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Communication experts, government and global media are working to prove to the world that 5G network is not in any way related to the coronavirus after some 5G masts were set on fire in Britain last week.

According to the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), the telecoms industry is working around the clock to keep vital health, education and emergency services online, businesses running, and friends and families connected.

 “It is deplorable that critical communications infrastructure is being attacked based on outright mistruths. We urge everyone to trust health authorities and rest assured communications technology is safe. There is no link between 5G and Covid-19”, GSMA said in a press release.

In recent weeks, baseless claims about risks associated with the next-generation mobile technology have gone mainstream. Claims linking 5G to the coronavirus pandemic have led to petrol bomb attacks on phone masts and rebuttals from the government.

Tom Phillips, the editor of the fact checking organisation Full Fact, said it warned last summer about the growing prevalence of 5G health claims. But in recent weeks debunked claims about 5G had been transformed, potentially aided by the creation of new local Facebook and WhatsApp groups to help support neighbours during the pandemic. Google Trends data suggests British interest in 5G theories exploded in the final days of March, shortly after the lockdown was imposed.

The conspiracy theories claiming that radiation from 5G towers can lower the body’s immune system has been condemned by the scientific community.

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