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Did 5G Cause COVID-19? (Debunking 3 5G Conspiracy Theories Canada)

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

5G is coming whether we want it to or not. Early phases of 5G infrastructures are already rolling out in some areas of the world, although still years away in Canada. This new mobile technology is expected to provide download speeds so fast our lives will never be the same. As expected, it has a lot of people excited. But not everybody is anticipating 5G with enthusiasm. There are concerns about potential dangers it may present, particularly health-related ones. Some have even asked the question did 5G cause COVID-19?


5G over the globe

Typing the words 5G concerns into a Google search will reveal hundreds of articles about a variety of claims related to 5G, from minor to apocalyptic. Some of these concerns are certainly worth taking seriously, as 5g technology is unquestionably still in its infancy. But the majority of them are irrational claims not backed up by any credible scientific evidence and with no basis in reality.


In this article, we address 3 of the heaviest 5G related conspiracy theories.


1. Did 5G cause the coronavirus?

2. Does 5G cause cancer?

3. Does 5G impede fertility?


Spoiler: all 3 of them are easily dismissed with demonstrable evidence. But before we get into it, let’s provide a brief explanation of what 5G is for those who may not know. We’ll also give an honest summary of the underlying reasons why 5G is concerning to some people.


First of all, what is 5G?


5G is the latest and most advanced iteration of cellular technology. In the past, when cell phones first became available to consumers, 2G networks provided our cellular data. Soon after, 3G networks were released and introduced the concept of mobile data usage for things outside making phone calls, like downloading music and ringtones right from our phones. Then came 4G which is what most of us still use today. 4G gave us fast, high-quality video streaming, better service, better functionality, and opened up the world to mobile apps.



Next in line is 5G. How much better will 5G be compared to 4G? It represents the largest leap in cellular technology to date. Data speeds will be lightning fast. Connectivity will be incredibly reliable. Things that we thought could only possible in science fiction will become reality.


One of the main things that distinguish 5G from its network predecessors is its use of mmWaves to transmit signals (mmWave is short for millimeter wave). This is not how 4G, 3G, or 2G networks operate. They use microwave technology which is comprised of larger and slower waves compared to the smaller, faster mmWaves. When discussing wave frequency, smaller means it uses less bandwidth. Internet speeds with 5G are expected to be significantly faster than anything we currently experience with 4G. To put it into perspective, 5G supports 1 million devices per square kilometer. 4G can support 100,000.


So what is it about 5G that some people say is dangerous?


After considering all of the arguments against 5G, there’s a common thread that appears throughout:


A global transition to the stronger 5G signal involves the installation of many hundreds of thousands of new, smaller antennas. Stronger signals and more antennas have some people worried.



What’s worrisome about more antennas sending stronger signals?


A cursory understanding of radiation science shows that there really is nothing to be worried about, which we’ll address in the next section. But for years people have been saying that cell towers and cell phones are bad for our health; that they emit hazardous radiation. So it should be no surprise that now, with 5G on the verge, that those who share this belief are making themselves known more forcefully than ever.


When you type 5G into Google, you’ll likely see some pretty interesting auto-suggestions in the search bar. 5G dangers, 5G cancer, and other similar phrases usually appear. Also interesting is that if you type 4G or 3G, you’ll see similar auto-suggestions. There are people who’ve been worried about the potential dangers of cellular technology for a long time.


Is radiation really one of the “dangers of 5G”?


No, it isn’t. Years ago, when cellular technology really started to take off, studies began to surface about possible links to health risks like cancer, headaches, and more. And they continue to this day. However, some basic knowledge of electromagnetic radiation spectrum puts these claims to bed.


The truth about radiation and cell phones


For most of us, the word radiation conjures up horrifying mental images of hazardous waste, the aftermath of nuclear bombs; things like that. This isn’t surprising given the fact that these images are all over TV and film. But radiation is much more multifaceted and comes in many forms.



Harmful radiation is ionizing. Unharmful radiation is non-ionizing. Ionizing radiation involves wavelengths that are above the ultraviolet spectrum. Examples include X-rays and gamma rays. Non-ionizing radiation involves wavelengths below the ultraviolet spectrum. Examples include TVs, mobile phones, and microwave ovens.


The following is a simplified explanation, but when a person is exposed to ionizing radiation the electrons in their base molecules are “knocked out”. This is extremely damaging to DNA. Side effects include tumors, cancers, and other life-threatening conditions. Lucky for us, cellular technology uses non-ionizing radiation. These are radio waves operating on a much lower frequency.


To clarify…


In very rare, very unlikely circumstances, non-ionizing radiation does have a small potential to be harmful. But in day-to-day life scenarios, being near this type of radiation is risk-free. Ionizing radiation, on the other hand, is extremely harmful even in small amounts.


For more information on the difference between these two types of radiation and where certain familiar devices fall on the electromagnetic radiation spectrum, click here.


Just think of it this way. Have you ever been tanning at a spa? A tanning booth emits non-ionizing radiation and is significantly more dangerous than anything coming from your cell phone.



Moving on


Let’s get into 3 real 5G conspiracy theories.


1. Did 5G cause the coronavirus?