Conspiracy theorists are infecting YouTube and Facebook with bogus theories that 5G mobile internet is amenable for the coronavirus.

One arresting anti-5G Facebook group has shared a number of erroneous posts, claiming 5G is the culprit behind a virus that has adulterated more than 80,000 people worldwide. Its creator, Dutch “UFO researcher” John Kuhles writes: “I claiming anyone to watch this video at least twice and claim there is annihilation to it, [or] it is all a coincidence. Yeah right. Certainly not.”

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The video Kuhles is apropos to resides on the YouTube page of a cabal theorists named Dana Ashlie. In it, she waxes poetic for nearly an hour about the dangers of 5G and how it’s not just plausible, but probable, that Wuhan’s rollout of 5G led to a affection with the affection of radiation poisoning.

If you’re attractive for credentials, fear not, Ashlie accustomed the bulletin anon from God. No added accreditation needed. According to her Patreon page, “[God] abundantly shared with me dreams and visions (about anon advance end time events.” Luckily for her 190,000-plus subscribers, he also adored her with “a business accomplishments to make videos that are accordant and riveting.”

This “relevant and riveting” agreeable includes videos like this one, about Taylor Swift’s role in overextension anti-Christian propaganda. Or there’s this one account the affidavit Nikolas Cruz — the gunman amenable for 17 deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — was absolutely the victim of a secret aggressive mind ascendancy device.

For what it’s worth, fact-checking casework like Full Fact debunked Ashlie’s theory weeks ago. Though they abide to make their rounds.

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The theories center on two main points. The first is that Wuhan was the first city in China to roll out 5G. It’s also believed that coronavirus originated in Wuhan. Correlation though, does not equal causation. Wuhan was one of 16 cities to debut 5G at almost the same time. None of the others have appear abnormally high instances of the virus.

The second talking point is that 5G amercement the immune system, abrogation immunocompromised individuals highly affected to the ache — and immunocompromised, in this case, would mean anyone apparent to 5G. But there’s no affirmation to abutment the claim that 5G weakens the immune system. In fact, there’s little affirmation to abutment the claim that 5G abnormally affects the health of humans at all.

A paper appear in 2005 by the International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety assured that the radio frequencies frequently used for 5G manual posed “no adverse health effects” aside from the heat produced by wireless devices. Its cessation followed a study of more than 1,300 peer-reviewed studies on the biological furnishings of radio frequencies.

Facebook, for its part, has done little to stop the spread of misinformation. Facebook has apprenticed to slow the spread of misinformation by labeling erroneous belief such as this and administering users to more accurate information. As of this morning, only a scattering of these posts independent such a label.

On YouTube, which is commonly ground zero for these types of conspiracies, the videos abide to rack up hundreds of bags of views.

Users on both sites seem to be basing the bulk of their claims on a flawed study from 2000 advertence that 5G was “likely to be a austere health hazard.” The study though, was later debunked.

Physicist Dr. Bill P. Curry analyzed data and abbreviated that the dose of radiation affecting the brain added with the abundance of the wireless signal. His admonishing spread far and wide, invoking panic and all-overs over the abeyant health risks of 5G.

Unfortunately for Dr. Curry, he got it all wrong. According to experts on the biological furnishings of electromagnetic radiation, this type of radiation — known as non-ionising radiation — absolutely becomes safer at higher frequencies. (Though acutely high abundance radiation, like that of an X-ray, does pose a health risk.)

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Experts accept that Dr. Curry failed to admit the careful qualities of human skin when he performed his study on lab rats. His assay abandoned accepted wisdom that the skin acts as a barrier, attention the centralized organs, from high abundance radio waves — such as those used in 5G technology.

“It doesn’t penetrate,” Christopher M. Collins, assistant of radiology at New York University, told the New York Times. Collins has spent years belief the effect of high-frequency electromagnetic waves on humans.

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