In this period of the coronavirus pandemic, we have heard countless conspiracy theories and unverified facts making rounds across the internet. The most recent conspiracy theory have emerged as a result of a series of misconceptions about the Fifth-Generation network; popularly known as 5G.
The Nigerian internet community is also actively engaged on the topic, with several public figures and media analysts sharing their thoughts and making various assumptions of what many think is a big conspiracy originating from Wuhan, China.
Here are the 3 most popular misconceptions held by Nigerians regarding the 5G network and what experts have to say about them:
1. 5G network started the Coronavirus pandemic:
A large number of internet users in Nigeria currently believe that the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in our world today is as a result of the recent launch of 5G network in China. In as much as experts have tried to reveal the absurdity in most of these claims, many Nigerians still appear to hold this false notion. The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed in one of its publications that viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks, and many countries affected by the virus today do not have 5G networks.
2. 5G network can cause serious health defects:
We are not new to the theory of radiation and how it can lead to several health defects. Dr. Steve Novella, an assistant professor of neurology at Yale School of Medicine and executive editor of Science-Based Medicine, recently expressed concerns over how much the term “radiation” tend to scare people, in his recent publication. It is however important to note that not all levels of radiation are dangerous to the human cells. In fact, the radiation in the sun is more dangerous than that in 5G.
3. 5G is currently being tested in Nigeria:
While the country is under lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, many believe the lockdown is a cover for a 5G test currently ongoing in major parts of the country. Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy have debunked most of these claims and assured Nigerians that no law have been passed as regards to the use of 5G in the country.
The 5G is the next generation of wireless technology which will replace, or at least augment the existing 4G LTE connection. The trend of discriminating new technologies before later embracing them is quite common around the world. It is however, important to understand that as the world continues to evolve, modern technology will always follow suit. This is a big fact we all have to live with.
Author Credit: Pius, Ima-Abasi Joseph