5G doesn’t cause COVID-19, but the rumor it does spread like a virus

Elaine Nsoesie, a Hariri Institute Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor in the BU School of Public Health, poses for a portrait. Nsoesie’s team found that the myth of “COVID-19 and 5G” spread faster than any of the other COVID-19 rumors they investigated.
Trends in searches for “coronavirus and 5G” from December 2019 to October 2020. The black vertical line indicates when the topic was listed as a myth on the WHO website (Nsoesie et al., 2020).
A downloadable infographic from the WHO “mythbusting” website on the relationship between 5G and COVID-19.
David Starobinski, a Professor at the BU College of Engineering, poses for a portrait. Starobinski, an expert on communication technologies, empathizes with people that fear 5G but assures that the technology should be safe to use.
Nina Cesare, a postdoctoral associate at the BU School of Public Health, poses for a portrait. Cesare thinks that institutional distrust led people to believe that 5G causes COVID-19.

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