At the beginning of this month, several conspiracy theories emerged on the Internet that guaranteed that 5G is one of the factors that caused the appearance of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the World Health Organization (WHO) clarified that the virus is not transmitted through the fifth generation of mobile network, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will reinforce the warning.
Unfounded rumors about a link between 5G and the COVID-19 pandemic have even led to several towers being set on fire in several locations across the UK. At the time, YouTube was not indifferent to the events and announced that it would take steps to halt the spread of false information.
Almost two weeks after the start of the spread of false theories, the ITU, a UN agency, came to clarify that the association of the 5G expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic has no scientific basis. In a statement, the ITU explains that this type of rumors has increased, at a time when it is essential to "spread credible news and facts about the disease".
The agency particularly praises the role of information technologies and social networks on a large scale ", which, it considers, have helped to deal with and respond to disease. However, it assumes that they can also spread fear and misinformation among the world population. At the end of March, UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres highlighted the importance of fighting this other "enemy", promoting the dissemination of credible information and solidarity.
The ITU statement followed that of WHO in early April. The Organization recalled that the new Coronavirus was transmitted through the air through droplets derived from human breathing, coughing, sneezing or through speech. Another form of infection would be to touch contaminated surfaces and bring your hands to your mouth, eyes or nose. Therefore, without any possibility of transmission through the fifth generation of mobile network.