Telecom engineers are rightly designated key workers. The whole country, as well as our emergency services, are relying as never before on efficient communications. It is impressive how resilient the UK network has proved to be to date.
So reports that anti-5G campaigners have been harassing key workers and setting fire to base stations is shocking (Mast fire probe amid 5G coronavirus claims).
This goes far beyond the sharing of inaccurate information online about 5G, and could cause real harm. It also wastes the vital resources of our fire fighters in a time of national emergency.
There is absolutely no credible evidence of a link between 5G and coronavirus.
Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England, said today that telecommunication infrastructure was “critical both to the general population who are being asked to stay at home and to the healthcare response to the virus. I'm absolutely outraged and disgusted that people would be taking action against the infrastructure we need to tackle this emergency."
- UK5G supports this statement from Mobile UK
Mobile industry warns against the spread of baseless 5G Coronavirus (COVID-19) theories
- Full Fact research has made this statement also (5G is not accelerating the spread of the new coronavirus)
- We are also pleased that Ofcom has been taking action against media outlets spreading false information (Radio station sanctioned for misleading coronavirus interview)
UK5G maintains factual information on 5G and alleged health effects here
In the meantime, as part of the huge cross-government approach to tackling the challenges to improve connectivity, the DCMS is working with the telecoms industry and the technology supply chain to develop and implement a coordinated response. UK5G is supporting this, and would like to hear your views
Author: Robert Driver, UK5G Lead