I really can keep this short and sweet. The reason the link between 5G and coronavirus remains untold is… there isn’t one!

To be honest, I never would have thought about this myself because it seems to be so self-evidently ludicrous. However, I was chatting to a techno-friend in the UK earlier this week — we’ll call him Joe (because that’s his name) — when he mentioned that a couple of 5G radio towers had been vandalized in the UK because there is a rumor going around that 5G is somehow related to the origin (or contributing to the spread) of the coronavirus (see also 5G and AR Meet 50,000 Fans at Super Bowl 2025).

Despite the conspiracy theories, there really is no link between 5G and Coronavirus (Click image to see a larger version — Image source: pixabay.com)

We had a bit of a chuckle and our conversation drifted on to other topics. If the truth be told, I would have thought no more about this, but just one day later I received a text from a non-techno friend in Tennessee — let’s call him Bruce (yes, of course that’s his name). Bruce started by asking if I’d heard about any adverse effects on humans from 5G. He then went on to explain that he’d seen a video on the internet saying the coronavirus has hit hardest where 5G was first deployed.

My knee-jerk reaction was to say, “This is a complete load of tosh, twaddle, and tripe” (or words to that effect), but then I decided this might be considered a less-than well-reasoned argument. So, instead, I emailed my chum, Martin Rowe, who is the editor at 5G Technology World.

I explained my predicament to Martin and asked, “Have you heard anything about this rubbish? Do you have any sites/articles I can point people at to say, ‘You are all idiots’ (or… words to that effect)?”

Martin quickly responded: “I got an email the other day from someone asking if I was now onboard with the theory that 5G is about reducing population and controlling those people who remain. This conspiracy theory has been around for several years.”

I pressed on asking if Martin knew of any articles refuting the purported 5G-coronavirus relationship. He first tried to fob me off with a link to an article, No, IoT RF Radiation Won’t Cause a Pandemic, but I wanted more. Eventually I wore Martin’s resistance down and he gathered his thoughts and presented them in his own column, 5G Does Not Spread Biological Viruses.

Well, I think it’s safe to say that Martin’s position is clear. Sadly, once this sort of fake news ball starts rolling, it gains an inertia that’s hard to stop (I’m sure President Trump would agree with me on this — can you believe that people are still saying that there were fewer people at his inauguration than were at President Obama’s? — as if those side-by-side photographs prove anything).

As a result, I fear I will continue to hear from friends asking if there is any truth in the 5G + coronavirus rumors. Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. How about you? Have you heard any 5G + coronavirus theories (conspiracy or otherwise) that make you want to gnash your teeth and rend your garb?