Fact check: Experts dismiss claims that 5G wireless technology created COVID-19

Fact check: Experts dismiss claims that 5G wireless technology created COVID-19

- Conspiracy theories claiming 5G technology helps transmit coronavirus have been denounced by the science community

- According to scientists, the idea that 5G lowers your immune system doesn't stand up to scrutiny

- Our Manifesto: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in

The world has been badly hit by a pandemic called COVID-19 which has killed over 88,000 people across the world and has infected over 1.5 million people.

The deadly virus is also is affecting 209 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances.

Scientists haven't been able to trace the source or cause of the disease since it broke out in December 2019 in Wuhan, in China.

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But there have been numerous conspiracy theories shared on and off social media claiming that 5G mobile networks are the cause of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

But YEN.comgh's fact check can say the claims are false. According to experts, 5G is based on radio frequency and does not create viruses.

In one of the most widespread claims, popular American singer Keri Hilson asserted that coronavirus is caused by fifth-generation wireless technology, known as 5G.

Hilson also claimed that COVID-19 was not widespread in Africa because of the absence of 5G on the continent.

It is imperative to note that this story about 5G has no credence scientifically and is certainly a distraction, as is other such misinformation, from controlling the COVID-19 epidemic.

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A coronavirus is a type of virus that's spread from person-to-person. It doesn't travel through something like radio waves.

You can't get it from using your phone or watching TV unless the phone itself or the remote control is contaminated with coronavirus.

This novel coronavirus belongs to the Coronaviridae family.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ghana currently has recorded 313 cases of the COVID-19 pandemic in six regions of the country so far.

But the head of Ghana’s coronavirus test team, Dr. Samuel Kaba Akoriyea, in an interview with Joy FM on Wednesday, April 7, 2020, said the country’s positive cases will not hit the thousand mark as it has happened in other countries like Italy, Spain, US, and China.

Dr. Akoriyea said the President’s lockdown intervention was timely and it has saved the country from recording huge numbers of the COVID-19 case.

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