5G and Coronavirus – level 3

22-04-2020 15:00

Conspiracy theories linking COVID-19 to the rollout of 5G technology continue to spread globally. This is happening despite health officials declaring directly that these conspiracy theories are not true.

Countries around the world are competing to develop 5G wireless technology, and the timing of this and the outbreak of the coronavirus has supported false claims about the connection between 5G and the coronavirus.

One is the false claim that 5G radio waves cause COVID-19 and suppress the immune system. The other is the falsehood that the outbreak is a hoax that government and media companies are using to make people stay at home so that 5G networks can be built.

Social media help spread misinformation about the coronavirus. People are advised to think critically about the information that they see and hear before they share it with others.

Difficult words: conspiracy theory (a belief that an event or situation is the result of a secret plan), falsehood (an untrue statement), hoax (a trick to make people believe something that is not true), misinformation (false or inaccurate information that is intended to make people believe something that is not true).

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