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FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by aminulive: 8:51pm On Apr 04, 2020
Nigerians on Saturday woke up to viral information being spread about the 5G technology and its connection to the novel coronavirus(COVID-19).

In fact, it generated controversies amongst social media users until the point when '5G' was listed amongst the top trending keywords on Twitter. Although similar speculations had sprung up a few days ago, a prominent fact-checking platform, AFP, found the claims to be unfounded.

"Numerous conspiracy theories shared on and off social media claim that 5G mobile networks are the cause of the novel coronavirus pandemic. This is false; experts told AFP that 5G is based on radio frequency and that this does not create viruses." AFP wrote.

However, the same claims gained more momentum and generated more furore when former Aviation minister, Fani Kayode and Senator Dino Melaye, tweeted about it. A lot of Nigerians are now calling for a boycott of the technology since the coronavirus and 5G conspiracy theory emerged.

POLITICS NIGERIA, in its support for accountability media, finds it expedient to fact check their claims.

CLAIMS: "If people knew what was unfolding & what satan & his Illuminati agents, his disciples like @elonmusk & @BillGates & the proponents of the New World Order have in mind & are doing with 5G, coronavirus &the coming Anti-coronavirus vaccines, every Christian & Muslim would join forces & PRAY!" Mr Fani-Kayode posted on Twitter.

The tweet which was posted around 00:01 am on Friday garnered over 800 retweets and 3,000 likes.

In subsequent posts on Saturday, he cautioned that Nigerians should protest against the introduction of 5G to Nigeria. In the same light, Mr Melaye, who claimed to have been doing research on the Conspiracy theory, advised that the Federal government should demobilise all 5G networks in Nigeria.

"Whether it is true or not that they are already laying cables of 5G in Nigeria or not. Govt must not allow it in Nigeria and should take a proactive step in that regard. 4G that is here in Nigeria sef na problem. 3G dey do everything I need I beg... We must watch out," He posted on Twitter.

Mr Melaye's tweet, as at 6:12 pm on Saturday, has 1312 retweets and 6706 likes.

VERIFICATION: As at the time of putting up this publication, the duo are yet to share the sources of their information.

What is 5G technology?

According to PC Mag, an international magazine, 5G stands for fifth-generation cellular wireless, and the initial standards for it were set at the end of 2017.

It is an upgrade from 4G LTE which uses 'massive' MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) antennas that have very large numbers of antenna elements or connections to send and receive more data simultaneously. It is not transmitted via CABLES.

The benefit to users is that more people can simultaneously connect to the network and maintain high outputs.

While 3G networks had a typical response time of 100 milliseconds, 4G is around 30 milliseconds and 5G will be as low as 1 millisecond. That is how fast it can go, emfexplained.info, a website that provides information about electromagnetic fields, noted.

Health Concerns

The Public Health England says while it is possible that there may be a small increase in overall exposure to radio waves when 5G is added to an existing network or in a new area, “the overall exposure is expected to remain low relative to guidelines and, as such, there should be no consequences for public health.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/5g-technologies-radio-waves-and-health/5g-technologies-radio-waves-and-health

Also, the World Health Organisation, WHO, in 2005, raised concerns about the unprecedented increase in the number and diversity of electromagnetic field (EMF) sources.

https://www.who.int/peh-emf/publications/facts/fs296/en/

According to WHO, these sources include video display units (VDUs) associated with computers, mobile phones and their base stations.

"While these devices have made our life richer, safer and easier, they have been accompanied by concerns about possible health risks due to their EMF emissions."

The WHO added that exposure to EMF sources can cause Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS).EHS symptoms most commonly experienced include dermatological symptoms (redness, tingling, and burning sensations) as well as neurasthenic and vegetative symptoms (fatigue, tiredness, concentration difficulties, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation, and digestive disturbances).

"The collection of symptoms is not part of any recognized Syndrome," the global health body noted.

On the other hand, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.
In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The most recently discovered coronavirus is the deadly COVID-19, which is currently ravaging the world. https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses.

There are no links between radiation and viruses against the insinuations of the two politicians. A Popular Fact-checking organization based in the UK, Full Fact has explored these claims concluding that there is no known evidence or proof that 5G can cause or is accelerating the spread of COVID-19.

