5G: Why not be scared and what to do if you’re still scared?
with what is going on in the world right now and everyone seems to point fingers at 5G network being the cause for coroma virus. well, here are some few things you need to know.
Here they are:
1. Is it stupid to be afraid of 5G?
No, it’s normal to be afraid of a new technology you don’t know. For example, people were afraid when the massive use of electricity began. The Mercedes Museum will tell you how, at the dawn of cars, people were running away from them like a devil of incense, but they were not afraid of carts with horses. The difference now is that we have been using wireless technology for decades, and 5G is another such technology. But in addition to being entitled to fear, you also have the right to be informed. You don’t just have that right – you have to be aware of every new technology before you decide to take any action against its introduction.
2. 5G is everywhere and we can feel the effects of radiation
5G technology has not been widely used yet. How many people do you know who use 5G over their phones or tablets? Even though their numbers are not zero (as they probably are), they are certainly negligible compared to those using 4G, Wi-Fi, 2G or even Bluetooth. So by now you’re undergoing the same electromagnetic radiation you’ve been undergoing for decades, and 5G will use almost the same waves.
3. “But I read that … many people have 5G routers”
5G routers have nothing to do with 5G networks. In fact, the routers are 5GHz, which indicates the frequency at which they work. And although we will disappoint you, these routers have been on the market for over 20 years. Most likely, you have a transmitter with the same frequency of a laptop or phone.
4. Does 5G help in the spread of COVID-19?
This theory, alas, is at the level of the claim that the Earth is flat. However, to respond politely to such a statement, we must say that 5G is not widely used and has no chance of being at the root of the virus’s spread. If you want to blame technology for spreading the virus, the accusers are also the planes, cars and ships that have been carrying the virus-infected people around the world, but that won’t be very rational, will it? We can only say that if 5G were a fact anywhere from the beginning of the pandemic, working from home would have been much easier.
5. “The 5G cell will fry us!”
If you are worried about the broadcast that various wireless devices are transmitting, then we should disappoint you. The only exception is a situation where you decide to embrace a base station or put a Wi-Fi router under your pillow. The first is not so easy, because these cells are usually located in less accessible places, for many reasons other than the safety of your health. The truth is that if we are to compare the broadcasts, you are exposed to far stronger broadcasts from your own phone than from your nearest base station.
Description of the graphic: A simple illustration of the signal transmitted by mobile devices and base stations. Measures were deliberately not used to illustrate the difference in energy output. This ratio is not fixed and depends on many factors. However, this is for the general case. Keep in mind that the only people who are exposed to more serious radiation are those who work on the cells themselves, but scientists are adamant that even there, radiation is safe for them.
6. “Yes, but 5G uses new frequencies!”
Probably the so-called so-called millimeter waves such as 30 GHz and 60 GHz. It is true that these frequencies are new when considered only in the context of wireless communications (in the sense that they were not used before in 4G). But they are not new in principle. For example, there is currently a Wi-Fi standard called 802.11ad that uses 60GHz. At this frequency, the wireless router in your room broadcasts. Another example: Radars used by police to detect car speeds are clocked at 30GHz. For years, scientists have been working on studies of how these frequencies work, and there is currently no evidence of adverse effects.
7. “5G device is much more damaging than 4G or older”
If we can define the core mission of mobile devices, it is to carry as much information as possible while consuming the least amount of energy. This means that with the new network, devices will use much less energy to emit a signal. Older devices will have more radiation when compared to the new 5G devices that will hit the market. The reason? 5G devices do not have to emit such a strong signal because the base stations will be much closer to them.
8. “Does anyone ever check if 5G technology is safe?”
The people who build the networks are usually not experts in radiation or health risks. However, there are thousands of experts at their expense, whose sole job is to check the levels of radiation and how they affect the body. They monitor what are the indicators that are safe for animals and humans. Their work serves as a starting point in the development of the engineers subsequently. To understand the process, we will compare it with the construction of a road – one group of people is involved in the road, and another group of people sets the rules for the road, so that it is safe; a third group of people analyzes the cars and ensures their safety. The latest guidelines on electromagnetic radiation were published in March 2020 and there is no mention of the potential danger of 5G networks.
9. “Then how do you explain that some governments (such as Belgium) ban 5G?
There is only one way to answer this question – if you show me an official government decision document banning and explaining why a 5G network is banned, it will be interesting for scientists to read it. Specifically in the case of Belgium, this is again a misleading presentation of the information because the Minister for Telecommunications was misquoted. And the situation in the country is also specific – currently Belgium has 6 times more restrictive measures than many other EU countries in terms of mobile cell broadcasts. For comparison, these measures in Bulgaria are between 45 and 100 times more restrictive than those adopted in most countries in the world.
10. “You are developing 5G networks, so you are protecting them!”
No, in most cases, scientists who advocate for the network are not working to build it. We defend telecommunications technologies because we see how key they are today. Thanks to these networks, we are able to keep the rhythm of the public in a mass quarantine, like the one because of Covid-19. If there is clear evidence that electromagnetic radiation from 5G networks is harmful to human health, then we will return to development and invent new systems that will ensure the safety of everyone. I will make a parallel with the food and automotive industries – new and new safety standards are constantly being applied there. However, finding a problem with a car model doesn’t mean going back to horses, does it?
Finally, the truth is that we cannot predict with absolute accuracy the long-term effect of any new technology – from nutritional supplements, through medicines to wireless technologies. But according to state-of-the-art research and knowledge, 5G, Wi-Fi, and other commonly accepted wireless networks are not dangerous. This is also concluded in the opinion of the World Health Organization. However, I can tell you a definite harm that 5G can contribute to – it’s to write messages and surf the Internet while driving. That’s not what you should do if you’re scared of 5G.
Despite all the explanations given here, it is normal to fear and be uncertain about the supposed risk of broadcasting on 5G networks. But if so, then you should not only be afraid of 5G – stop using all wireless technology, discard your mobile phone, remove your Wi-Fi router at home, no longer use Bluetooth, use only an analog phone, but in access the internet only through cable.