In recent times, purported videos linking electro waves from ‘5G cables’ to the Covid-19 pandemic and a host of other illnesses have made rounds on social media.
Even more perplexing is the fact these conspiracy theories have somehow been further publicized by celebrities and public figures alike.
One video, in particular, claiming to show a ‘5G cell tower’ on fire was actually recorded in 2018. Back when the 5G network was still being developed by Ericsson and had not been deployed for commercial use.
Condemning the theories as “the worst kind of fake news” at Saturday’s Downing Street press conference, national medical director of NHS England Professor Steve Powis said: “I’m absolutely outraged, absolutely disgusted, that people would be taking action against the very infrastructure that we need to respond to this health emergency.
“It is absolute and utter rubbish.”
Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove added: “That’s just nonsense, dangerous nonsense as well.”
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Dr Michael Head, senior research fellow in global health at the University of Southampton, said: “Conspiracy theorists are a public health danger who once read a Facebook page.
“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.”
Professor Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at the University of Bristol, said: “The internet connections these networks give us are one of the most important tools we are using to co-ordinate our response to the epidemic and efforts to do research to overcome it.”
Prof Brendan Wren, professor of microbial pathogenesis, at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said a connection between the phone masts and the virus would be “both a physical and biological impossibility”.