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5G has been quite the buzzword in cellular network technology for the past few years. However, despite its gradual spread of use worldwide, there is a lot that we do not know yet about this technology. Due to that, several myths have arisen about 5G that has raised the concern of the public.
One of these myths is the health implications of 5G, which has hampered its acceptance as the new connectivity standard. This article aims to debunk these myths and to inform you what 5G is really all about.
What is 5G?
5G is the latest generation of cellular network technology which succeeded in 4G technology which has been in use since 2009. 5G is characterized by a much greater bandwidth which was initially thought to be able to provide up to 10 gigabits per second download speeds. However, practical applications how top speeds of just a little over 2 Gbps.
However, these speeds are still much faster as compared to the 100Mbps that the previous 4G technology is capable of providing. This is possible through the use of high-frequency radio waves that range from 600 MHz up to 39 GHz.
5G networks will use three different frequency bands, with one end providing slower speeds but the higher range and the other offering faster speeds but at the cost of shorter coverage. Guaranteed speeds are at 50 Mbps while the fastest 5G, utilizing millimetre waves or mmWaves, can theoretically deliver speeds of up to 50Gbps.
It should be noted, though, that not all countries will utilize all frequency bands due to the cost and practicality of using them. It is also important to note that many current devices such as mobile phones and tablets cannot utilize 5G frequencies, which is why new devices must be acquired to take advantage of this technology.
Myths About 5G
Aside from security concerns, one of the most cloying myths about 5G is its implications on long term health. Several conspiracy theories have pointed out that the use of 5G has been linked to the occurrence of cancers, specifically brain tumours.
Aside from cancer, some have also linked exposure to 5G frequency to increased risks of conditions such as autism, infertility, and neurological disorders. For these reasons, countries such as Belgium and Switzerland have made attempts to block the use of 5G in their area.
There have also been some reports of 5G triggering electromagnetic hypersensitivity which is characterized by a number of symptoms such as dizziness or allergic reactions when exposed to electromagnetic fields.
The reasoning behind these theories is due to the nature of 5G itself. 5G is a type of radiofrequency radiation, also known as RF radiation. This includes radio waves used for broadcast in radio stations as well as long and short-range transmissions, as well as gamma rays and X-rays.
Gamma rays, X-rays, and other types of RF radiation are known to damage cells and cause diseases such as cancer. By the process of association, 5G is lumped up into this group of radiation that causes health problems. This, however, has not been proven irrevocably by so-called experts who attempt to push forth these claims.
Facts About Radiation
While it is true that different types of radiation can negatively affect health, research shows that 5G is relatively safe for general use. At the very least, there have been no studies that clearly indicate that exposure to 5G can cause health complications further down the line.
Agencies such as the Food and Drug Association, the American Cancer Society, as well as the International Agency for Research on Cancer, among others, have published studies that prove that 5G signals – or any other cellular network technologies in use, for that matter – are safe when used under general conditions.
This is due to the nature of radio waves, which can either be ionizing or non-ionizing. Simply put, ionizing radiation is capable of changing DNA, and these can cause mutations that may eventually lead to cancer. 5G signals, however, are non-ionizing, which means that they do not pose a danger to humans unless exposed in extremely large quantities.
With that, some agencies such as the IARC have classified 5G as possibly carcinogenic. However, evidence supporting this is very limited, and this classification puts 5G in the same group as the following items:
- Aloe vera
- Grilled food
- Soaps and Shampoos
- Some Anti-fungal creams
- Sunflower seeds
As such, if you are using some of the abovementioned items, then you are at the same risk of contracting diseases such as cancer as using 5G. Needless to say that, based on this information, there is really nothing to worry about with 5G when it comes to your health.
How Safe are We from 5G?
Based on the above information, it can be said that humans are safe from 5G signals. However, some studies have shown that rats, when exposed to high doses of 2G and 3G for a prolonged period, developed tumours, specifically in the heart region.
This data, though, does not mean that 5G is dangerous, as the nature of these signals with 5G is quite different. In addition, the exposure made for the purpose of the study is impossible even with daily device use.
Despite this, authorities still recommend to limit the use of mobile devices, not only to minimize the health risks that this may cause, but also to prevent addiction to social media and use of mobile devices. Limiting the use of the Internet will also help in promoting good physical and mental health as it may encourage you to exercise and interact more with friends and family.
The research on the link between 5G and disease promotes that signals being emitted are at extremely low levels that the body will not be affected negatively. Nevertheless, control in the usage of 5G enabled devices, as well as all types of radiation-emitting equipment, be limited to ensure better overall health.