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Demystifying the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory

It is a proven fact that people fear what they do not know/understand. So let me help you understand what 5G is.

First, 5G is not the cause of coronavirus or Covid-19 and is not responsible for the acceleration of it’s spread. Second, 5G is not even harmful to humans.

Third, if 5G had anything to do with the virus, countries without 5G connectivity wouldn’t have been affected. Like the previous generations of wireless network technology (4G, 3G and 2G), 5G mobile data is transmitted over radio waves. Other types of technology that use radio waves include smart meters, TV and radio transmitters, and radar and satellite communications.

Radio waves are a small part of a wider electromagnetic spectrum of waves, which all emit energy called electromagnetic radiation. Radio waves are found at the low-frequency end of the spectrum and—alongside microwaves, visible light and heat—only produce non-ionising radiation.

This means that these waves cannot damage the DNA inside cells, which is how waves with higher frequencies (such as x-rays, gamma rays and ultraviolet light) are thought to cause cancer.

To improve the speed and capacity of our wireless technology, 5G uses a higher frequency of radio waves compared to its older generations.

Now, it’s based on this, that certain conspiracy theories have began. Some say it’s weakening the immune system, others say it makes it difficult to breathe, with some likening it to weaponized crowd control systems.

Now about these, besides the ADS (Active Denial System) also known as the “heat ray” which is a non-lethal, directed-energy weapon developed by the U.S. military, is designed for area denial, perimeter security and crowd control.

It works by heating the surface of targets, such as the skin of targeted human subjects; by firing a high-powered beam of 95 GHz waves at a target, which corresponds to a wavelength of 3.2 mm.

To make it simple, it works like a microwave oven, exciting the water and fat molecules in the skin, and instantly heating them via dielectric heating. One significant difference is that a microwave oven uses the much lower frequency (and longer wavelength) of 2.45 GHz.

The short millimeter waves used in ADS only penetrate the top layers of skin and barely “harms” people. You can read more about the ADS online.Back to 5G.

The technology is in no way connected to the virus. It would’ve made a lot of sense if people even suggested that radiation could probably cause the virus to mutate.

That, even though not remotely possible, would’ve made sense.

But some of these suggestions are really a far cry from being possible. Electromagnetic waves emit some radiation, which at high frequencies can pose a risk of causing cancer, but low frequencies, like in 5G frequencies, produce a form of radiation that cannot penetrate and damage cells.

Of course, 5G frequencies may be higher than 4G, 3G and the rest, but they are still wayyyyy lower than the international limits.

The World Health Organization (WHO), has a detailed guide on 5G and it says “no adverse health effect has been causally linked with exposure to wireless technologies”, even after “much research” was carried out.

It further noted that only a few studies had been carried out on the frequencies used by 5G, but “provided that the overall exposure remains below international guidelines, no consequences for public health are anticipated.”

I mean, if you believe 5G is dangerous, you might as well drop your phone right now because it emits Electromagnetic radiation; stop using your microwave oven; turn off your TV and radio; don’t go near ECG smart meter.

I hope you understand now and your fears have been allayed.