An outlandish claim is circulating online that the US government has admitted that exposure to 5G radiation can induce COVID-19 in humans.
The basis for this claim is that “shocking” new research published on the agency’s website supports the hypothesis.
But that claim is false.
A co-author of the largely cited “study” said AAP Fact Check His paper was not a scientific paper, but an “hypothetical, hypothetically unfounded, controversial and shocking ‘article’.”
The authors of other cited studies conclude that “none of the observations discussed here prove this association.”
We found no reliable evidence linking 5G to COVID.
The allegation was made in an article on the misinformation website NewsPunch, headlined, “US Government Admits ‘5G Radiation Causes COVID-19’ – Stunning Acknowledgment.”
It includes an image of Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a tweet allegedly by the US government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Tweet is fake.
The article (archived here) has been widely shared on social media. See here, here, here, here, here.
NewsPunch presents “just published research” on the NIH website as evidence that the US government confirmed the link.
The paper, titled 5G Technology and Induction of Coronavirus in Skin Cells, was published in July 2020 and retracted by the authors within hours of its release.
This document does not contain studies or primary data to support the hypothesis. Instead it just suggests that there may be a link.
Professor Torello Lotti, one of the study’s co-authors, said: AAP Fact Check The publication was not a scientific paper, but a “shocking” and “hypothetically unfounded” editorial intended to stimulate discussion.
A professor of dermatology and venerealology at Rome’s Guglielmo Marconi University said he retracted the “provocative editorial” within hours of its publication, largely due to misunderstandings from outside the scientific community.
Professor Lotti said in an email:
NewsPunch’s claim that the US government authorized it is likely because the NIH is a government agency.
A second “brand new” study cited by NewsPunch is entitled Evidence of a Connection Between Coronavirus Disease-19 and Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation from Wireless Communications, including 5G, from September 2021.
This research has been the subject of other rants here and here.
Specifically, the study’s authors stated: Specifically, the evidence does not confirm causality. ”
Theories about the 5G-COVID connection have been circulating since the early days of the pandemic. See here and here.
However, although this claim has been debunked numerous times (here, here, here, here, here, here), there is no credible evidence to support the link.
AAP Fact Check I checked NewsPunch many times. See here, here, here, here.
Claims that the US government has admitted that 5G radiation is the cause of COVID are false.
This article cites two studies that support this claim.Co-author of First Told AAP Fact Check He was not a scientific paper, but a hypothetically unsubstantiated provocative editorial intended to stimulate discussion. The authors of the second study say there is no proven link between 5G and COVID.
There is no credible evidence to support the link.
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