Quack Pseudoscience: Consists of statements, beliefs, or practices claimed to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the scientific method (unproven, not testable, or opposed to the consensus of traditional science). Quack pseudoscience is not only ineffective, but it can also be dangerous and represents a blatant attempt to deceive or harm with disinformation.
Definition: Refers to a theory that companies like Sprint and Apple have used 5G to spread coronavirus, using cellphones and the 5G wires scattered across the US.
Reasoning: According to Live Science, “Radiation can come into contact with the skin, for example, when we put a 5G mobile to our ear to make a call. This is when we’re most exposed to non-ionizing radiation. But this exposure is well below the recommended safety level.”
“5G radiation can’t penetrate the skin or allow a virus to penetrate the skin. There is no evidence 5G radio frequencies cause or exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus.”
Multiple sources, such as Wired, have also studied this theory and have found it to be lacking evidence.
- How the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory went from fringe to mainstream
- How does fake news of 5G and COVID-19 spread worldwide?
- The Rise and Spread of a 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory
Conclusion: This is quackery-level pseudoscience, as it is impossible for 5G or any cellphone network to cause or contribute to the spread of COVID-19. While there is some slight radioactive transmission from cell phones, it is well-regulated and cannot cause ill effects.