Of all the things to point the finger at during the current pandemic, 5G has to be the most unlikely candidate for a conspiracy theory, especially one that condemns communications technology as the spreader of an organic virus.
So first, let’s get the science straight. 5G technology is more likely to be one of our saviours in this world-scale challenge. We have to stay connected; intelligence and communication is everything. As different nations we cannot work in silos – we have to work together to give ourselves as neighbours, brothers and sisters and friends – the best chance to defeat COVID-19.
For the record, an organic virus needs an organic host-body to live. 5G offers it absolutely nothing. Nowhere to live, nothing to sustain itself. 5G is the next generation of mobile broadband that will eventually replace, or at least augment our 4G LTE connection. With 5G, we’ll see the exponentially faster download and upload speeds. Latency, or the time it takes devices to communicate with wireless networks, will also drastically decrease. It uses a system of cell sites that divide their territory into sectors and send encoded data through radio waves. None of this is organic. None of this offers a real-world virus hope or opportunity. Italy, as we know, has been one of the hardest hit by Coronavirus. Italy has no 5G.
So 5G is one of the heroes. Sharing information, working together: these are the things that will save us. Faster broadband speeds, platforms like 5G – these are the channels that will help us all.
- Three recent mobile phone mast fires around the UK are being investigated as possible arson, amid concerns that people are attacking telecoms infrastructure because of a conspiracy theory linking 5G technology to the spread of coronavirus.
The media regulator, Ofcom, moved to discredit the conspiracy theory with cabinet secretary Michael Gove adding the theories were “dangerous nonsense”. Professor Steve Powis, national medical director of NHS England, condemned them as “the worst kind of fake news”.