WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A conspiracy theory suggests that coronavirus could be linked to 5G networks.
- These theories have been blamed for the burning of 5G towers across the UK.
- Celebrities, including Woody Harrelson, have been “fanning the flames”, sharing this theory to millions of people on social media.
An outrageous conspiracy theory links coronavirus to 5G networks. These range from 5G signals being a cause of the virus and coronavirus being used as a cover-up for health issues related to the networks.
Officials say that this particular conspiracy is being blamed for people burning down 5G network towers across the UK in Birmingham, Liverpool, and Belfast. Despite these tales being damned by the UK Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove, as “dangerous nonsense”, they are reaching a massive audience thanks to celebrities who are sharing these conspiracy theories on social media.
Woody Harrelson, former “Cheers” TV star, recently posted a report on Instagram about “the negative effects of 5G” and how they supposedly play a role in the coronavirus pandemic. He has over 2 million followers on the platform.
In multiple tweets, singer M.I.A. shared her fears about 5G. Recently, she said that even it doesn’t cause COVID-19, it “can confuse or slow the body down in [the] healing process as [the] body is learning to cope with new signals wavelength s frequency etc @ same time as Cov.”
The “Paper Planes” rapper, after posting a photo of one of the burning towers, said that the towers should be turned off until the end of the pandemic.
Dr. Michael Head of the University of Southhampton told the Evening Standard that such “ignorance” could be very dangerous.
“Conspiracy theorists are a public health danger who once read a Facebook page.” He added that “Celebrities fanning the flames of these conspiracy theorists should be ashamed.”
The national medical director of the UK, Professor Stephen Powis, called the conspiracy theories “outrageous” and “utter rubbish”.
Source: New York Post