An insight into 5G: is it safe?
17th April 2020
What is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation cellular network, it will provide wireless connections faster than ever seen before. 5G will initially work in conjunction with 4G until it eventually evolves into its own standalone network. Since 1G was rolled out in 1979 and 5G in 2019, technology has sure made some advancements.
So, I know you’re wondering – what’s the difference between 4G and 5G? Well, with speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second, 5G is 100 times faster and more powerful than 4G.
What does this enable?
5G’s increased power and coverage will allow for much faster download and upload speeds. Streamed videos from your favourite apps such as Netflix will download in as little as 6 seconds compared to 4G’s 7 minutes, and they’ll be much less likely to stall or stop. Say goodbye to Kevin Bacon’s notorious ‘buffer-face’.
How does it work?
Much like the generations of cellular networks that have come before 5G, it’s signal will be carried by radio-waves. These radio-waves travel between small cells, towers, masts and dedicated in-building and home systems which carry the signal to our wireless devices. How these devices receive the signal is through emitting their own radio wave or electromagnetic frequency (EMF). There are currently 20 billion wireless devices connected to the web, and another 127 are connected every second. We have never been more surrounded by EMFs.
What makes 5G different from previous generations is that the radio-waves emitted are of a much higher frequency. This means they require more masts in a smaller amount of space. A much faster network requires enough power and electromagnetic radiation to match this.
What are the possible health risks?
In 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) categorized electromagnetic radiation as a class 2b carcinogen (possibly carcinogenic). This ranks EMFs amongst the ranks of lead and chloroform.
In an appeal to the European Union, more than 180 scientists from 36 countries warned about the dangers of 5G, urging for an independent task force to further investigate the health effects of the network. Here’s an excerpt from their appeal:
“We, the undersigned scientists, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry. 5G will substantially increase exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) on top of the 2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi etc. for telecommunications already in place. RF-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment.”
Dr.Pall, an internationally cited scientist known for his work in Electromagnetic Fields shared his concerns for the 5G roll-out in this letter. One of his main concerns was how low-level EMFs could have a high impact on the electrical system of the human body.
According to Dr.Pall, some of the health concerns that may arise from the implementation of 5G include; vision problems, infertility, nervous and immune system damage and thyroid issues.
What do I do now?
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