5G and Health Risks – Are They for Real?
The roll-out of the latest 5G technology in South Africa, the United States (US), South Korea, and few other countries, has already created a hype especially after the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic. False conspiracy theories started to ignite claiming that the radio waves used to transmit 5G either weakens the immune system or causes coronavirus.
Is 5G responsible for the Coronavirus pandemic?
Much research has already been conducted and revealed that there’s no link between 5G and the outspread of Coronavirus. While the latter spreads from person-to-person contact, there’s no such finding that proves viruses of any kind could transmit via radio waves.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States (US) also released a statement against such rumors and stated that 5G technology didn’t cause the outbreak of the coronavirus. The risk only occured when the devices like smartphones and televisions are contaminated.
Can 5G Cause Health Issues?
Most people’s concerns about the next-generation technology are similar to the concerns that came before about 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies in the past. So, a question arises; can radio waves really cause brain cancers, infertility, migraines, and other such illnesses?
To answer this, researchers and experts are sharing their latest findings from time to time. The experts say that while more study on the wavelengths used by 5G would be helpful, there is nothing so far that suggests 5G can cause any serious health risks.
A postdoctoral fellow from the Oregon State University, Subham Dasgupta, stated in one of his publications that 5G radiations are not as harmful as people are concerned. They researched at potential effects of 5G radiation on zebrafish models and found no link between the technology and the health.
5G Spectrum and Millimeter Wave (MMW) Technology
The spectrum for 5G technology consists of low-band 600MHz frequencies, mid-band spectrum in the 2.5GHz, 3.5GHz, and 3.7GHz-4.2GHz bands and high-band MMW frequencies. Experts suggest that as long as 5G is used on the same frequency bands that previous generations of wireless have used, people shouldn’t be concerned against health issues.
However, some telecom services providers like AT&T and Verizon, are targeting higher frequency bands for 5G. This is where most people are very concerned about the so-called “high band” spectrum because it’ll require denser radio deployments. Moreover, less research has been performed on the effects of radiation at these higher frequency bands.
Still, the experts believe that these high-band frequencies are non-ionizing radiations that don’t have enough energy to break apart DNA and directly cause changes to cells that could lead to cancer.
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Protection (ICNIRP) also performed an extensive review of all the relevant scientific literature and found no evidence of adverse effects on human health from mobile technology frequencies, including 5G if ICNIRP guidelines are followed by the telecom companies accordingly.
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Non-ionizing radiation is a series of energy waves composed of electric and magnetic fields traveling at the speed of light. These include the ultraviolet (UV), visible light, infrared (IR), microwave (MW), radio frequency (RF), and extremely low frequency (ELF) waves.