A Facebook post with hundreds of shares and reactions has falsely linked the release of 5G technology in Leicester to the city’s localised lockdown.
The post, shared on June 29 (here), said: “Looks like Leicester will be the guinea pigs of 5G. A REAL second wave. 5G turned on in Leicester and it has been shut down for Covid! Wake up world! May the God's have mercy on those living in Leicester! It won't stop there though. Your city will be next.” Other social media posts linking the technology with the spike of virus cases in the city can be seen here and here .
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced this week that lockdown restrictions would be reinstated in Leicester after a rise in new coronavirus cases. The city’s cases accounted for 10% of all domestic COVID-19 infections recorded in the last week, he said (here).
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus which is transmitted from person-to-person primarily via respiratory droplets (here).
Meanwhile, 5G is a mobile phone technology that uses radio waves – the lowest-energy form of radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum. It is not connected to COVID-19. The World Health Organization says no research has linked exposure to wireless technology with negative health effects (here).
False. The technology behind 5G networks is in no way linked with COVID-19, which is a disease caused by a virus.
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