At least 20 phone masts in the UK have been vandalised amid bizarre claims that newly introduced 5G signals are responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak. Some conspiracy theorists have laid out baseless claims 5G somehow hampers the immune system and the radiation helps spread the coronavirus. There is zero evidence to suggest 5G signals have negative effects on your immune system.
5G is the successor to 4G with download speeds theoretically reaching 10 gigabytes per second – whereas 4G had a max of 300 megabytes per second.
This has some conspiracy theorists concerned the increased radio frequency across the planet could be detrimental to our health.
To establish the 5G network thousands of antennae have had to be installed which has some worried.
On top of that, 5G will use higher radio frequencies which are more concentrated than the signals used by 4G systems which has again triggered health concerns.
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The theories have been prevalent on social media, with celebrities such as British boxer Amir Kahn and Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson among the stars sharing the claims on their official accounts.
Mr Harrelson posted on his Instagram account alongside a supposed report which talks about the alleged negative effects of 5G.
He wrote: “Alot of my friends have been talking about the negative effects of 5G My friend camilla seems this to me today and though I haven’t fully vetted it I find it very interesting [SIC]”.
However, there is absolutely zero evidence to suggest 5G signals have negative effects.
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Experts have weighed in on the debate, blasting the claims that it can help spread the coronavirus as nonsense and “destructive”.
Stanley Shanapinda, a research fellow at La Trobe University, wrote in an article for The Conversation: “5G radiation can’t penetrate skin, or allow a virus to penetrate skin.
“There is no evidence 5G radio frequencies cause or exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus.
“Also, the protein shell of the coronavirus is incapable of hijacking 5G radio signals. This is because radiation and viruses exist in different forms that do not interact.
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“One is a biological phenomenon and the other exists on the electromagnetic spectrum.
“To many of us, it’s obvious a human virus can’t spread via radio signals, and such a conspiracy may be linked to a wider distrust of the government in general.
“Addressing this myth is critical as property is now being damaged, and individuals attacked. Physical and verbal threats to broadband engineers can be added to a long list of assaults on health workers.
“At a time when millions are relying on fast internet to work and study from home, vital telecommunications infrastructure is at risk of being destroyed.
“Conspiracy theories have motivated arson attacks on 5G towers in Belfast, Liverpool and Birmingham.”