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You Can’t Get A Virus Off A Phone Mast: Experts Debunk 5G Conspiracy Theories

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There’s been a recent spark of controversies trailing 5G internet service. Around the world, people have raised concerns after some theories denoting that 5G masts have radiations that is harmful to human health. Some of these theories have strongly suggested 5G is also aiding the spread of Coronavirus.

 

This has caused uproar all over the world. There are reports of 5G masts being set ablaze in the UK and other parts of the world where these theories have gained momentum.

 

Many Nigerians have also called on the government to halt the installations of 5G mast within the country. This Twitter user posted video clips of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, founder Christ Embassy Church highlighting how the 5G mast can be dangerous to human health.

The tweet reads:

Former Senator representing Kogi State has also claimed the virus has chemical reactions that could result in a flu in humans. In a series of now viral tweets, Melaye alleged that several 5G masts were already set up within the country.

 

Dino Melaye tweeted, “The real problem is not the coronavirus but the 5G that has been deployed which have some chemical reactions to human cells which eventually manifest as the flu. If this is the problem why is the world not speaking against it? He queried. “Why are they still deploying 5G technology all over the globe?

 

It is already in Maitama, Abuja and in Ikeja, Lagos. These are the two places where they have deployed the technology apparatus in Nigeria, I use this opportunity to call on the federal government and indeed the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to immediately call the attention of the minister of science and technology, that we must demobilize any 5G network already existing in Nigeria.”

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However, Nigeria’s Minister for Communication & Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Pantanmi has debunked these claims stating no masts have been installed in Nigeria.”No license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country. Pantami said.

 

A three-month study trial commenced on November 25, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.”

 

He added that study has been completed and reporting process is ongoing. he said after which, the government will not act on theories from the public but will make an informed decision after consulting with experts.

What experts have to say

Experts around the world have reacted to claims that 5G can cause and spread Coronavirus. Here’s what they’d to say.

Dr Simon Clarke, Associate Professor in Cellular Microbiology, University of Reading, said:

“The idea that COVID19 is caused by 5G mobile phone signals is complete rubbish.  This is a disease which numerous doctors and scientists around the world have said is caused by a virus, something completely different to a mobile phone signal.

 

“Viruses are tiny particles made up of genetic material, wrapped in a layer of proteins and fats.  They have no metabolism and can’t reproduce without causing an infection. In the case of this coronavirus, it infects cells in human lungs in order to replicate, damaging them and also causing a harmful immune reaction in the process.

 

“5G radio signals are electromagnetic waves, very similar to those already used by mobile phones.  Electromagnetic waves are one thing, viruses are another, and you can’t get a virus off a phone mast.”

 

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Dr Michael Head, Senior Research Fellow in Global Health, University of Southampton, said:

“Virus experts have looked at the genetic code of the virus to track its origins. Epidemiologists have tracked the spread of the virus around the world, identifying risk factors to advise policy.

 

“Diagnostics researchers are developing tests to identify those with the infection and those who have been infected.
“Collectively, we know how infectious diseases spread. Scientific papers are published, new knowledge is generated. That is what experts do.

 

“Conspiracy theorists are a public health danger who once read a Facebook page. Anti-vaccination activists have consistently shown their capabilities to harm child health with numerous baseless claims.
“Here, we also see similar groups of people keen to show their ignorance on a topic where they have no helpful expertise, nor any inclination to post useful public health messages.

 

“The celebrities fanning the flames of these conspiracy theorists should be ashamed. They have large followings and thus a mandate to act responsibly.
“They may have noticed that there’s currently a pandemic going on. Now is a very good time indeed to listen to the experts on infectious disease epidemiology and public health.”

Prof Brendan Wren, Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said:

There is no scientifically credible evidence to link the introduction of 5G masts with the COVID-19 outbreak. This would be both a physical and biological impossibility.”

 

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Sarah Oyedo

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