Negative use of the power of social media has been blamed over the amplification of porous claims by uninformed individuals who said that Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Networks have links to Coronavirus.
This was the position of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) at the webinar tagged, 2020 Digital Rights Series on Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable hosted by ITREALMS in collaboration with DigitalSENSE Africa.
Chairman, ALTON, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, made this assertion in his paper entitled: 5G Versus Coronavirus: Reality or Fiction.
Adebayo, who was ably represented by the Head of Operations at ALTON, Mr. Gbolahan Owonuga, said that the supposed 5G Coronavirus connection came from ignorant people on the Internet trying to link things that were not at all connected.
“Unfortunately, the power of social media has only amplified some of these misguided comments,” he said. He quoted experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO) as saying that there is no dispute that animals are the source of COVID-19.
“Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans,” he buttressed.
On the safety of 5G technologies, ALTON maintained that the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) recently published its updated guidelines to provide improved protection for higher frequency ranges.
Also, the ALTON chief said that the new guidelines stipulated among others that time and body exposure restrictions, provide protection against all adverse health effects from exposure to electromagnetic frequencies, including for frequencies above 6 GHz, such as those emitted by 5G and future technologies.