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Verizon CEO says 5G virus conspiracy theories are nonsense

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Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg stated that conspiracy theories linking the rollout of 5G to the unfold of COVID-19 are false in an interview with CNBC as we speak.

“There’s no correlation in any respect between 5G and coronavirus,” Vestberg stated. “It’s simply pretend information.” He stated Verizon deliberate to fight the conspiracy theories with “our communication, and the business’s communication, and with well being organizations’ communication.”

Vestberg was referring to communications already issued by well being organizations and knowledge combating conspiracies about wi-fi gadgets and well being that may be discovered at www.wirelesshealthfacts.com, a Verizon spokesperson tells The Verge. That website states that “radiofrequency power from wi-fi gadgets and networks, together with radiofrequencies utilized by 5G, has not been proven to trigger well being issues, based on the worldwide scientific neighborhood,” and factors to sources and quotes from wi-fi communications our bodies and well being organizations supporting that assertion.

The location additionally hyperlinks to a WHO website that spells out how COVID-19 is unfold via respiratory droplets and that viruses can’t journey through radio waves or cellular networks.

Regardless of no scientific proof establishing a hyperlink between 5G and coronavirus, conspiracy theories connecting the 2 have unfold throughout social media, resulting in 5G towers within the UK being set on fireplace and folks harassing workers laying fiber optic cables. My colleague Tom Warren has put collectively an explainer about why these conspiracy theories don’t make sense.

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