THE spread of the coronavirus has brought with it widespread conspiracy theories surrounding the origin of the disease.
One of the most persistent of such theories is that 5G networks, gradually being rolled out across the world, is the cause of the outbreak.
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What is the 5G conspiracy?
Shortly after coronavirus gripped the world, videos and audios began spreading on several platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp with claims that the introduction of 5G networks across the globe is the cause of the disease, which has infected over 1.8 million people worldwide and killed over 116,000.
These unfounded claims suggested that the most powerful people in the world are behind a cover-up to spread the virus across the world.
It is claimed that 5G towers emit radiations which attacks the immune system, causing them to weaken, making it easier for people to contract Covid-19.
China reported its first case of coronavirus in 2019, which actually began in a wet market in Wuhan – the same year 5G networks became more prominent around the world.
This is thought to have been the reason conspiracy theorists decided there was a link between the two.
Also, maps began to surface claiming to show that the spread of coronavirus was higher in areas where 5G networks had been adopted.
These maps showed areas with larger populations, which are more susceptible to the spread of coronavirus.
Other theories have gone as far to suggest the new £20 bank notes reveal symbols which suggest 5G networks is the cause of coronavirus.
Although health concerns have been raised concerning 5G networks, the connection to coronavirus is unfounded.
The World Health Organisation has debunked the 5G claims, saying: "Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks.
"Covid-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks."
Despite this, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms have had to take action to limit the spread of misinformation on coronavirus following attacks on mobile network towers in Britain, while Huawei has urged Britain not to go back on 5G plans.
How many countries have it?
Several countries are adopting the 5G mobile networks, which has been hailed as an advancement in wireless technology.
Under 5G, there will be a higher bandwidth and faster speeds, and a vast improvement on 4G networks.
Several countries across the world have already adopted 5G networks with more to follow suit in the coming years.
The countries said to be the leading the 5G innovation include the UK, US, China, Germany, France , South Korea and Japan.
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Which celebrities have defended the theory?
Several celebrities and influencers have lent their voices to the spread of the misinformation surrounding coronavirus' spread and 5G networks.
This Morning host Eamon Holmes defended the claims saying: "What I don't accept is mainstream media immediately slapping that down as not true when they don't know it's not true."
Boxer Amir Khan also posted a video saying coronavirus is 'man-made' in order to test 5G.
Ex-footballer David Icke has also said 5G is to blame for the spread of the disease.
Other celebrities who have bought into the theory include actor Woody Harrelson and singer MIA.
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