The health concerns have become one of the biggest controversies in Africa today with a lot of people with no authority in the subject matter airing their views to the topic. This phenomenon isn’t entirely new, in the last decade, each generation of WiFi standard or Network standard, a new wave of fear-mongering health claims emerges.
My aim here is to analyse 5G technology and its health risk in the easiest possible way. Even as a network engineer, I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself an authority on the subject matter so i would be referring you to other publications which I recommend we all look into.
5G technology would operate in an electromagnetic spectrum known a Radio Spectrum which ranges from 3KHz to 300GHz. While 5G will utilize a regular frequency between 3GHz to 5GHz, 5G will also enable the use of millimetre waves which can go as high 29GHz to provide high-speed signals over short-distance.
IS RADIO FREQUENCY SAFE
The simple answer is a resounding Yes. In a blog post published by The American Council on Science and Health, Astrophysicist Dr Ethan Siegel explained that radio waves do not meet the three criteria which deem it dangerous to human health. The photons associated with the radio spectrum are too weak to break chemical bonds, which means they are not carcinogenic(having the potential to cause cancer).
The three criteria are
(1) the energy per photon, (2) the total amount of energy, and (3) the ability of the exposed object to absorb the radiation. The photons.
Based on the above criteria, the said “The photons associated with the radio spectrum are too weak to break chemical bonds, which means they cannot cause cancer. Likewise, the total amount of energy to which our bodies are exposed by radiofrequency radiation is low. And our bodies aren’t good at absorbing that radiation, anyway.”
“It doesn’t penetrate human skin,” Christopher M. Collins, a professor of radiology at New York University who studies the effect of high-frequency electromagnetic waves on humans told the New York Times.
In essence, Radiofrequency is too weak to cause any initiate effect to humans, if not we probably all have been seriously affected by radio waves ever since the inception of FM Radios.
SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED
A research carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2014 that “no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use”.
WHO together with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) still went on to classify all radiofrequency radiation as “possibly carcinogenic”.
Radio waves being possibly carcinogenic means you should be concerned but doesn’t mean we should exaggerate the situation because Alcohol, processed meat and sun rays are more carcinogenic than radio waves. If your body can survive the frequency from visible sunlight which is also possibly carcinogenic, then you should be fine with radio waves.
MYTHS WHICH YOU SHOULD DISREGARD
If you have ever tried to research on the dangers of 5G, there is a high chance you have come across the story of the Hundreds of birds dead during 5G experiment in The Hague.
This story is one of the biggest mythical 5G stories out on the internet and has since been debunked by a Snopes report which highly recommend we read.
As I said earlier, there is a good reason for us to be worried about radio waves and their effect on our health. So far there isn’t any sufficient research to prove its a health risk. I want to belive the world would need a lot more research on the subject matter, but until then, the society should rely on the full bona fide scientific evidence, rather than fear or conspiracy theories.