Does 5G cause COVID-19? Most readers would probably start laughing at the question. With aggravated citizens taking to the streets to burn down the 5G cell towers, it is worth getting their side of the story.
The belief is strong when people risk committing such a high-profile crime. Why are people here? People have lost faith in the mainstream press and the government. Forbes recently informed:
83% Of Americans Trust Journalists For Coronavirus Info. 50% Trust Social Media
Perhaps because of the Chilcot report? The Gulf of Tonkin was exposed by the Guardian:
Fifty years on we know the trigger for war with Vietnam was a fiction. Will it be another 50 before we know the truth about Iraq?
The problem is the media and government have a bad track record; trust is a fragile thing.
Most believers in this 5G conspiracy do not actually believe that 5G directly causes coronavirus. What they do believe is that 5G electromagnetic radiation intensifies it. Do the theorists have a leg to stand on? Time magazine admitted:
a rodent study found heavy exposures to cell phone radiation increased rats’ risks for some brain and heart tumors. More rodent research has tied high levels of Wi-Fi and cell exposure to hormonal shifts and oxidative stress—the kind of shifts that could promote cancer or brain diseases.
So what exactly is oxidative stress? Healthline explains:
Oxidation is a normal and necessary process that takes place in your body. Oxidative stress, on the other hand, occurs when there’s an imbalance between free radical activity and antioxidant activity. When functioning properly, free radicals can help fight off pathogens. Pathogens lead to infections.
When there are more free radicals present than can be kept in balance by antioxidants, the free radicals can start doing damage to fatty tissue, DNA, and proteins in your body. Proteins, lipids, and DNA make up a large part of your body, so that damage can lead to a vast number of diseases over time. These include:
- atherosclerosis, or the hardening of the blood vessels
- inflammatory conditions
- high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension
- heart disease
- neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
So oxidative stress could potentially make you weaker against the fight with COVID–19. WebMD tells:
It’s true. People with high blood pressure, heart disease or heart failure do seem to get sicker with COVID-19 compared to healthy people.
So astoundingly the conspiracy theory is well founded. It can be argued that effects in rats can’t be compared to effects in humans and maybe that is true.
The Guardian reported:
5G is safe, according to the international body in charge of setting limits on exposure to radiation, which has updated its advisory guidelines for the first time in more than 20 years.
The International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the Germany-based scientific body that assesses the health risks of radio broadcasts, called for new guidelines for millimetre-wave 5G, the most high-frequency version of the telecommunications standard.
However, the theorists don’t trust scientific bodies and they have reason to. Naomi Oreskes Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University in her book Merchants of Doubt proves:
how a loose–knit group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. In seven compelling chapters addressing tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, and DDT, Oreskes and Conway roll back the rug on this dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how the ideology of free market fundamentalism, aided by a too-compliant media, has skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.
Another problem is conspiracy theories become popular because the mainstream media often misses out the facts of their beliefs and tries to sell the theory as complete nonsense, see below.
So maybe the theorists are right. To be honest I can’t say for certain. What I can say for certain is that if the media, scientific community and the government want to regain trust then they do have to change and I believe a better body for regulation is required.
By Tyler Durden