Havana Syndrome is a series of convoluted and unexplained medical symptoms that were first reported by the U.S. and Canadian Embassy in Havana, Cuba, in 2016, along with the following countries. Recently, a CIA officer who visited India with CIA director Williams Burns reported similar Havana Syndrome symptoms. It has created a severe risk in India and several other countries. The bizarre has afflicted U.S. diplomats, spies, and government officials worldwide. In several cases, the diplomats and government officials have quit their services due to convolutions from the severity of the disease.
Symptoms associated with Havana Syndrome
Havana syndrome accompanies a variety of acute as well as chronic symptoms:
Acute symptoms involve:
• Pain in ears accompanied with loud sound;
• Loss of hearing and Tinnitus;
• Severe pressure or vibration in the head;
• Difficulty in concentrating;
• Memory loss or poor memory cases;
• Visual disorders, nausea, imbalance;
• Dizziness and vertigo cases;
• Unsteady gait.
Chronic Symptoms involve:
• Severe Headache;
• Impaired concentration;
• Loss of memory;
• Impaired balance.
Several Canadians and Americans residing in Havana reported similar symptoms involving headaches, dizziness, nausea, and difficulty in concentration. Most of them complained about hearing buzzing and high-echoed sounds before the illness. Similar issues were further reported in China in 2018, as did CIA officials performing duties in other countries during Russian covert operations. The Vice President of US, Kamala Harris was recently delayed for three hours during her visit to Hanoi, Vietnam when a U.S. official in Vietnam reported Havana syndrome symptoms.
Leading Theories Associated with the Cause of Havana Syndrome
Various investigators believed that the Havana Syndrome is an outcome of a sonic attack or audile weapon. Later on, it was reviewed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that the primary culprit is rather pulsed radiofrequency. The University of Pennsylvania reported the brain abnormalities while examining the brains of 40 people being affected by the Havana Syndrome. It resulted in severe speculation that Russia or other external powers is bringing a weapon into action or utilizing radio frequency surveillance technology against intelligence officials and diplomats worldwide.
CIA, in recent findings, reported that there is no foreign power associated with the Havana Syndrome as the agency has evaluated several cases. They have concluded that the significant reason behind the recurring medical condition is stress or other linked factors.
Director of National Intelligence Avril Hanes and Mr. Burns (CIA) has assessed that the incidents of Havana Syndrome tend to cause directed energy or acoustic weapons or devices. The report’s executive summary suggested that some rivals are deliberately harming the U.S. officials overseas.
Expert’s Opinion on the Cause of Havana Syndrome
The experts of National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have assessed that microwave energy primarily, directed radiofrequency energy, is likely to be the most tenable mechanism as reported in the cases, but there still remains speculation. The administration calls it “unexplained health incidents” (UHIs).
Various experts’ opinions have suggested that multiple devices have modest energy requirements capable of emitting pulsed electromagnetic energy. The machines are concealable and have the potency to deliver observed symptoms. The animation is effective over hundreds of meters or even transmit through walls.
Hysterical Neurosis in a Distinct Cultural Semblance
In the context of contrary findings and inconclusive studies, it is reported that the symptoms observed are usually encountered by general practitioners and neurologists in their day-to-day schedules. Every major American conflict showcase such symptoms where doctors have assessed the clusters of unexplained symptoms in soldiers who faced traumatic war. Even after several examinations, an organic cause was not identified. The presence of neurological symptoms variegates while reflecting recognized threat of wartime, be it shells of artillery, poisonous gas, or depleted uranium. It has also been envisaged that the fear and psychiatry accompanied due to wartime events give rise to such psychogenic illnesses.
A prominent feature associated with combating syndromes over the last few years is the occurrence of neurological illness or complaints from the over-satiated or overstimulated nervous system being misdiagnosed as brain damage. It is in connection to Havana Syndrome as the diplomats who became victims were the participants of the Cold War, residing in a militant foreign nation under continuous surveillance. Another victim was one of the embassy staffs, who soon started hearing the alarming news and stories of sonic attacks. New staff was constantly informed that they might become the victim, and they were played recordings of the buzzing sound confined by the employees. Most of the recordings were later identified as the mating calls of Anurogrylluscelerinictus and Gryllusassimilis. Thus, the entire Havana staff resided on stress for almost two years, considering rumours of an enigmatic sonic weapon.
Hysterical Neurosis posed a challenge for the practitioners, along with an array of controversies and confusions. Most of the doctors had already reported that sufferers might have had minor microscopic brain tears or haemorrhages, which were triggered due to blast waves during the great war. Still, on analysis, they concluded that the significant reason is traumatic stress and suggestibility. It could be a longstanding attribute and shear sign of psychological illness.
The U.S. and other countries have been vigorously investigating the reports of novel Havana Syndrome cases that have entered India. U.S. is tremendously investigating the issue as most US CIA officials are under its attack. They have formulated a task force to investigate Havana Syndrome. The National Academics analysis has shown that psychological issues and different ways of affecting people influence psychological and social factors. The symptoms of the Havana Syndrome had to be formulated from enormous evidence and should not be inferred purely by the absence of other causal mechanisms or lack of structural injuries.
During the assessment, the committee noted the possibility of stress-oriented psychological responses intended to trigger by potential threats. Further investigation is ruled out to define the factual findings as the Havana Syndrome is still a matter of worry and illusion. The scope of the given information has limited the ability of the researchers and committee to investigate social and psychological factors concerning Havana Syndrome.