COVID 19 and the new generation 5G mobile phone network

Statement from the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy.

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There is no link between 5G and COVID-19. 5G does not cause COVID-19. It does not spread COVID-19. Nor does it increase the severity of COVID-19 or make people more susceptible to COVID-19.

The scientific evidence shows that wireless telecommunications, including 5G, do not weaken people’s immune systems and do not place us at higher risk of getting viruses such as COVID-19. You can find more information about this on the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency website.

Turning off your WiFi will not protect you from COVID-19. The best way you can protect yourself is to practise physical distancing and good hygiene, and to stay at home if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms.

These measures, along with downloading the COVIDSafe app, are our best defence against the virus as states and territories begin to ease some restrictions over the weeks ahead.

You can find more information about Australia’s health response to the pandemic on the Department of Health’s website.


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