Tuesday, 19 May 2020 11:16

Australians warned of ‘misinformation’ linking 5G and COVID 19 Featured

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Australians have been warned about a campaign of misinformation linking 5G and the coronavirus, with the Federal Government urging confidence in the country’s stringent safety standards and decades of global scientific research about electromagnetic energy (EME).

The Government said on Tuesday it encouraged Australians to rely on “reputable and authoritative sources of information”, such as Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and the independent Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) - noting that the Chief Medical Officer has made it clear ”there is no link between 5G and coronavirus, nor does 5G increase the severity of coronavirus or make people more susceptible to coronavirus”.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the radio waves used by all generations of mobile and wireless technologies, including 5G, have been studied rigorously for decades, and ”there is no evidence that the use of these radio waves in mobile networks is harmful to health or related to the current health pandemic”.

“Any suggestions that there is a link between 5G and coronavirus are utterly baseless. As the Chief Medical Officer has said, 5G does not cause the coronavirus and it does not spread coronavirus,” Minister Fletcher said.

Minister Fletcher said that spreading this type of misinformation is ”irresponsible, dangerous and could be harmful to the community”, citing the recent arson attacks on mobile phone towers in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

“Interfering or tampering with telecommunications facilities is a criminal offence. The Australian Government will not tolerate any vandalism of communications infrastructure and I urge Australians to report any suspicious activity to their local police,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Causing damage to mobile phone networks can cut vital connectivity, risking serious harm, even death, if a person is unable to contact Triple Zero.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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