More Covid Questions, Tower Fires, a Medical Hypothesis, and Legitimate, Increasing Public Concern About Entrenched 1996 Safety “Guidelines”

Art by Flo Freshman

By Patricia Burke

“Since January 2020, Elsevier has created a COVID-19 resource centre with free information in English and Mandarin on the novel coronavirus COVID- 19. The COVID-19 resource centre is hosted on Elsevier Connect, the company’s public news and information website. Elsevier hereby grants permission to make all its COVID-19-related research that is available on the COVID-19 resource centre – including this research content – immediately available in PubMed Central and other publicly funded repositories, such as the WHO COVID database with rights for unrestricted research re-use and analyses in any form or by any means, with acknowledgement of the original source.”

About Covid Rashes

One focus of research reported on Elsevier and elsewhere has been the phenomenon of unusual skin rashes on the hands, feet, and torso, and tingling in the skin in covid and non-covid patients.

Here are four examples of recent skin studies:

1. Characterization of acute acral skin lesions in nonhospitalized patients: A case series of 132 patients during the COVID-19 outbreak Fernandez-Nieto2020CVNegativeSkinLesionsHltd.pdf (SPAIN)

2. Classification of the cutaneous manifestations of COVID-19:a rapid prospective nationwide consensus study in Spain with 375 cases (SPAIN)

3. Evaluation of Chilblains as a Manifestation of the COVID-19 Pandemic (BELGIUM)

4. Assessment of Acute Acral Lesions in a Case Series of Children and Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic (SPAIN)

The skin lesions have been described as painful, burning, and itching, for example, in the press, here:


Medical experts reporting skin reactions admit that they do not know everything there is to know about the skin rashes. From the Casas study, Spain: “….from our previous experience with cutaneous manifestations of viral diseases, that a single virus can lead to several different clinical patterns, especially as different patterns do not coexist in the same patient. Patients who may be classified as having more than one pattern are very uncommon. A hypothesis to explain this polymorphism maybe that some of them have alternative causes, or there are differences in the virus or the host.”

Covid Fizzing

Covid patients have also complained of a feeling of electrical sensations in their skin (“fizzing”).

For example, in media reports here:

and here:

Some patients are not only reporting skin sensations, but also more complex nerve and neurological symptoms.

For example, a report posted on Facebook: ·

One thing I noticed is that my fingers feel like they’re getting chemical burns when I use my touch screen or phone for longer than a few minutes at a time. I would honestly believe my skin was actually starting to blister, and I would constantly check my hands to find out everything was in tact and unharmed. I work from my computer, and I noticed that at the end of the day I would start getting severe stroke-like symptoms.

On the days I wasn’t using my computer much, I would be mostly fine.

My mom and aunt ordered those gun sensor thermometers, and I HATE THEM. I keep telling them to stop checking my temp with them because they feel like they’re burrowing a hole into my brain. It sets me off. They think I’m insane. I had let them check my baby a couple times with it, but now I’m terrified of it. I don’t want it anywhere near my baby’s head.

I notice when I’m able to take gentle walks with my baby, the closer I get to certain areas the more stroke-like symptoms I get. I was walking with my husband yesterday and I couldn’t finish my conversation. I started having severe nerve pain, walking diagonally, dim vision, severe headache, slurred speech.

We went to the shore and the only time I seem to feel well is in the morning on the beach, so sometimes I just go to the beach with my phone in airplane mode and sit in the sand for a while not touching any electronics. My brain and whole body feels like it’s buzzing all the time.

I do genuinely believe I’ve suffered severe nerve and vascular damage from this, and now I’m painfully sensitive to electronics. I can feel when electronics turn on in my house. My husband loves the air fryer, and I have to make sure I’m a safe distance away from it or I get awful headaches. I mean, I have way more going on than just this, but I notice my stroke-like symptoms only seem to happen or become more severe around electronics or EMFs. It’s a nightmare… honestly.

Protecting Human Rights

If covid-19 patients experience a decrease in symptoms when they are protected from electronics and/or microwave radiation, it is a human rights issue not unlike the societal response to the covid epidemic itself. These patients deserve the right to protect their health, especially when they are seeking to rest and heal in their own homes, because society has a responsibility to protect health vulnerable citizens.

