Recently, the “5G causes Covid19” conspiracy theory has gained popularity. I’m a Radar Engineer with a masters degree in Telecommunication Engineering and a teaching qualification in high school physics!
**EDIT: Small note to new questions, most that are new I already answered before so look around in the threat
EDIT: Boy... this got way bigger than I expected. I've gotten a lot of good questions and I really tried to keep up but the questions came in faster than I could answer them and some have rightfully pointed out that I didn't answer with sufficient quality. Right now this thread is taking up way to much of my brainspace and my relationships with people today has suffered so I'm calling it quits for real.
I wanted to make a couple of statments before I take my break.
First, there absolutely are reasons and legitimate studies out there that raise concern about 5G an human health (not Covid19 but other effects). None of those studies show conclusive evidence that there are negative effects but there is enough noise being made that I personally believe that governments should invest a couple million dollars in high quality research to get good answers to these questions.
Also, some people have presented specific articles that I'm going to try to get back at. Maybe I'll respond to some of them in this post later on.
A lot of people asked how we should show how people believing in these conspiracies are stupid. I dont think we should. Especially if we ourselves have no expertise to build our believes on that 5G is harmless. It can very well be but if we don't know why we shouldnt ridicule others for worrying. We can however question people their believes and if their believes are unfounded, then that will present itself automatically.
I will not be responding to questions anymore. Thanks to all the people who have given gold or platinum. Lets please try to stay humble where we can. We don't want to divide humanity and push conspiracy theorists in a corner because that will just get them to ignore and doubt all of the common naratives, including the ones that advice on social distancing etc.
Thanks everybody and stay safe!
08/04/2020 22:23 +1 GMT
EDIT: Thank you all for your questions. This is getting larger than I can handle. I have had some intersting questions that I want to get back to. One about birds and bees dying and I had some links send to me. I'm going to add specific responses to them in this post for those interested. I can't respond to all the comments anymore but thanks for all the good questions!
EDIT: Apologies, I was drawn into an important meeting that I did not expect and was away for a while. I'm back to answer questions. (11:41 +1 GMT Amsterdam)
Now that partially due to London Real the claim that 5G is causing Covid19, its extremely important to protect ourselves with a healthy understanding of the world around us. Its easy to write these Conspiracy theories off as idiotic but its much more important to be able to counter false claims with factually correct counter arguments than ad-hominem.
Its true that I am not at all an expert on immunology or virology but I do a thing or two about telecommunication systems and I can imagine that some of you might have questions regarding these claims that are made in these videos.
I have a masters degree in Electrical Engineering where I specialized in Telecommunication Engineering (broadly speaking the study of how information can be transferred through the electromagnetic fields). I also have a qualification to teach physics at a high school level and have plenty of experience as a student assistant. I currently work at a company developing military radar systems where I work as an Antenna Engineer.
These notes are calculations that I was doing on finding matrix to calculate a discretized Curl of a magnetic or electric field on an unstructured grid for the implementation of Yee‘s algorithm, a time domain simulation technique for electromagnetic fields.
[Edit] Thanks for the coins!
[Edit] thanks a lot for the gold. This grew to much more than I expected so I hope I can answer all the questions you have!