There is no scientific evidence that links the coronavirus pandemic to 5G, nor any immediate negative health effects to 5G.

5G network not yet in Nigeria - FG

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on Saturday, has denied the deployment of 5G network. The minister said the decision was borne out of the government's efforts to protect the lives of Nigerians. He said the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), is yet to deliberate on the deployment of the network and that no license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country.

"A 3-month study trial commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria;"

"As part of the study trial process, I directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that a team of experts, security agencies and other stakeholders fully participated in the trial process."

"The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing, " the statement read in parts.

CONCLUSION: CLAIMS that CORONAVIRUS is caused by 5G NETWORK and that the technology has been fully deployed in Nigeria are FALSE.

CREDITS/SOURCE - https://politicsnigeria.com/fact-check-is-coronavirus-caused-by-5g-technology/

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by SadiqBabaSani: 8:57pm On Apr 04, 2020
Hmmmmm, So many conspiracies

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by mu2sa2: 9:43pm On Apr 04, 2020
Conspiracy or no conspiracy, 5G should go and die since majority of people, right or mistaken, do not trust the technology.

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by SeunWedsLinda(m): 9:43pm On Apr 04, 2020
I've been visiting xvideos and pornhub and each time I try to stream a video this lock down period, it'd buffer because of the large number of people connected to a particular network. If 5G makes me stream those videos in HD without buffering, FG should just create the 5G for only me. I'd accept grin

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Nobody: 9:43pm On Apr 04, 2020
It's escalated

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by younghartz(m): 9:43pm On Apr 04, 2020

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by TOPCRUISE(m): 9:43pm On Apr 04, 2020
It's just a myth to add flavour to fiction

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Sirmuel1(m): 9:43pm On Apr 04, 2020
Please bring it on!!!! Nothing dey happen!!! A Black Man can't die miserably like them

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Jack500: 9:43pm On Apr 04, 2020
Conspiracy.

It is a propaganda from the western media.

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by edidiongmichael(m): 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
My people perish for lack of knowledge. Tueh

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by GuestLog: 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
I do not have knowledge of what dangers lurk in the arsenal of 5G frequency wave. One thing I understand really well is that 4G mobile masts are rumoured to cause cancer due to radiation exposure.

Now 5G is 10x more powerful than all other sub class frequency before it.

I've been learning so much about frequencies and it's a scary topic.

Did you know that the human body can pick up these harmful frequencies because of the electrons in our nervous system? You hack the nervous system through frequencies, you attack the brain because they work hand in hand.

We humans are nothing but antennas to higher spiritual frequencies, the universe is made up of frequencies, that is why we can connect to emotions, feelings, universal laws, spiritual gateways, etc. Which we feel and know but cannot see.

If 5G is as powerful as claimed, then there could be some truth in all the rumours.

One thing to note is that the walls of Jericho fell down because of the frequency from the blast of trumpets and when God said "Let There Be" (that is straight up frequency which has continued to create life on our mud planet.

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by tempem: 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Staphylococcus: 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
Gibberish!

False ascertion

Am just glad Facebook, Twitter and the likes have shown commitment to be taking the baseless rumour out of their pages.

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by chinavs9ja(m): 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
5G or No 5G, Jesus is coming soon get prepared!


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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by GboyegaD(m): 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
It is well. How people come up with such unfounded claims are amusing.

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Nobody: 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
lies from youtube

so what technology spread birdflu, SAR, MERS, and other viruses? i guess 4g

all these conspiracy theorist on youtube

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Nobody: 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
Okay, I am sincerely short of words. One would expect that the onset of technology and unparalled information availability would make humans smarter but the opposite has been the case.

Every nutjob and their uncles now peddle the first insane thoughts that come to their minds as truths and since humans are so addicted to fear, insanity goes immediately viral on Twitter, nairaland or Instagram.

I hate to do this but will explain myself to dumbfucks like Chris oyakhilome, Dino melaye, fani kayode and their brainless followers.

