I’ve seen a few posts with people saying that radiation poisoning from 5G is the cause of people dying and not COVID-19, because the symptoms of radiation poisoning suspiciously match those of COVID-19.

Theorists have said they believe that COVID-19 cases are higher in places with 5G switched on and that people who really just have pneumonia, colds, and flus are being told that they have a mild form of the virus. This allegedly helps doctors to fudge the numbers of COVID-19 deaths and that, in reality, there is no such thing as COVID-19.

Furthermore, the rich cartels have colluded to cull the world’s population through radiation poisoning in order to rule a moneyless world.

There are a number of problems with these theories. First of all, they are just theories: thoughts based on no solid information or science. No evidence is given of the higher rates of pneumonia, colds, and flus in 5G areas. Even if there were, this still does not prove that 5G is the cause. There may be other reasons for higher incidences of disease. Again, there is no information or references for these assumptions and claims.

Second of all, why would doctors lie to patients about test results?  Where is the evidence for the claim that they are fudging numbers and why would they?  Nothing is given to back up this claim either.

Third, how do theorists know rich cartels have colluded to cull the world’s population through radiation poisoning in order to rule a moneyless world? Absolutely no evidence is given for this theory either, yet it is all presented as fact to frightened people looking for answers.

There is no scientific proof that 5G causes radiation poisoning. It’s been researched and they couldn’t give conclusive evidence for it. That’s not to say that 5G is not dangerous, but it is irresponsible to make such a claim founded on no evidence whatsoever.

Not that I am a philosopher, but I have sat in enough lectures to understand that the COVID-19 = 5G radiation poisoning is invalid. Let me give you an example to help you understand the principle of an invalid argument.

 Cassandra owns a Mercedes-Benz. 

Rich people own Mercedes-Benz automobiles.  

Therefore, Cassandra must be rich.

In the same way, we can see how the COVID-19 = 5G argument is invalid.

5G causes radiation poisoning which causes radiation pneumonitis (NB there is no evidence)

COVID-19 causes pneumonia

Therefore, 5G must be COVID-19

The deceiving phrase is “must be”. It only “must be” in the conspiratorial imagination because there is not enough information to conclude the entire story.

Pneumonia is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or foreign objects/substances which should not be in the lungs. It is not caused by radiation poisoning.

Radiation pneumonitis is not the same thing as pneumonia[1]. Symptoms are similar, but where pneumonia is bacterial, fungal or viral, pneumonitis is a lung injury caused by an irritant. Doctors are qualified to tell the difference and the scientists doing the testing are also qualified to know what they are seeing through a microscope.

If radiation were a factor, we could expect to see absolutely no discrimination between the young and old or the sick and healthy, but some people are more at risk than others. The risk of death increases greatly if you are older or have certain health issues. The virus does therefore discriminate, hence why some of us have received letters from the NHS instructing us to stay inside for at least 3 months.

Which brings me to my final point. What is COVID-19? It is an infectious disease caused by a virus (Coronavirus)[2]. It shows up under a microscope. It is a real, physical, visible thing. Viruses are tiny microbes. They are so small that 500 million rhinoviruses, which cause the common cold, could fit on the head of a pin. They only come to life and can then multiply when they are inside the cells of living things. Up until that point, they are genetic material surrounded by a protective protein. Sometimes they have spikes and are able to latch onto host cells and get inside them.[3]

Conspiracy theories with no backbone do not help how people are feeling right now. Think about the validity of your argument. Critically analyse your beliefs.  Be careful with terminology.

COVID-19 is real. The only reason to think otherwise would be if you were experiencing a high state of paranoia, fear, and distrust of absolutely everyone, especially governments. The cry of “We are being lied to!” can be heard right across the internet. Analyse the evidence and analyse your argument. You will find that there is a vast difference between what feeds into your fears and what is actual fact. This is dangerous in the current climate. It is what will stop you from staying indoors or wearing a mask and gloves outside. It will help to spread the disease rather than stop it. Now more than ever we must turn away from these deluded conspiracy theories. Your life, and everyone you love, depends upon it.

[1] https://www.healthline.com/health/radiation-pneumonitis

[2] https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1

[3] https://microbiologysociety.org/why-microbiology-matters/what-is-microbiology/viruses.html

FURTHER READING:

Coronavirus: Scientists brand 5G claims ‘complete rubbish’