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Covid 19 and 5G - Politics and fake news vs Knowledge
The belief that 5G could have health implications isn't new. But conspiracy theories linking 5G with Covid-19 went viral during the lockdown.
What is Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?According to World Health Organization, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
What is 5G? 5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G is expected to increase performance and a wide range of new applications, including strengthening e-Health (telemedicine, remote surveillance, telesurgery). The increased speed is achieved partly by using higher-frequency radio waves than previous cellular networks. However, higher-frequency radio waves have a shorter useful physical range, requiring smaller geographic cells. 5G networks operate on frequency bands — low, medium, and high. Low-band 5G uses a similar frequency range to 4G cellphones, offering download speeds a little higher than 4G: 30-250 Mbit/s. 5G Low-band cell towers have a range and coverage area similar to 4G towers. Medium-band 5G uses microwaves of 2.5-3.7 GHz, allowing speeds of 100-900 Mbit/s, with each cell tower providing service up to several kilometers in radius. This level of service is the most widely deployed.
What are the potential health risks from 5G?According to World Health Organization, after much research performed, no adverse health effect has been causally linked with exposure to wireless technologies. Tissue heating is the main mechanism of interaction between radiofrequency fields and the human body. Radiofrequency exposure levels from current technologies result in negligible temperature rise in the human body.As the frequency increases, there is less penetration into the body tissues and absorption of the energy becomes more confined to the surface of the body (skin and eye). Provided that the overall exposure remains below international guidelines, no consequences for public health are anticipated. No research performed linked 5G with Covid-19.
So where conspiracy theories starts from? In my opinion, the conspiracy theories starts from ''fake new'' from internet and from politicians.
Internet is a global data communication system of interconnected computers network. It carries various information resources and services for education, marketing and leisure such as electronic mail, online chat, file transfer and file sharing, online gaming, e-learning programs. Although internet has many benefits, its hide many traps, risk and dangerous. The anonymity of internet has allowed people to be anyone they think you want them to be. One ''trap'' that internet can provide is Fake News. Fake news is false or misleading information presented as news. It often has the aim of damaging the reputation of a person or entity, or making money through advertising revenue.
The enactment of laws by notable legislators in ancient times has laid the foundations for the well-being and education of citizens. Both the politicians who deal with the functional institutions of the country and the citizens must participate actively and with a sense of responsibility for the protection of the Country and themselves, from incompetent and self-interested politicians who judge their fate. The society consists of a wide range of people with different aspirations that lead to conflicts, which damage the social body. A good politician is not fueled by personal vanity, is not driven by ideas and does not represent political expediencies and interests. A good politician should not try to gain votes from the fear and the absence of information/knowledge of the people.
The best weapon against conspiracy theories and fake news is Knowledge. Learning is a universal phenomenon that enables people to use their strengths and improve their abilities to create, improve, reshape their natural and historical environment. Knowledge and behavior have been passed down from generation to generation and directly affect people's education and behavior. Learning is succeeded through education and culture, moral values, way of thinking and social behavior. Schools, religion and the social system in general are sources of knowledge that improve and develop children by enriching knowledge and shaping characters. Superstitions, stereotypes and prejudices restrict freedom in learning development. In order to have a healthy mental development, one must be free to process correct data with critical perception and strict control to reach solutions that have his personal signature. There are two theoretical and ethical attitudes and ways of thinking and behaving: Accept the scientific truth or do criticism and decide what is useful and wise to follow.