An unfounded conspiracy theory that radiation from 5G towers causes coronavirus and cancer is spreading across social media and messaging apps, resulting in widespread panic about the next-generation technology.
A petition to block the UK government from rolling out 5G across the country has received more than 110,000 signatures, assisted by celebrities sharing it with their followers.
The Change.org petition uses pseudo-science to support false claims about the health risks of 5G, which allegedly range from cancer to coronavirus.
The petition’s founder, who goes by the name Delroy Chin, writes that radiation emitted from 5G towers sucks the oxygen out of the atmosphere and disrupts the regular functioning of the human body.
“Our bodies are 85 percent water and the shortwave radiation increases the breakdown in our natural biology causing cancers and other serious health conditions,” it states.