A nurse who believes in a bizarre conspiracy theory that 5G mobile phone technology is spreading coronavirus leads a dangerous movement that has seen its numbers multiply within weeks.
Naomi Cook, a leader of Australians for Safe Technology, claims she became an ‘unintentional, accidental 5G activist’ after her daughter developed a brain tumour.
Her conspiracy theory group went from having 8,000 Facebook members in late March, during the start of COVID-19 lockdowns, to 40,000 by mid-April.
The group’s social media page now has more than 48,000 followers, with many of them convinced electromagnetic radiation has caused coronavirus – a theory which the Australian government has completely debunked.
Naomi Cook, a leader of Australians for Safe Technology, became an ‘unintentional, accidental 5G activist’ after her daughter developed a brain tumour. She is addressing a rally at Sydney’s Hyde Park in May
In May, Ms Cook led a protest at Hyde Park in Sydney, with support from controversial TV chef Pete Evans.
Australian debunks 5G-COVID-19 link
Former chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy has said there is ‘absolutely no evidence’ linking 5G with coronavirus
In January, he released a statement highlighting how the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency and the World Health Organisation believed 5G was safe
‘There is no evidence telecommunication technologies, such as 5G, cause adverse health impacts,’ he said
Source: Department of Health
‘COVID-19 has caused an explosion in public awareness. Rather than meekly hunkering down, under house arrest, men and women have taken to their computers and begun to ask questions, many of them for the first time,’ she told the crowd.
‘If you are not currently working to stop 5G, this means you don’t understand it.
‘Nothing else matters anymore.’
Three weeks before that protest Australia’s then chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy, who is now secretary of the federal Department of Health, said there was ‘absolutely no evidence’ to link 5G wireless mobile technology with COVID-19.
In video uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday morning, Ms Cook said she become an activist after her eldest daughter Hana, who is now 12, developed a giant brain tumour when she was five.
‘This led to catastrophic health fallout and put me on a journey as a registered nurse,’ she said.
‘When her brain tumour grew back, I needed to rethink our living situation.
‘We were living in a high-rise apartment in Bondi Junction surrounded by hundreds of WiFi devices and I hadn’t gone down the road of looking at the science behind the biological interaction that we have with electro-magnetic radiation but intuitively to me it felt, perhaps this isn’t a good idea.’
In video uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday morning, Ms Cook said she become an activist after her eldest daughter Hana, who is now 12, developed a giant brain tumour when she was five
In her Facebook video, she denied being crazy.
Controversial TV chef Pete Evans has supported the anti-5G rallies
‘We’re not crazy nutters, tin foil hatters, sitting behind our computers doing this for fun,’ she said.
Ms Cook said creating a political party would be the next step for her anti-5G movement, which is also associated with anti-vaccination groups.
‘Our movement is growing all the time,’ she told the ABC’s Four Corners program.
‘So as our movement grows, having a political party almost creates a platform that may be conducive to bringing about change.
‘So from that perspective, I think it’s a very valid way to tackle the 5G problem.’
She denied inflating crowd numbers at the Sydney rally with anti-vaccination campaigners.
‘No, that’s so sad. These were separate groups each with very important issues that they were passionate about.’
Ms Cook told the ABC’s Four Corners program creating a political party would be the next step for her anti-5G movement, which is also associated with anti-vaccination groups