First off, America doesn't have real 5G. What is advertised is “5G Evolution” or “5G E.” Your phone’s “4G” logo will transform to a “5G E” after an update, but nothing has actually changed.

https://www.howtogeek.com/399560/5g-e-isnt-real-5g.-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

How then do you describe the connection between 5G and coronavirus considering that America has the highest number of cases and death as of today.

5G is a relatively new technology and a quick google search will show you how most countries are still in the decision making or planning stage but this virus is all over the world. You have access to information in your pockets, use it FFS!

I could go on and on but if that example alone doesn't help you; sorry but you are dumb and lost.

What you are seeing now is a surge in western Anti-china propaganda to delay the deployment of a product that for the first time America does not have a hand in deploying. This goes to show you how dumb the average human is and how easy it is for any smart person or group with extensive PR to exploit people so fucking easily.

That Fraud Chris oyakhilome said Literal nothing in his video about 5G that explains the connection to coronavirus. The only thing he basically said is "5G is ten times stronger than 4G, TEN TIMES!!! but I don't want to bore you with all that" and this is the dumbfuck that a lot of people call G.O. Wtf!

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Seventy7kings: 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
Na wa oh. Well, I'll just sit on the fence concerning this matter cause this isn't my field. No matter how smart you think you are, there is little or nothing you can say about something outside your field

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by IdioticNLmods: 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
If coronavirus is caused by 5G then why do we have cases here in Nigeria? Do we even have 4G, talk more of 5G? undecided
Make una no vex me this night.. Been on lockdown for days with no pussy. angry

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Nobody: 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
In another way, I have a line direct from Nokia company explaining 5G it really interesting but scary...

Check this out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPSVqRH_8dw
This is 100% real

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by NwaNimo1(m): 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
Do the research yourselves...it's very easy. Check where 5g has been launched and compare it with coronovirus outbreaks,

The evidence is so clear to see....

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by BruncleZuma: 9:44pm On Apr 04, 2020
For Fúcks Sakes, why have we allowed all our years of education to be eroded by some dimwit conspiracy theory. At this point I'm going to believe Tupac and Biggie are Alive, NASA faked the moon landing, MJ ain't dead, Elvis Presley is living in Cuba, The Queen of England is Immortal and Philip Emegwali invented the internet.

What the actual fúck!


Thanks for the writeup Mallam Aminulive

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by BeLookingIDIOT(m): 9:45pm On Apr 04, 2020
How could this enter FP

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Ofirmee(m): 9:45pm On Apr 04, 2020
This is basic physics. A simple chart of electromagnetic spectrum will save us from all these conspiracies. But no, a pastor who has a degree in Architecture from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma be telling people about electromagnetism and astrophysics and even Telecommunication engineers will believe him. Shior!

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by ABCthings: 9:45pm On Apr 04, 2020
My problem is not with those that spread it but those that believed it.

They must be APC members.

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Demmtek(m): 9:45pm On Apr 04, 2020
Well 5g will come and it will be installed as 4g

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by franchasng: 9:45pm On Apr 04, 2020
Viral pandemic has been known to mankind since early BC.

The first recorded global pandemic happened in China in Circa 3000 B.C, and it wiped out the whole village in China, including women, children, adults and the aged. Nobody was spared....there was no artificial electromagnetic wave then.


Another plague rocked the world in 430 B.C., which was known as the Plague of Athens which killed over 100,000 people.


So many other pandemic rocked the world, until another global, and more dreaded one struck the world from 1918 - 1920 which was known as Spanish Flu. This killed around 500,000 people in Nigeria then.


My point is this; 5G network might not be the cause of coronavirus, but due to its high radiation, it may be causing havoc in people's immune system making them more vulnerable to coronavirus attack.

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by ikorodureporta: 9:45pm On Apr 04, 2020
Quenshun

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Lawalemi(m): 9:45pm On Apr 04, 2020
No. Coronavirus is caused by microbes while 5G can only cause radiation on human

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by Nobody: 9:45pm On Apr 04, 2020
5g is here to stay...no stupid conspiracy can stop it grin

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Re: FACT-CHECK: Is Coronavirus Caused By 5G Technology? by OgaInnocent(m): 9:45pm On Apr 04, 2020
Its boring already. Can we hear something else?

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