One of the theories attached to the COVID-19 pandemic, bizarre even by conspiracy-mongering standards, is that vaccine for the coronavirus disease would be used to secretly implant recipients with microchip tracking devices. This theory intersected with equally unfounded conspiracy theories about 5G broadband cellular networks in December 2020, when social media users circulated a graphic identified as a “COVID 5G Chip Diagram”:
[C]onspiracy theorists shared the schematic online, claiming it depicted the diagram for the supposed 5G chip. It features a section labelled “5G frequency” – clearly the source of many a theorist’s eureka moment – as well as terms guitarists will find familiar: “MT-2 Gain”, “Footswitch” among the most recognizable.
Mario Fusco, a senior software engineer at Redhat, spotted the misinformation and took to Twitter to flag it.
Here in Italy people started to share this figure claiming that this is the diagram of the 5G chip that has been inserted in the covid vaccine.
In reality it is the electric circuit of a guitar pedal and I believe that putting it in the covid vaccine has been an excellent idea💡 pic.twitter.com/qXKnv7VVly
— Mario Fusco 🇪🇺 (@mariofusco) December 28, 2020
The end product that incorporates the circuit shown in this schematic is unrelated to COVID-19, decidedly non-micro, and actually looks something like this: