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How the 5G conspiracy makes COVID-19 fight harder

A conspiracy inspiring people to burn cell phone towers is deeply linked to the anti-vaccine movement, and it’s making the fight against COVID-19 even more challenging.
A string of cellphone towers have been set on fire this month in Quebec in Quebec. (Simon-Marc Charron/CBC)

A series of cell phone tower fires in Europe and Canada have been linked to a conspiracy theory about 5G networks and the coronavirus  — a theory that's been boosted by celebrities and politicians and that has deep ties to the anti-vaccine movement.

Today, CBC senior investigative reporter Katie Nicholson joins us to break down the conspiracies and talk about how they could have serious implications for the fight against COVID-19.