Question & Answer

Does 5G affect the spread of COVID-19?

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  • 5G is a new generation of mobile network technology that aims to deliver faster internet speeds and a more reliable data connection. It is transmitted over radio waves.
  • There are claims on social media that 5G is responsible for COVID-19. Other claims are that 5G weakens people’s immune systems, making them susceptible to COVID-19.
  • International organisations such as the WHO and the European Commission have stated that 5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19. These organisations have pointed out that COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.
  • COVID-19 is an illness caused by a type of virus called a coronavirus.
  • Viruses do not travel on radio waves or mobile networks.
  • The major transmission route for COVID-19 is via droplets generated when a person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can be breathed in by others, or they can land on people or surfaces nearby – this is why following the advice on physical distancing and frequent hand washing is so important.

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  • Lead Researcher: Dr. Teresa Corbett, Research Fellow with CLAHRC Wessex at the University of Southampton.
  • Reviewed by: Professor Declan Devane, School of Nursing and Midwifery, HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network, Evidence Synthesis Ireland & Cochrane Ireland, NUI Galway.
  • Evidence Advisor: Dr. Darren Dahly, Principal Statistician, HRB Clinical Research Facility, Cork, Ireland, and Senior Lecturer in Research Methods in the UCC School of Public Health.
  • Evidence Advisor: Anne Daly, PPI Ignite, NUI Galway.
  • Journalist Advisor: Dr Claire O’Connell, Contributor, The Irish Times.

Conflict of Interest Statement: The authors have no financial or other conflicts of interest for this health claim summary