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Airports are delaying 5G rollouts — but that does not vindicate the conspiracy theorists | Salon.com

By Matthew Rozsa
January 21, 2022

Among the more physically nonsensical conspiracy theories that have emerged from the pandemic is one that connects the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus — a physical object comprising of millions of atoms — with fifth-generation broadband cellular technology (5G) currently being implemented in the form of towers broadcasting radio waves (massless photons).

Despite having no basis in physics, the notion that the pandemic is somehow connected to 5G cellular networks has repeatedly gained traction on social media. Though such conspiracy theories are self-evidently absurd, any negative press about 5G implementation typically causes a resurgence in the confidence of the conspiracy theorists that there is something wicked about the cellular broadband system. Hence, such rumors swelled this week, after Verizon and AT&T announced on Tuesday that, in response to concerns that the 5G technology will interfere with the safety equipment that determines an airplane’s altitude, they would delay expanding the cellular service near specific airports.

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Source: Airports are delaying 5G rollouts — but that does not vindicate the conspiracy theorists | Salon.com

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