It’s the conspiracy theory that’s spreading like wildfire: that somehow 5G technology is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic that’s sent the world into lockdown.
And it’s reached the point that 5G towers in the United Kingdom are being vandalised by those who feel the technology is killing people.
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But the Chief Executive of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has slammed the speculation as completely baseless.
“These theories are classic fake news and misinformation,” Chris Althaus told Nine.com.au.
“It is utter rubbish.
“These connections are impossible from a biological point of view, and there’s been endless research, good, ethical, science-based research that has proven over decades that there’s no adverse health outcome from any generation of mobile, let along 5G.
“To link it in a public health crisis like COVID-19 to further their own agenda is disgusting.”
Mr Althaus pointed out that the claims being spread on social media don’t stand up to any sort of scrutiny.
“Regrettebly social media is a hotbed of misinformation and fake news on a lot of things,” he said.
“We’re aware that platforms have been taking an interest in this story about 5G, and hopefully they’ll be viewing this fake news very sceptically.
“These are irresponsible claims. They’re fake and have no link to any credible science.
“At a time when communities in Australia and around the world are working together to counter a major health crisis, to have this kind of scare-mongering going around on social media is absolutely deplorable.”
According to AMTA, 5G devices have been tested and found to be perfectly safe.
“We’ve done some testing on 5G devices, and if anything they’re going to be lower in their emissions than 4G devices,” Mr Althaus said.
“But any mobile, from whatever generation, has very low emissions. When we compare it to things in the home, we’ve compared it to a normal cordless phone, or a garage-door opener, mobile phones fall at the very bottom of the scale.
“It’s lower than a microwave oven or a baby monitor for example.
“This whole thing about 5G is very unhelpful to the average person out there who’s trying to deal as best they can with a health pandemic.”
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