Do 5G mobile networks - spread COVID-19? The government claims there is no connection between 5G and the spread of COVID and warns the public not to believe false claims.
The telecom department announced unequivocally on Monday that there is no connection between 5G technology and the spread of COVID, encouraging the public not to be fooled by inaccurate and misleading information spread on social media platforms.
According to an official statement, the assertion that 5G trials or networks are causing coronavirus in India is "fake" and without scientific backing.
Several false messages alleging that the testing of 5G cell towers is the cause of the second wave of coronavirus are being spread on various social media sites, according to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
""It is hereby declared that the general public does not believe myths and rumours about 5G technology and the distribution of COVID-19." Arguments linking 5G technology to the COVID-19 pandemic are baseless and scientifically unsupported.
It said that because 5G network testing has not yet begun anywhere in India, the assertion that 5G trials or networks are causing coronavirus in India is "baseless."
'Mobile towers generate radio frequencies not ionising at very low power and not harming living cells, including humans.'
"The Department-of-Transportation has prescribed Radio Frequency(RF) Field (i.e. Base Station Emissions) exposure limits that are ten times stricter than the appropriate limits set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and recommended by the WHO (World Health Organization)," it said.
The Department of Transportation said it has a well-structured mechanism in place to ensure that operators follow the specified norms.
"Any citizen concerned that a mobile tower emit a radio wave exceeding the department's safety limit may request EMC measurement/tests through the Tarang Sanchar Portal at https://tarangsanchar.gov.in/emfportal," the department says.
COAI, the industry association, expressed concern last week about misleading information and rumours linking 5G technology to the spread of COVID-19, and dismissed the unsubstantiated and unverified arguments.
The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) said it received several messages on social media sites blaming 5G spectrum trials for the rise in COVID-19 incidents.
"To be clear, the rumours are completely false. We strongly advise people not to believe such misinformation." COAI Director General SP Kochhar issued a statement last week.
Several countries have already deployed 5G networks, and people are easily using these services, according to COAI.
Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea are among the representatives of COAI, which has warned the public not to fall for fake messages in this regard.
The association has stated that telecom services are critical to the nation's survival, particularly in these difficult times.
"In reality, these networks help people stay healthy by allowing them to work from home, take online courses, use e-health, and consult with doctors online. Hundreds of millions of people rely on these networks to provide real-time data at critical times "COAI had made an excellent point.