August 10, 2020

Is 5G Dangerous? Uncovering The Facts About High-Frequency mmWave Risks

By editor1

The fear of cellphone radiation has always been a topic of concern whenever a new standard of mobile network rolls out. This time also, with the introduction of 5G, the use of high-frequency radio waves has again brought into light the various conspiracies about the harmful effects of the mmWaves (millimeter waves) on the human body. One of the conspiracies even suggests that 5G can cause coronavirus. So, it’s time that we discuss the facts about the cellphone radiation risk and answer the question, Is 5G dangerous?

The articles about how 5G will change the world and make the idea of a fully connected world, a reality, are flooding the internet. With the ultra-high 5G speed, negligible 5G latency, and the massive connectivity, 5G technology will improve our daily lives. But, with a large number of people who appreciate the launch of 5G, there are several other groups of consumers who are concerned about the potential health hazards from 5G millimeter wave radiation. There are 5G conspiracy theorists out there who believe that the new-generation high-frequency radio airwaves used by 5G networks can have damaging effects on human beings:

  • DNA Damage,
  • Symptoms of cancer,
  • Oxidative damage that can trigger premature aging,
  • Disruption in cell metabolism,
  • And other damages relating to the generation of stress proteins.

All these effects put us in a worrisome situation and only one question comes in our mind, Is 5G Dangerous? So, let’s take a look at the actual science behind this. For any other question relating to cybersecurity updates, you can check Cyber News Box and My Cyber Pizza.

What Is The Concern Regarding Cellular Radio Airwaves?

The major concern that is affecting people is regarding the usage of high-frequency mmWave radiation. So, let us first understand what radiation actually means.

Radiation can be understood as the discharge of energy from any origin or source. Now, this is also relevant to say that the heat emitted by our body can also be considered as radiation. But, it is right to say that, some types of radiation can harm the human body.

For our understanding, let’s divide the type of radiations based on their power levels on the electromagnetic spectrum:

  • The Lower frequency has bigger wavelengths resulting in less energy and that’s why they are less harmful.
  • High-frequency has a smaller wavelength and contains more energy and that’s why they are more harmful.

Now, this electromagnetic spectrum can be categorized into two types of radiations:

  • Ionizing Radiation: It is short wavelength radiation that has got energy which can negatively affect the atoms by pulling them apart. It even has the capability that can break the chemical bond present in the DNA which results in cell damage leading to cancer. Such type of radiation is present in UV (ultraviolet) rays, x-rays, as well as gamma rays that can harm us. This is the reason why there are various skin cancer cases due to exposure to sunlight.
  • Non-Ionizing Radiation: It is the low frequency, bigger wavelength radiation that doesn’t have enough energy to break the chemical bond present in the DNA, and hence, they are not harmful and do not cause cancer. This radiation can be seen in radio frequency (RF) which is used in FM radio, signals of television, and the cellphone networks of 4G and 3G.

Is It Safe To Use 5G?

The millimeter-wave radiation which is the point of concern in the case of 5G is considered as non-ionizing which means it doesn’t produce enough energy to damage the cells. At high-exposure levels, non-ionizing radiation can cause burns or thermal damage, but the chances of that much high exposure are rare.

The use of a low band frequency of 600 MHz, mid-band frequency below 6 MHz, and even the high-band mmWave frequency which is being used in 5G is considered as non-ionizing. Although, there is not much research work done on the high-band frequencies until now.

Ethan Spiegal who is a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and a Forbes Senior Contributor says that if you hold a portable radio or boombox near you then it will emit more radiation of similar high-frequency than your 5G smartphone.

Jeffrey Shuren who is a director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health wrote to FCC that “The available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits.”

Does 5G Causes Coronavirus?

5G has nothing to do with coronavirus as coronavirus is spread through person-to-person contact and a virus can’t be transmitted through radio waves.

Final Words

The answer to the question, Is 5G dangerous? is that there are no specific facts found regarding the negative impact of 5G’s high-frequency on human health. The high exposure to any man-made technology can prove to be fatal for human beings. If we compare 5G vs 4G then the positive and negative effects of 5G on human health are almost the same.