Despite the scientific community coming together to label the 5G coronavirus conspiracy as being entirely baseless in fact, at least five newly installed 5G towers were vandalized in the UK over the weekend. The trending conspiracy wrongly claims that COVID-19 is being caused by internet towers across the globe, either by lowering our immunity with its brain-frying radio waves or facilitating the spread of disease. However, as is often the case with conspiracy theories, it's built upon an evidence base of forwarded Whatsapp messages and bold claims that ignore the opinions of experts and scientifically proven research.
5G is the fifth generation of wireless communications technologies, which support the use of our smartphones and other wireless devices. It was first implemented in 2019 and is now sought after by every telecommunication service provider in the developed world as mobile towers worldwide are upgraded to offer 5G functionality. Unfortunately, with great Gs comes great responsibility.
According to some misinformed corners of the internet, the disease COVID-19 isn’t a virus at all but in fact the effect of these newly installed 5G towers. This is, and we can’t stress this enough, completely unfounded. However, that hasn’t stopped it spreading across social platforms at a rate almost comparable to the virus itself, helped in some part along the way by a few misinformed celebrities.
British boxer Amir Khan was one of the big UK names to let down the side, pushing out the theory on Instagram stories to his 1.3 million followers. The videos in which he claimed coronavirus was “man-made to keep us indoors while they test 5G” have now been removed, and he’s since offered up his four-story wedding venue in the UK to the NHS and is reported to be donating money to Pakistan.
Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden also got swept up in the drama after she reportedly “accidentally” tweeted a petition blocking 5G towers from being built in the UK. As the following Tweet highlights, it's vitally important to recognize those who are and those who aren't a sensible source for medical information.
Singer Keri Hilson took a brief jaunt on the 5G bandwagon, posting Tweets and videos that perpetuated the theory to her following of 4.2 million before, on the same day as posting, she was advised by her management team to delete them all.
Some have even linked shapes on the UK’s new £20 note as representing the coronavirus and 5G towers. You might think that printing images of your secret plans to control the planet with 5G on bits of paper accessible to an entire nation might be a plan so stupid that nobody would ever do it, and you'd be right.
This completely unfounded theory has reached such a point that YouTube has been forced to take action in actively removing all videos that promote the false information as fact. In this next video, as much as we love the idea of New World Order 5G Activated Nano Surveillance Loo Rolls, Joe Truthmore gives an accurate representation of how far removed from reality this conspiracy has become and how important it is we stop wasting the time of trained professionals to explain why it's false.
Now let’s all just firmly put this theory in the bin, shall we? And in case you need reminding again...