5G, the next generation of wireless communication, has brought stellar changes to the world of digital communication.
With peak speeds taking a whopping leap from 4G's 10 Mbps to 10 - 20 Gbps and network latencies dropping from 30 ms to about 1 ms, 5G seems to be the digital era's dream-come-true. For the average Joe, 5G spells top-notch gaming speeds, unrealistically real-time video buffering, and a real-time connection between anything even remotely digital, a concept more popularly known as "Internet of Things" (IoT).
But as the old saying goes, everything comes at a price and 5G is no exception. As the popularity of 5G and its speed continues to make the news, a section of the society is questioning the health hazards of this new kid on the technology market. There's a lot of ambiguity surrounding this topic and lots of concerns need to be addressed. But before we answer the ultimate question surrounding 5G and public health safety, let us take a look at what 5G is capable of theoretically.
Word from Science.
We, humans, tend to alarm ourselves at the very mention of the word "radiation". However, it is important to note that not all radiation is harmful.
Radiation is basically the energy emitted from anything in this universe and the harmful effects of radiation largely depend on its type. Ionizing radiation, the ones emitted from X-rays and UV rays, are the harmful kind. They possess the tendency to break apart the atoms and distort the chemical bonds in DNA, leading to the development of tumors and cancers.
The second kinds, the non-ionizing radiations, don't produce enough energy to distort the human DNA and have been ruled out as potentially harmless in that regard. 5G's micrometer and millimeter RF radiations fall into this category. Hence theoretically, 5G is harmless to the human cell structure. But does that completely answer the ultimate question in all our minds?
The Dangers of 5G Radiation.
Is 5G radiation completely harmless then? If not, then how harmful is it?
Most of the researches and studies conducted on the subject of the health hazards of 5G radiations in the past decade have provided us with complicated conclusions and answers.
In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO)'s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency radiation as potentially 2B carcinogenic and linked them to certain specific types of brain tumors. However, that the IARC puts talcum powders and caffeine in the same category are reasons enough to take this information with a pinch of salt.
More recently, a decade long study published by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in 2018 demonstrated that male rats exposed to high levels of 2G and 3G radiofrequency radiations developed cancerous heart tumors. John Butcher, a senior scientist associated with this study has clarified that the levels and the duration of the exposure in the study were higher than the highest level of possible exposure in humans. Moreover, 2G and 3G differ in many aspects from 5G. Moreover, the American Cancer Society has concluded that most studies researching the adverse effects of cellular RF radiation have failed to link it with the development of tumors. Taking all these aspects into consideration, whether 5G has the same effect on the human body too demands extended research in this area.
Public safety governing bodies also deny any imminent danger to public health and safety. In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement saying that the current safety limits pertaining to cellphone radiofrequency exposure are acceptable for protecting public health. Even the FCC issues a statement that signals emitted by 5G wireless transmitters in locations accessible to the public are way below the RF exposure limits.
While such statements rule out fatal dangers, there are more palpable reasons to believe that 5G isn't exactly safe for the human body either.
5G operates on millimeter waves. These are waves with extremely large wavelengths and extremely small frequencies. In the current state of cellular signal infrastructure, this means that the moment you walk about a tree or drive behind a building, you will tend to lose 5G signals on your devices. In order to overcome such natural and manmade obstructions, base stations and cell towers will be planted at shorter distances, creating a ubiquitous atmosphere of RF signals all around us the entire time.
Dr. Joel Moskowitz, a public health professor at the University of California states that such ubiquitous millimeter waves could be reasons for problems of the skin, the eyes, and the nervous system. Since millimeter waves are much weaker than microwaves, the skin's pores will be able to absorb them more easily. Further, the capillaries and nerve endings in the skin’s epidermal layer can cause these radiations to bio-transmit themselves through molecular mechanisms to the nervous system. This is especially dangerous for the elderly, kids, and pregnant women.
An article about the hazards of 5G signals published in the Eluxe Magazine further state that millimeter waves are also known to compromise the human immune system and affect cellular growth over a period of time.
Tips to Protect Yourself from 5G Radiations.
The next question in line is driving pretty much everyone up the wall these days: What can you do to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the dangers of 5G radiation?
- Distance Yourself.
Keep phones, computers, routers, and other devices away from your body, especially when you're asleep. Limit the time you spend in proximity to these devices. Instead of carrying around the phone in your pocket, place it in your bag.
- Buy an EMF Measuring Device.
While this may seem like going overboard, it won't when those additional cellular towers come up in every nook and cranny. Buy an EMF measuring device and use it to identify the intensity and areas of high radiation near you. You can use this knowledge to plan where you spend your time during most hours and thus minimize your exposure to RF radiation.
- EMF Shields.
As the concerns surrounding the damage by the RF radiation to the human body escalate, many sellers in the market have come up with EMF Shields to be put up on digital devices. There are EMF cases for phones, routers, computers, and even televisions that claim to minimize the RF impact by up to 92%. While most of these might not be as effective as they promise to be, they nevertheless help you in minimizing the RF impact around you. Even we carry RF blocking products along those lines, albeit for an entirely different purpose (reducing oscillation or feedback, when exterior and interior antennas are too close to each other).
Keep Up With the 5G News.
5G continues to evolve every day and is one of the biggest news of this decade. The best way, hence, to protect yourself from the perils of 5G is to keep yourself updated and educated in this regard. Read about 5G as much as you can and look up ways suggested by doctors and experts on how you can minimize the health hazards associated with 5G under any situation.
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