Wireless and Human Health
The history of cellular health concerns can be traced back to the early days of mobile phone usage, when concerns were raised about the potential health effects of the radiofrequency (RF) energy emitted by mobile phones. Studies focused on the potential for RF energy to cause cancer or other health problems, but now with decades of data to study and billions of people using mobile phones, the initial concerns have been largely put to rest.
5G networks have also raised concerns about potential health effects, as they emit radiofrequency (RF) energy similar to previous generations of cellular networks. These concerns stem from the fact that 5G networks use higher frequency bands, such as millimeter wave (mmWave) bands, which have a higher energy level compared to lower frequency bands used in previous generations.
However, it’s important to note that the levels of RF energy emitted by 5G networks are well below the levels established by international guidelines for safe exposure, such as those set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). Studies have also shown that 5G networks emit lower levels of RF energy than previous generations of cellular networks, as the higher frequency bands used in 5G networks have a limited range and are absorbed by buildings, foliage, and other obstacles.
It’s also worth noting that the scientific evidence to date does not support the idea that 5G technology poses a greater risk to human health than previous cellular network technologies. The WHO states that there is currently no evidence that 5G technology poses a risk to human health, and the organization continues to monitor research in this area.
Understanding the Science
The frequency of cellular networks, including 5G, is in the range of 600 MHz to 90 GHz, while the frequency of light is around 400 to 800 THz. By comparison, 5G frequency is much lower than the frequency of light.
There are certain frequencies that are considered dangerous to human health. These frequencies include ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and gamma rays, which can cause damage to DNA and other cellular components. However, it is worth noting that these frequencies are all higher than light. Light and frequencies lower than light, such as 5G, are non-ionizing.
Another important organization for mobile is the GSMA (originally Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) – an organization that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. It set the standards for mobile communications such as GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), which began in the 2G era.