by Bennett Davis
The COVID virus has created yet another playground of the imagination for those given to theorize beyond the evidence.
An easy hypothesis in circulation is that Big Pharma created and spread the virus, so it could reap fortunes selling cures and vaccines. Another, promoted by Donald Trump and others, is that the virus escaped, or was released, from a virology lab in Wuhan, the city where the virus first appeared in a general population.
In Hindu India, the virus is a plague unleashed by Muslims; in Muslim Pakistan, the virus is an attack by Jews.
One of the more sophisticated theories involves 5G, the newest or “fifth generation” of wireless radio-wave transmission systems.
Here, the idea is that the structure of 5G radio waves disrupts the biochemistry of our cells and poisons them. The virus is actually the poisons excreted from our cells, mixed with some proteins and other random biochemical elements.
5G waves are intense but travel only short distances. Therefore, areas wired for 5G can sprout antennas on every city block or residential corner, bathing residents in 5G waves wherever they go.
The theory is not wrong in claiming 5G is hazardous to human health. There is a growing consensus among researchers that 5G waves disrupt the biochemistry of living things and interferes with an organism’s internal signaling. The Trends Journal has reported on these studies by credible scientists at reputable institutions for more than three years.
These studies indicate that these particular radio frequencies, when bombarding an organism over time, can increase risks of cancer, memory problems and learning deficits, depression, sleep disturbances, symptoms resembling the flu, and general “cellular distress,” among a host of other ailments.
The theory that 5G radio waves create the current coronavirus grows out of this mounting evidence that the waves harm us at the cellular level.
The theorists begin by pointing out that Wuhan, the where the virus first became epidemic, was the first city in China to be thoroughly equipped with 5G antennas. The South Korean capital of Seoul – a metropolis hard-hit soon after Wuhan – also was an early adopter of widespread 5G.
The Diamond Princess cruise ship, a focus of world attention when hundreds of its passengers contracted the virus and were quarantined aboard for weeks, was fitted out with 5G wireless technology. Italy, another ambitious adopter of 5G, was Europe’s earliest coronavirus hotspot.
The theorists see causation, not coincidence, in those facts.
The theory, however, has a fatal flaw.
The idea that 5G causes the virus seems to deny the idea that viruses can spread from one person to the other. Indeed, prominent advocates of “the 5G theory” seriously question, or deny outright, that a 5G-caused virus, or any virus, can be contagious.
But the idea that viruses can’t be spread from person to person flies in the face of a century of lab experiments and also human experience, including our experience with COVID.
For example, the most intense infestation of the COVID virus in the U.S., aside from nursing homes and prisons, is in the Navajo Native American reservation in the U.S. southwest. The infection rate there on 17 May was 2,344 infected people for every 100,000 residents. But the reservation is spread across desert country devoid of 5G antennas; any concentration of 5G antennas is so distant that the waves can’t reach the reservation.
On 10 March, 61 people gathered in a church in Mt. Vernon, WA, for choir practice. They sang and snacked together for almost three hours. One had been suffering cold-like symptoms for a few days before the event. Over the next few weeks, 53 of the 61 came down with COVID, three were hospitalized, and two died.
Mt. Vernon isn’t scheduled to receive 5G service until at least 2022.
There have been thousands of recorded cases of people living in small cities and rural areas lacking 5G service who contract the virus.
Also, a pattern of infection has been established in which the virus spreads through a population, some of those infected are hospitalized, after which the number of cases rises among the caregivers.
That pattern indicates person-to-person spread; if 5G is broadcast among a general population, caregivers should be contracting the virus in tandem with the general populace, not after they come into concentrated contact with sick people.
While there are serious health concerns surrounding 5G, the notion that it causes the COVID virus isn’t one of them.
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by Bennett Davis