Zimbabweans and the world over have been speculating that the Pandemic coronavirus (Covid-19) is a result of some dangerous microwave transmission through super past signals sent by 5g wireless communications technologies.
5G is the fifth generation of wireless communications technologies supporting cellular data networks. Large scale adoption began in 2019 and today virtually every telecommunication service provider in the developed world is upgrading its infrastructure to offer 5G functionality.
Facebook users have been sharing posts claiming 5G, not the coronavirus, is making people sick.
Some conspiracies have being doing rounds on the cause of the epidemic, with some scientist and one pastor with networking technical knowledge strongly alleging that China is part of this conspiracy to take over the world through 5g infection
To quote the pastor, he actually said , “they have rolled out 5G and this is impacting people’s lives ,killing people around the world and they are covering it up in the name of Coronavirus, please go and study the implications and implementations of 5G.”
“He further added that ,” countries like Russia with cld weathers have not recorded many fatalities of the virus because they have not yet implemented 5G for public use”.
One point addressed by the 5G-coronavirus theories is that COVID-19 came from China because that's where most 5G network towers are. While China does have service in many areas, 5G came to South Korea and parts of the US first. The US hasn't seen major numbers of coronavirus until the past couple of weeks. COVID-19 also has gone to areas without 5G, like Iran and Japan.
The coronavirus outbreak started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The Center for Disease Control says on its website the virus had links to a “seafood and live animal market” where a human might have contracted the virus from an animal.
As the coronavirus sweeps the globe, so to do rumors about what caused it or how it’s spread. One that has gained steam online is that new 5G networks caused the disease. That’s completely wrong. Radio waves don’t create viruses, which is what causes COVID-19.
Others on YouTube and Facebook, including an anti-5G Facebook group, have also shared false claims. A Facebook user named Ben Mackie earlier this month linked 5G to the coronavirus, saying in part that it’s not actually a virus.”They are trying to get u scared of a fake ass virus when it the 5G towers being built around the world,” he said. He also claimed that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates invented the technology and that it’s an effort to depopulate the world. And Mackie said that vaccines being developed for the coronavirus are actually chips that will be implanted in people.
Many people have protested 5G over worries about its health impacts. But it didn’t cause the coronavirus.
Those claims were debunked by FullFact, a UK fact checker, and other experts have chimed in.
“This story about 5G has no credence scientifically and is certainly a potential distraction, as is other such misinformation, from controlling the COVID-19 epidemic,” said Dr. Jonathan M. Samet, a professor at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Brendan Carr, who serves on the Federal Communications Commission, tweeted that Hilson’s effort to link 5G to the coronavirus “is straight from the most dangerous depths of tin foil hat land.” He noted that COVID-19 is a virus that’s spread person-to-person contact, not by radio waves, and he reiterated that the FCC, Food and Drug Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency all say 5G is safe.
5G is the new, super-fast wireless technology that’s been rolling out across the globe. In the US, major cities like New York and Dallas have live 5G networks, and it’s live in areas like China and the UK.
The technology is poised to change the way we live and is expected to power everything from self-driving cars to advanced augmented reality experiences. The belief is whatever country leads in 5G will lead the world over the coming decades and possibly longer.
But ever since companies first started talking about 5G, there have been concerns expressed by some people about the technology’s impact on health. One version of 5G, called millimeter wave, runs on very high-frequency radio waves.
signals can’t travel long distances, which requires towers to be placed close together and installed in more locations. That has reignited worries that the radio waves could produce harmful radiation that could cause brain cancer, reduced fertility, headaches and other illnesses.
The FDA and FCC say there’s nothing to be worried about. Most studies haven’t found a link between radio frequency signals from cellphones or cell towers and disease, the agencies say. But because 5G is so new, there’s no definitive way to know if it will cause long-term health problems.