There have been several conspiracy theories across the globe in an attempt to link the spread of Covid-19 to the rollout of 5G technology. Not only have scientists identified the virus responsible for Covid-19, but there is also no evidence that this technology causes any harm.
Since 2010, Juhi Chawla, a Bollywood actor, has continuously argued that there are great perils to mobile phone radiation, she likens it to microwave. The recent theory is that 5G is connected to the Covid-19 pandemic. High profiles are joining the chase, in their defense, I presume they lack the facts.
These theories are not new, they have been around since telecommunications boom in the 2000s, there is another theory that states that the electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones will fry the human brain and destroy the human race, but we are still here, 20 years after.
Still, critics say there isn’t enough research into this issue and that the studies that have been conducted weren’t adequate. Though the World Health Organization lists cellular signals as a potential carcinogen, it also notes pickled vegetables and coffee as carcinogens too.
5G Rollout & Covid-19
Let’s get after it, the first country to adopt 5G technology on a large scale was South Korea on April 3, 2019 [read more]. A quick comparison between the countries that have deployed 5G and those that have suffered worst from Covid-19 shows there is no correlation. For example, France, which has the fifth most cases with more than 10,000 deaths, has no 5G network. The Netherlands ranks 12th in total infections but has no 5G network either.
Today, comparing South Korea COVID-19 data to that of the USA which launched hours after South Korea, South Korea has 4 deaths per million while the USA has 61 deaths per million. China three state-run telecom operators launched services for the next-generation 5G wireless technology on Friday, Nov 1, 2019 [read more], China has 2 deaths per million.
On the other hand, Qatar, which has had 5G since August 2019 has reported 2210 cases of the virus, Canada which launched it’s 5G only January 2020 has 10 times more cases than Qatar. South Korea, which has had four million users by December 2019, has 10,000 cases, with 280 deaths and 7000 recovered, their Covid-19 cases are half the number of cases of the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the Netherlands does not have 5G and South Korea cases are half that of Canada which only launched hers in January 2020.
New Zealand, which launched 5G in December 2019 has had fewer cases compare to Canada which launch 5G in January 2020. New Zealand has had only 1210 cases and one death, making it the only country with more than 1000 cases to have fewer than six deaths. The list goes on and on. As the pandemic rages, the number of cases in countries could rise, but this has nothing to do with 5G. For current information on the number of cases visit here.
What is Covid-19?
COVID-19 is an acute respiratory illness that can be severe and is caused by a newly identified coronavirus officially named SARS-CoV2. COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through airborne droplets that are coughed or sneezed out by an infected person. People may also get a COVID-19 infection by touching something that has the virus on it and then touching their own or others’ mouth, nose, or eyes.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus by;
- Keeping distance between people, regardless of age (referred to as “social distancing”)
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Staying home or isolate when sick
- Covering cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash
- Wearing a cloth face covering if healthy (not exhibiting symptoms) when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (for example, grocery stores, and pharmacies),
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe