Havana Syndrome

According to a new report of the National Academies of Science, the mysterious symptoms and neurological illnesses of US diplomats in Cuba was due to directed microwave pulses. The report reveals that the symptoms and their beginning were consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy.

Background

  • In the year 2016, U.S diplomats working in Havana, Cuba, started to develop mysterious symptoms like hearing a loud noise, ringing in ears, and pain in ears.
  • They also experienced odd physical sensations, vision problems, and cognitive difficulties among other symptoms.
  • In the following years, people working at the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China, reported similar symptoms. This was experienced in other countries also.
  • Due to its beginning in Havana, the name of the disease came to be known as “Havana Syndrome”.

What report Says?

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) asked a committee of medical and other experts to find scientific evidence explaining the probable causes of the disease as well as to provide recommendations for future investigation. The committee found that the symptoms are not related to other disorders. They took into consideration many causes like chemical exposures, radiofrequency energy, infectious diseases, and psychological issues.

The committee concluded that the symptoms are a result of pulsed radiofrequency (RF) energy.

The report did not conclude that the RF energy was due to deliberate attacks.  The report says the energy was “directed” and “pulsed,” meaning it was targeted and was not the result of ambient energy sources.

National Academies of Science

It is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars established in the year 1863. The society was set up to provide advice on matters related to science and technology. Later in the year 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and in the year 1970, the National Academy of Medicine was founded under the National Academies of Science.  All three organizations together are known as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Written by IAS POINT

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