This leads us down a much deeper rabbit hole.

Public utility commissions, utilities, local elected officials, career politicians, educators, industry, regulators, and the majority of health care providers have been discounting complaints and reports from members of the public that technology and wireless exposure is causing symptoms, whether sudden and acute, or cumulative, chronic and debilitating.

The non-listening has reached a feverish pace, including censorship, post-covid. How did this happen?

Should Telecommunications Policy Prohibit Health and Environmental Scrutiny?

One of the reasons why this practice of ignoring complaints continues is that decades ago, the military industrial complex erected a protective shield around the telecommunications industry.

In 1976, the United States Defense Intelligence Agency sent a document to other Western nations united in their suspicion of Russia, and Russia’s advanced science regarding health effects of radiation exposure. Over 40 years ago, Russia was emphasizing non-thermal impacts, meaning that heat was not involved as the mechanism of injury.

The Defense Intelligence Agency document read, in part:

…..if the more advanced nations of the West are strict in the enforcement of stringent exposure standards, there could be unfavourable effects on industrial output.”


Re; DST – 18105-076-76 March 1976 NB: DST-18105-074-76 and ST-CS-01-169-72 also refer to this phenomena, provided by U.K. military expert Barrie Trower in his document “Wifi – a Thalidomide in the Making – Who Cares?”

In 1976, in order to promote industrial output, the U.S. and other countries agreed to address only the thermal effects of radio frequency exposures. Despite a growing body of research indicating that the demarcation between thermal and non-thermal impacts for safety is inaccurate and causing tremendous harm to both human health and the environment, the practice continues to form the foundation of international policy, entrenched by industry-infiltrated collaborative groups including IEEE, ICNIRP, and COMAR.

Twenty years later, in 1996, section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed in the United States, further favoring the interests of the telecom industry, in this case to promote installation of cell towers.

According to Physicians for Safe Technology:

“The language was codified in Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act, which prohibits environmental concerns (or health concerns by purported lack of substantial evidence) as a reason for denial of cell towers. This is despite growing awareness and scientific confirmation of both environmental and health effects from exposure to cell tower radiation and all radiofrequency wireless devices.”


In 2020, twenty-four years following the Telecom Act of 1996, in part in response the extent of “digital divide” revealed by the pandemic, and in part to stimulate the economy, elected officials are rushing to forcefully accelerate the roll-out of the 5th generation of telecommunications infrastructure.

The FCC has recently passed legislation to accelerate the roll-out of 5G by dedicating more spectrum, speeding up review of applications, and updating its rules governing the attachment of new network equipment to utility poles in order to reduce cost and speed up the process for 5G backhaul deployment,” further overriding the rights of individuals and communities.

What About Those Tower Fires? The Ones Started by Conspiracy Theory Tin Foil Hat-Wearing Wackos?

In the wake of covid-19, concern about 5G is attributed to conspiracy theory, and vandalism and violence has been attributed to activists, without investigation and proof, resulting in wide-scale suppression of information, and censorship about everything pertaining to 5G. Individuals and groups are subject to dismissal, ridicule, and bullying.

The public and the media has taken care to separate reports of non-violent protesters from misbehavior on the part of agitators in the case of recent activism regarding race. But 5G opponents have been lumped into one group: conspiracy theorists inclined to property destruction and violence.


Regarding fires, consider that a May, 2019 industry report indicates that there are engineering challenges regarding heat. “5G Heats Up Base Stations, Inefficient conversion of RF to digital and continuous connectivity issues are causing thermal problems, threatening signal integrity and reliability.”

“What’s developed for base stations has to work seamlessly with handsets. They also have to be reliable enough to last for years, but the current technology is running too hot. And how that affects reliability and signal integrity isn’t clear because at that point now one is quite sure how the antenna arrays will be tested because there are no exposed leads. Those antennas are essential to form, steer and receive beams, both in the base station and in handsets and other mobile devices, including connected cars, health monitoring devices and even industrial equipment.“If you embed the antenna into the package, when the package heats up or cools down, that changes how the antennas work,” said Keith Schaub, vice president of business development for Advantest’s U.S. Applied Research & Technology unit. “That affects beam forming, beam steering, and it creates a power loss. It also affects the fabrication process, which needs to be tightly controlled.” ”


Fires reportedly started by conspiracy theorists resulted in blanket censorship of 5G communications, whether or not they were tied to covid -19. Widespread portrayal of engaged activism as “fake news” resulted in the termination of Facebook groups that never promoted violence or property destruction, and never claimed that the covid virus was being transmitted by 5G.

