No, 5G won’t give you the coronavirus.
As the world is brought to halt during the COVID-19 pandemic that put most countries in economic downturns, many conspiracy theories have started popping up online that range from the funny to downright absurd. One of these conspiracy theories started in the UK, where 5G signal towers have been purposely lit on fire with the notion that most 5G was causing the coronavirus.
Now let’s have a look at 5G technology. We’ve already covered topics on this before – it’s an evolution of cellular data technology, now on its 5th-generation (hence the term). In a nutshell, 5G uses improved hardware that enables larger bandwidth and faster speeds on your 5G-enabled mobile device. We’ve tested 5G-enabled smartphones like the HUAWEI P40 Pro and the OnePlus 8 Pro, which all offered download speeds over 1 Gbps.
It’s a great technology of course – imagine downloading a 4K movie in under a minute, compare that to a couple of years ago where we would wait hours to complete a 100MB download on a dial-up connection. But the installation of new cell towers also prompted a response from the community, who are concerned as to how these towers, which emit radio signals, would affect someone’s health.
A similar concern was voiced out when we were moving from 3G to 4G a couple of years ago. But authorities assured us that these towers operate at a safe level that won’t affect us. Fast forward to today and we’re now enjoying the benefits of 4G LTE which most smartphones and other mobile devices now support.
But back to that ridiculous 5G theory – no, it doesn’t cause nor will give you coronavirus. Most of these fake news articles are spread on social media, which is why it is up to you to keep it from spreading. The fewer people who spread these rumors, the fewer people who will believe it.
Interestingly enough some conmen have also utilized this to their advantage. Just last week, a product called the ‘5GBioShield USB Key’ claims to prevent radiation that comes from 5G signals. in a rather properly-worded description, it claims that it has a ‘quantum holographic catalyzer technology’ that works by simply plugging the device to your laptop or any USB port.
Tech-savvy users would normally laugh at this, but for those who aren’t familiar with technology, there’s a good chance that they’d be purchasing this $350 device. But as we had suspected, the ‘5GBioShield USB Key’ is simply a 128MB flash drive that, at $350, is also overpriced.
Anyone who uses social media should be responsible for anything that you share on it – I know we can be passive with sharing content online, but there’s a good chance a lot of people would believe that articles like this can be true.
So only trust verified resources, and if you encounter an article that looks suspicious, you already have the power of the interwebs to check if it is true or not.