Did You Hear the One About the “5G Syndrome” Hoax?

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Recently a false claim circulating on Facebook regarding a link between 5G and COVID-19 went even more viral (pun intended) and was picked up by a major newspaper. The story got so widespread that the Houston Chronicle recently had to address and refute its outlandish premise: the virus was created by China, to cover-up a global outbreak of “5G Syndrome.” 

The story goes Wuhan, China was chosen as a technology hub for 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), which included major rollouts of infrastructure that occurred in 2019. As the capital of Hubei Province, Wuhan was “expected to have 10,000 5G base stations by the end of 2019,” according to Song Qizhu, head of Hubei Provincial Communication Administration. 

Because the pandemic has its origins near the Province, anti-5G conspirators made a correlation between this intensive rollout in Wuhan and the coronavirus. According to one source (calling itself “State of the Nation”), once the 5G “switch was flipped” in Wuhan, people started experiencing “5G Syndrome” and “dropping like flies.” Skeptics claim that the bioengineered coronavirus was then released to cover up the 5G Syndrome. The source of this skullduggery, “State” claims, is from an unnamed U.S. Army officer and intelligence analyst.

5G dissenters also claim that areas yet to build out 5G are seeing very few cases of the coronavirus, like Africa. Conversely, in places where IoT buildouts have occurred, the coronavirus is taking off. Cynics also compare symptoms of COVID-19 to EMF Hypersensitivity Illness and Electrohypersensitivity (EHS). 

The Houston Chronicle reported that the “hoax” article circulating on Facebook is false. World health experts report that the coronavirus likely originated in an animal – perhaps a bat – that transmitted the virus to another animal and then to humans. 

 

 

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