Despite the fact that 5G has no credible link to cancer or any other disease, conspiracy theories thrive on social media and certain parts of the Internet.
In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, conspiracy theorists have increased paranoia by creating a story that links 5G to the spread of COVID-19. These unsubstantiated claims have now set cell phone towers on fire in Britain and misused engineers.
Earlier this week, a 20-meter cell tower tower was set on fire in Birmingham. The video of the event was distributed to several anti-5G groups on Facebook. These videos were later removed from Facebook, which encouraged other social media platforms to do the same.
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The police are still investigating the cause of the fire, but the EE engineers investigated it were on site, suspect that it was the work of arsonists. Another tower was set on fire on Friday, this time in Merseyside. Both the mast and the control panels were damaged before fire and rescue services were able to extinguish the flames.
This is just the latest outbreak of anti-5G sentiment in the UK, where telecommunications workers were harassed in the past month by conspiratorial residents. With many working from home in the country, these workers are considered essential to maintain the necessary online communication.
Remote workers, hospitals and emergency services are all dependent on telecommunications services, and damage to key infrastructure only hampers these efforts. In most cases, troubled workers installed fiber optic cables that had nothing to do with 5G.
Theories linking 5G to COVID-19 have been thoroughly debunked.
The situation is so bad that broadband home engineers have set themselves the task of posting requests to anti-5G Facebook groups. Still, it didn't stop residents from accusing them of spreading the virus to their friends and family.
Previous conspiracies focused on cell phone radiation, but experts agree that the non-ionizing radiation from phones and other wireless device connections are largely harmless and classify them with the same carcinogenic properties of cucumber and aloe vera -Extract.
As far as the connection between 5G and COVID-19 is concerned, the spread in countries where the technology has not yet been introduced, such as Japan and Iran, should disprove all burgeoning theories. Independent fact-checking organization Full Fact has also investigated the allegations and found that they are absolutely not true.