We can’t help it. We are humans. Major breakthroughs make us nervous. Surely you have already heard at least one of the conspiracy theories about 5G that we include in our list; but do they have any validity? Where do they come from?
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The physics of 5G
Before diving into 5G conspiracy theories, it’s important to note that the new standard is a cluster of different technologies. For starters, it is technically only the fifth generation of wireless technology, which can cover a wide range of frequencies.
There are low-band radio frequencies, which offer a relatively slow Internet connection, but can also travel longer distances. At the other end of the spectrum, there are high band frequencies, or millimeter-wave (mm-wave) frequencies.
The connections of wave-mm (mmWave in English), also known as “Extremely High Frequency”, are much faster, but constantly struggle to overcome obstacles and cannot travel long distances. Mid-band frequencies, unsurprisingly, offer medium-speed connections over medium distances.
Did 5G cause the COVID-19 pandemic?
One theory suggests that 5G could be the cause of SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 that it causes. Supposedly, both the launch of 5G and the first cases of coronavirus occurred at the same time, in late 2019.
Putting aside the fact that 5G actually started rolling out in 2018, this theory links the fact that the coronavirus was first discovered in Wuhan, China. And coincidentally, China also recently rolled out one of the world’s largest 5G networks.
There are several ways to disprove this theory. First, it is true that China only recently started to roll out its 5G network, but this technology has also started to roll out in South Korea and parts of the US.
In other words, if the coronavirus was caused by 5G, then the virus would also have appeared in other parts of the world first. Of course, this theory leaves aside the very nature of viruses, as well as the fact – irrefutable at this point – that radio waves have no impact on the development of a virus.
Research has shown that the coronavirus spreads through droplets of saliva from someone who talks, sneezes or coughs (and who has the virus, of course). These droplets can stick to certain surfaces for a matter of hours, and can even linger in the air for a few minutes after a sneeze.
Radio waves, however, are a form of electromagnetic wave: there are no droplets of any kind involved. In fact, although radio waves can travel through water, it is much more difficult for them to do so than through air.
Perhaps the areas with high rates of coronavirus infection may be the same as the areas with 5G, but this is true because the operators have first deployed their networks in highly populated metropolitan areas. And of course: Highly populated areas – where people are closer to each other – also make it easier for COVID-19 and any other virus to spread.
Last but not least is the fact that China was not yet using mmWaves for its 5G networks, it was only using sub-6 GHz waves, which are in the mid-band spectrum.
However, these radio waves have been used for other signals for years. In fact, all 4G towers use frequencies in this range.
Is 5G helping to spread the coronavirus?
However, there is a slightly attenuated version of the previous theory, and that is that, although 5G did not cause the coronavirus, it is true that it affects the immune system, which could worsen the symptoms and accelerate the process of spreading this plague. .
One thing that’s important to note is that in extreme amounts, radio waves can cause heating, and your immune system could have trouble functioning if it gets too hot. In fact, that’s how microwaves work.
But hey: the radio waves emitted by cell towers are not as high as they need to be to cause health problems.
At extremely high frequencies, electromagnetic waves could cause health problems. But the waves emitted by 5G towers are not just simply “lower”, but rather “very low”.
A number of scientific studies have been conducted on the link between non-ionizing waves – used for television broadcasts and 5G – and human health. Some organizations suggest that more research is needed, but at this time there is no reliable evidence to show that 5G waves can affect the human immune system.
Don’t believe everything that appears on YouTube. Go to the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Or the World Health Organization for factual information on how to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Can 5G technology cause cancer?
Theories about cancer caused by 5G have been around for a few years, and it’s probably due to the use of the word “radiation.” All radio waves “radiate”, but that does not necessarily mean that they have a negative impact on human health.
Only the higher end of the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes X-rays and gamma radiation, is “ionizing,” meaning they can break molecular bonds and damage DNA.
The rest of the electromagnetic spectrum is called “non-ionizing,” and its wavelengths are too long to actually damage human cells. Even the highest of 5G waves is well below the boundary between ionizing and non-ionizing waves.
There is also real-world data on the impact of radio waves on cancer. While 5G is just beginning to roll out, we’ve lived between waves with similar frequency ranges for decades, and few studies have linked use of these waves to increased cancer rates.
Did a 5G tower cause the death of hundreds of birds?
But isn’t it true that a 5G tower caused the death of a flock of hundreds of birds? Well no. A publication that has circulated on social networks has linked the death of hundreds of birds in The Hague with 5G.
While it is true that a number of mysterious bird deaths have been reported, neither the tower nor the waves have been proven to be the cause, reported Snopes.
Can 5G be used to control the weather?
Many would like it. If 5G could control the weather, we could always have balmy days. Or we could limit the impact of climate change.
The basis for this theory comes from the idea that the government is using HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program), to monitor the weather.
HAARP is a facility that was built to study the ionosphere and is located in Alaska. Shortly after the project was completed, however, the government closed the facility and transferred its ownership to the University of Alaska.
But what does that have to do with 5G? Well, according to those who believe in this theory, the ionosphere is where the so-called “5G satellites” are located. The only problem is that this technology is more of a terrestrial standard at this point, and while satellites – in theory – could eventually be used for this type of connectivity, at this point satellites have too long a latency and are not used for 5G.
Can 5G be used for mind control?
This is one of the most outlandish theories out there, and it is absolutely false. As mentioned, 5G waves have had no observable effect on human health, so 5G cannot “physically” be used to control people’s minds.
For some, however, this theory has other components: 5G is used to control small robots that inject vaccines into the body. It sounds like science fiction… and bad. To this day, no one has mini robots that can control people’s minds.