 5G lowers your immune system doesn’t stand up to scrutiny,” Dr Clarke says.
“Your immune system can be dipped by all sorts of things 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.
“Radio waves can disrupt your physiology as they heat you up, meaning your immune system can’t function. But 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.”
It’s also important to note another major flaw with the conspiracy theories coronavirus is spreading in UK cities where 5G has yet to be deployed, and in countries like Iran that have yet to roll out the technology.
Viruses invade human or animal cells and use them as medium to reproduce, which is what causes infection. Viruses cannot live very long outside a biological system, so they have to find a way to penetrate usually via droplets of liquid from coughs or sneezes.
However, it has be been acknowledged through Genome sequencing of the pandemic that it jumped from animals to humans and then began to pass from human to human.