Unless and until reported fires are investigated by independent, non-industry experts, reports of arson attributed to 5G opponents should be questioned.

Alongside the surveillance capitalism identified by Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff, the lack of protection for expressing concern about 5G does not bother those promoting net neutrality. Because concern about 5G is so very dangerous.

This all points to several very clear concerns:

We do not know everything there is to know about skin and its role in health, immunity, illness, and disease, including but not limited to covid.

We do not know everything there is to know about human health and the interaction with electronic and wireless devices and exposures.

We are rolling out 5G under the assumption that it is of no consequence that the millimeter waves penetrate the skin, and we have not heeded previous reports of harm correlated with radio frequency exposure, pre-dating 5G.

Patients and the public, both covid and non-covid, have been complaining about adverse reactions and symptoms in the presence of electronic devices, proximal infrastructure, and radio frequencies. These complaints about adverse reactions to wireless in particular have not been recognized, quantified, or addressed by regulatory scrutiny or investigation by the dominant mainstream medical model or by industry regulators, for decades.

Elsevier offered a platform for covid. Before further wireless infrastructure is installed across the planet, a similar effort should be made to quantify reported harm from telecommunications infrastructure. The FCC should not and cannot be the decision-maker about the validity and implications of reported harm to Americans.

A science-based investigation would involve measuring exposures and symptoms, for example, the multitudes of individuals reporting pure-tone violations and/or data transmissions in the middle of the night that awaken individuals in their homes, interfering with sleep, which negatively impacts health overall.

Against the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the rashes on the fingers and toes of covid patients may be accentuating the source points and endpoints of the organ meridians of Oriental Medicine on the hands and feet, which are the electromagnetic pathways of the body.

But if we look to the existence of the meridians, it may bring us to the logical conclusion that the human body is electromagnetic in nature, that we vary by energetic constitution, which is not tied to genes, and that man-made radio frequencies are wreaking havoc on the world, and in fact, have suppressed our immunity and impaired our health as a species across all age groups, as well as that of other species.

Who decides whether we are allowed to look or ask?

When Pushing the River Becomes Pushing the Planet

If we admit that the technologies in use now and planned for the future are NOT protective of health and the environment, as has been quantified in many examples of “Late Lessons from Early Warnings,” we can redirect our efforts in favor of safer strategies, now.

Art by Flo Freshman

Perhaps never before in history have so many been involuntarily engaged in human experimentation without knowledge and consent, by the wireless industry in partnership with governments enthralled with data. Many European nations are noting the danger inherent in the concentration of power.

The ease by which the media has been able to portray the wireless industry as a victim of seemingly unjustified vandalism indicates the magnitude of the task before us, when so many citizens have experienced being bullied by the telecom industry.

We are on the verge of not only pushing the river, but pushing the planet beyond its capacity to accommodate human ambition, devoid of reverence and relationship with the frequencies that sustain life.

The justification of covid and the digital divide is quickly propelling humanity further toward dual-use technologies such as surveillance-enabled telecommunications that actual erode human rights, human health, and the environment.

Regarding the climate, the digital divide, carbon, or the race against China, or Russia, or whoever, or whatever flavor of justification for 5G underlies the next 5G-enabling legislation or mandate – only the nation(s) that allow citizen-informed science, and truth, and health, and environmental stewardship devoid of corruption, to lead, will flourish.

Majority leadership is already hanging over the edge of a cliff, except for some exceptional local elected officials. No nation can right itself without the active participation and/or opposition of its citizenry. Pick a side and grab a rope.

Art images: Flo Freshman

DISCLAIMER: Patricia Burke is not a health care provider, and no portion of this article should be construed as medical advice.

Patricia Burke works with activists across the country and internationally calling for new biologically-based microwave radio frequency exposure limits. .

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