In the US, the country with the highest recorded cases of coronavirus, 5G is fairly limited, while Iran and some African countries in which the virus has spread to do not have 5G installed. In Nigeria, 5G was launched for trials in November 2019 but Africa’s most populous country has recorded one of the lowest cases of the virus globally. In fact, most cases confirmed in Nigeria were from people who flew in from abroad. So why do some still believe that 5G is responsible for COVID-19?
The paranoia about 5G — the industry term for the fifth generation of wireless communications infrastructure — has risen for the last few years, but as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest wild theory is that the technology that runs mobile phones could secretly be causing the outbreak. Digital Passion’s Fola Akinmolayan, in this interview with GuardianTV’s Abisola Olasupo, debunks these theories around a technology that has so far rolled out in about 40 countries, most notably South Korea and China, as well as in dozens of US cities.