Several cell towers in the U.K. have been set on fire and engineers harassed amid the spread of online conspiracy theories that link 5G signals to the coronavirus pandemic...
Dad. Why are they burning the phone masts?
It is a well-worn truism that tragic events bring out the best, and worst in some people.
True to form, a group of conspiracy theorists, Luddites, illiterate celebs and ill-informed activists have surfaced to suggest that 5G and the ‘radiation’ that its towers emit is actually responsible for coronavirus.
But worse, under cover of darkness some have been going round setting fire to 5G mobile phone masts in several cities throughout the UK, and the madness has now spread to other European countries. (How did they know they were 5G base-stations?)
Others obviously prefer the comfort of TV and radio stations.
Now, engineers and technicians laying optical fiber cables in the streets (more, please!) have started being harassed and attacked.
Many start from the proposition that Wuhan, the Chinese city where Covid-19 first appeared, was also the first city in the world to experience 5G. (Wrong. A couple of areas in South Korea, a few cities in the US and Scandinavia got there first).
They are also claiming that the signals related to 5G communications weaken our immune systems, and other theories are even weirder.
Inevitably, social media was being used to spread the fake news, and from there (excuse the pun) it went viral.
Mobile network operators and the UK government have been left scrambling trying to debunk the claims. Naturally they promptly urged Facebook, WhatsApp etc. to remove the offending posts.
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation promptly went on the airwaves to reassure the population, stressing that there is not a shred of evidence linking adverse health effects of any kind to mobile phone radio installations, let alone 5G.
Some who read these stories will of course have seen all this before, whether it be 2G/3G/4G/$G, microwave ovens or wireless routers.
Keep safe, everyone.