Winter 1969, a village in central Greece. The Hong Kong flu raged, and every day coffins filed by our front door on their way to the cemetery. My whole family had it, but I didn’t, so I went shopping. When I got back, the flu hit. I dropped to my knees. I barely made it to bed.
The Hong Kong flu was only a moderately virulent one: even so, it killed a lot of people. In fact, common flu kills a lot of people every year. According to Scientific American, it has already killed 10,000 people in the U.S. this year. That’s a lot more than have died from coronavirus (Covid-19), though the death rate from the latter is estimated at 2%. However, this may be a gross overestimate, since it includes the much higher initial death rate in China (it has since tapered off).
Leaving China aside for the moment, as of March 14, hard-hit Italy had 17,660 diagnosed cases of coronavirus and 1,266 deaths, a death rate of less than 10%, whereas Germany has had 6 deaths out of 3,059 cases and the U.S has had 41 deaths out of 17,660 cases. There are probably a lot more cases than have been diagnosed. So why is everyone panicking?
Is it the dramatic images of people dropping dead in Wuhan? Is it the extraordinary infection rate, or the fact that, unlike other viruses, Covid-19 is apparently able to live on inert surfaces for several days? Is the panic real or manufactured? Surely in the presence of a truly dangerous pathogen all flights would have been stopped at once? But they weren’t.
One thing about coronavirus that has captured much attention is the fact that it seems to be much more deadly in 5G areas. The excellent article by Paul Doyon, “The Emperor’s New Virus”* concludes that 5G will “greatly exacerbate the spread of coronavirus and greatly increase the lethality of the infections produced by it.” Wuhan, as well as Zhejiang and Guangdong, are 5G areas with huge numbers of 5G antennas (small cells) as well as 5G base stations; Doyon estimates that Wuhan alone has at least 10,000 5G antennas. South Korea, also hard-hit by coronavirus, has 75,000 5G antennas (a lot for a small country) and Italy also has 5G in many northern cities. There are reasons to believe Iran also has 5G.
Of course, 5G isn’t a single frequency, and it isn’t all millimeter-wave technology. Wuhan apparently uses 60 GHz, which has special properties and is millimeter waves, but generally speaking, 5G divides into two bands: low-to-medium, ranging from 600 MHz-6 GHz, and high, starting from 24 GHz. What all 5G has in common is the huge number of small cells that are needed to make this technology work: you need a small cell every 200 feet (about 70 meters) because the smaller waves don’t travel very far or penetrate very well. In the case where two or more companies serve a single area, that may mean each company is installing a small cell at these distances. And the more small cells, the more radiation we are exposed to.
The frequency used in Wuhan, 60 GHz, is unique in that 98% of the electromagnetic radiation is re-absorbed into the atmosphere we breathe, back into the oxygen, nitrogen, water and ozone molecules that make up air. Telecoms companies think this is good, because they can re-use the bandwidth. However, this may make it difficult for the body to absorb oxygen, and this may explain the horrifying images of people dropping dead suddenly in Wuhan. I have not heard of this happening anywhere else.
In any case, the fact remains that all electromagnetic radiation from mobile communications is bad, and that from 5G is worse, both because of the very high numbers of antennas and also because of the extremely high pulsation levels. Studies have shown, again and again, that EMR causes oxidative stress, free radical damage, and DNA damage. In the case of coronavirus, Doyon believes that “the replication of viral RNA is stimulated by oxidative stress” following exposure to EMR. This is not a healthy technology.
With coronavirus, pneumonia is the primary cause of death, and those most affected—most likely to die—are the very elderly, people with lung complications like emphysema, or those with severe diabetes. However, it would be a good idea to recognize the role that electromagnetic radiation from all wireless communications plays in promoting disease: not only does it weaken the immune system, but there is research showing that EMR can promote bacteriological growth and inhibit the efficacy of antivirals (antibiotics). So turn off your mobile phone, if you have one, and your walk-around phone, as well as any other wireless devices. Turn off the Wi-Fi. Like eating vegetables, it is in any case the healthy option.
If coronavirus is indeed exacerbated by 5G, what will be the impact of coronavirus on 5G? One thing’s for sure: nobody who has read Doyon’s article, or a version thereof, would want to touch 5G with a bargepole. But—and this is a big but—global stock markets just crashed. What will that mean for 5G? Are authorities going to say, “We’ve got people saying 5G makes coronavirus a lot more lethal, so we really shouldn’t proceed with this technology because people aren’t likely to buy the products?” Or are they going to say, “We need to get the economy going again, and 5G is just what we need to stimulate it?”
Coronavirus ought, in any sane world, to stop 5G dead in its tracks. But this isn’t a sane world, because in a sane world we wouldn’t be using wireless technologies and we wouldn’t be promoting 5G in the first place, far less making it “a strategic priority”. The stock market isn’t sane, and hasn’t been for years: it’s risen and risen on company share buybacks and monetary policy (that is, low, zero or negative interest rates so that there’s no point in saving and nowhere to invest except stocks) rather than reflecting a healthy economy where people have jobs and disposable incomes.
So, my guess is that, despite a possible link between coronavirus and 5G, they’re going to push ahead with 5G implementation. In fact, they may push harder. Which means we need to push back harder—a lot harder.
People panicking suits the authorities. It means people will stay home while telecoms goes about the business of installing 5G infrastructure instead of getting out there to demonstrate against this technology. It’s harder to organize resistance when everyone is scared, and virtually impossible when right of assembly is denied, as is happening in Greece right now. Public gatherings have just been outlawed—to protect us against the spread of the coronavirus, of course. Many public events have been cancelled in the U.S. and elsewhere for the same reason.
So what are you more scared of, coronavirus or 5G? Personally, I’m a lot more scared of 5G. A lot more scared.
*”The Emperor’s New Virus” at https://www.electricsense.com/5g-coronavirus