Coronavirus vaccine conspiracy theorists mistake guitar pedal diagram for “5G chip”

The heavily detailed diagram of the alleged "chip" contains the words "bass", "treble" and "footswitch"

An alleged “5G chip” that a number of conspiracy theorists have claimed is being planted in coronavirus vaccinations has been emphatically debunked, with the widely shared image of the “chip” in question turning out to be a diagram from a popular guitar pedal.

This vaccine conspiracy theory appears to have originated in Italy, with the heavily detailed diagram of the alleged “chip” – which contains the words “bass”, “treble” and “footswitch” – being shared on social media.

As MusicTech reports, Redhat senior software engineer Mario Fusco moved to debunk the conspiracy theory on December 28, writing: “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,” he continued, before joking: “I believe that putting it in the Covid vaccine has been an excellent idea.”

You can see the diagram in question above, which is actually the electric circuit for the Boss Metal Zone pedal.

Boss have not commented on the conspiracy theory, although there were a number of humorous responses to Fusco’s tweet – including from one Twitter user who wrote: “These people with their conspiracy theories are so tiresome, it’s always ‘wah -wah-wah’.”


Yesterday (January 5) the UK government announced a new set of one-off financial grants to help support retail, hospitality and leisure businesses during the latest coronavirus lockdown

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