Coronavirus locks have spiked searches of 5G conspiracy theories of curious Australians in self-isolation.
Advised not to leave home unless necessary, many Australians use the extra free time spent indoors to research the Internet on anti-5G conspiracy theories, according to Google analytical search trends.
Interest in bizarre theories that the ultrafast mobile technology causes coronavirus has also spread around the world, despite the desperate efforts of experts to debunk the claims.
Australian professor of medicine and public health advocate John Dwyer described the conspiracy that 5G causes the deadly virus as ‘dangerous nonsense’.
Australians use the extra free time they have to search the internet for 5G conspiracy theories. Depicted is a woman checking her phone while waiting in a queue
He also refuted that 5G technology is harmful to our health.
“It’s up there with wind farms that cause cancer,” said Professor Dwyer Channel seven on Monday evening.
“This is dangerous nonsense at the moment in the fight against the epidemic. Even making a few people think differently that social detachment is not for them is a stupid idea and endangers us all. ‘
“For some people, the idea of a conspiracy theory turns them on. It usually doesn’t matter that much, but in this particular case it’s dangerous. ‘
“Coronavirus is available to all Australians, which you cannot say about the 5G network.”
Many experts have refuted the conspiracy that coronavirus is caused by 5G technology
The question ‘Is 5G safe? was the second highest trending search term in Australia last week, according to Google.
Interest in 5G is 180 percent above average weekly search levels, while “health effects,” the most popular trend-related topic for 5G, has seen a peak of 4,550 percent in searches, Triple J reported.
Other trending questions on the topic include whether the technology is dangerous to humans and whether 5G is on cruise ships, along with the locations of 5G towers in Australia and Sydney.
There was a surge of interest when 5G technology first rolled out in Australia last May, then renewed when the pandemic hit the coast of Australia earlier this week.
The Facebook group Stop5G Australia has grown to 32,000 members as the conspiracy theories caused by the technology continue to spread the coronavirus.
Globally, the search for ‘5G dangers’ is five times higher this week, according to Google.
Is 5G safe? was the second highest trending search term in Australia last week, according to Google trending. Depicted are a man and a woman using mobile technology in Sydney
Social media platforms such as You Tube and Facebook have also taken steps to minimize the spread of conspiracy theories.
“We will also start removing content with false claims or conspiracy theories marked by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could harm people they believe,” said Kang-Xing Jin, the head of Facebook, in a statement .
UK mobile network providers have also debunked “groundless” theories circulating online that 5G masts have been linked to coronavirus after at least five towers were set on fire in the UK last week.
MobileUK, the trading organization representing Three, O2, EE, and Vodafone, added that the pandemic was used to promote such untruths, saying some of the key workers in the industry are being exploited because of the unfounded 5G myths.
Pictured, a screenshot of a UK video posted online from the mast of Birmingham’s mobile network on fire. It is unknown if the specific mast emitted 5G and was reportedly fired by conspiracy theorists who said it was related to coronavirus
There have been at least five cases of vandals setting torches on fire in the UK in the past week.
Mobile UK said they were concerned that certain groups are using the Covid-19 pandemic to spread false rumors and theories about the safety of 5G technologies.
“More troubling is that some people also abuse our key people and threaten infrastructure under the guise of claims about 5G,” said a statement.
WHAT IS 5G AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The evolution of the G-system started in 1980 with the invention of the mobile phone with which analog data could be sent via telephone calls.
Digital entered the game in 1991 with 2G and SMS and MMS capabilities launched.
Since then, the possibilities and capacity for the mobile network have increased enormously.
More data can be transferred from one point to another faster than ever over the cellular network.
5G is expected to be 100 times faster than the currently used 4G.
While the jump from 3G to 4G has been most beneficial for mobile browsing and working, the move to 5G will be so fast that they will become almost real-time.
That means that mobile operations will be as fast as internet connections in the office.
Potential uses for 5g include:
- Simultaneous translation of multiple languages in a group conference
- Self-driving cars can stream movies, music and navigation information from the cloud
- A full 8 GB movie can be downloaded in six seconds.
5G is expected to be so fast and efficient that the end of wired connections may begin.
According to industry estimates, 50 billion devices will be connected to 5G by the end of 2020.
The evolution from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1 Gbps – 1,000 times faster than the existing speed of 4G and could be implemented in future laptops