The TRUTH About 5G (Health Risks, Concerns, & Facts) – What YOU Need to Know (2020)

The reality is that the wireless industry is both powerful and growing. 5G has been around in the media a lot lately, and as a result, there is a lot of speculation around it. How does it work? Is it dangerous, and if so, how dangerous? How does it affect my children? Does it cause cancer, or COVID-19? It’s important to have questions and concerns when new technology comes out, and today we’ll be going over and answering these questions for you. So without further ado, let’s dive into it.

What is 5G?

5G is the newest form of cellular network connection. 5G simply means “Fifth Generation”, it’s predecessor being 4G. 5G has been around for a few years now, but major providers, such as Rogers, AT&T and Verizon, have begun rolling out their versions of the network. Although global availability for 5G is still some time away, certain cities and regions are getting a taste of 5G in 2020.
Phone providers and manufacturers are already preparing their devices for the 5G network. Samsung has already made their Galaxy S10, Galaxy Fold, and S20 compatible with the 5G network, and several companies (including LG, Huawei, and Motorola) have begun adapting their new devices as well.
Since 5G is the fifth generation of this standard, it is designed to be faster, and to outperform 4G. Not only will it speed up smartphone internet connections, but other IoT (Internet of Things) devices (like smart cars) will also be subject to the new network. That means you can expect that future smartphones you buy will have 5G instead of the current 4G LTE that is offered now. That being said, let’s move on to how fast 5G is expected to be.

How Fast Will 5G Be?

The last network upgrade of this standard was in 2009, and is known as 4G. The peak speed of 4G was advertised as 100Mbps (Megabits per second), and seems to perform at that level. Well, tech companies are certainly promising a lot from the 5G network. 5G will allegedly be 100 times faster than its predecessor, topping out at 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second).
Network latency (the delay time) is said to drop from 30ms to about 1ms (with a maximum latency of 4ms), which is ideal for video games, streaming, and IoT, which is anticipating 5G to connect sensors, computers, and other devices with ultra-low latency.
The Consumer Technology Association pointed out that if you were to download a 2-hour movie on 3G, it would take 26 hours. However, on 4G it would take 6 minutes, and on 5G, it would take a mere 3.6 seconds – just to put it in perspective as to how fast the new network really is.
5G will be most comparable to fibre internet cables, where 5G will pose serious competition since there’s no need to dig out an area to install a fibre cable. Not only will it be fast, but also very convenient.
The fast network could have some downsides. While it’s unclear how exactly 5G plans will be implemented, carriers typically impose caps to the network packages. So while you may be able to run 10Gbps, with a 100GB data cap, you could theoretically blow through it in a minute and 20 seconds. 100GB is larger than most plans offered today, but we’ll have to see how companies go about implementing 5G and data caps in their carrier plans.

When Will It Be Available?

Companies such as T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T have already begun rolling it out in some parts of the USA. Rogers has also begun to roll out 5G in downtown Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. Rogers says they expect to expand the 5G network to over 20 markets by the end of the year. Samsung’s S20 is the only device sold in Canada that is confirmed to work with Rogers 5G. So if you want to use 5G, you could even use it as of right now.
It is expected to arrive on Bell and Telus soon, and over the next two years, will be rolled out to cheaper and regional carriers. Fido, Koodo Mobile, and Virgin Mobile are all expected to carry 5G by late 2020. As for Freedom Mobile, SaskTel, or Videotron, they can be expected to roll out in 2021 or even later. Aside from Samsung S20, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G Dual Screen should also be compatible, but will need official support. If you’re an Apple fan, you may have to wait a little longer.
Although it hasn’t been made official, analysts predict iPhone models that are compatible will hit the market some time in 2021. Typically, Apple tends to wait a little longer when it comes to new technology. We can expect that Apple will most likely announce a 5G iPhone with their product lineup refresh later this year.

Is 5G a Cause for Concern?

EM Frequencies that are in the non-ionizing part of the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes all frequencies up to, and inclusion, visible light – cannot damage DNA or cells directly. There is no identified mechanism that would allow them to. That doesn’t mean 5G is necessarily “safe” but so far, there isn’t any cause for concern. There are still ongoing studies, scientists and researchers have overlooked things in the past, so something may come up. Although there are some studies that claim certain health risks, there isn’t quite enough sufficient evidence to say whether it’s truly harmful or coincidence.
“Well microwaves cook my chicken, so certainly, it must be dangerous” and while this is partly true, there are other factors that need to be taken under consideration. Microwaves put a kilowatt of power across a very short, contained distance. The material used to build microwaves is designed to keep that energy concentrated, bouncing around in that small, contained area, so it can reheat your chicken.
If the microwave didn’t have that design, and glass door, it wouldn’t actually be able to cook anything in the microwave. The inverse square law also applies, which states that the intensity of radiation drops exponentially the further it travels, so if you managed to override the safety procedure of your microwave and turn it on with the door open, the radiation would dissipate within a few meters. Nevertheless, we do not suggest you do this, as it can still cause some damage within close proximity.
The FCC permits that phone towers have an effective radiated power of up to 500 watts per channel, but the majority of towers operate at 100 watts per channel or less. So even directly from the source it’s operating at a tenth of the power of most microwaves.
As previously mentioned, just because there is no known mechanism for non-ionizing radiation to have a biological effect, that doesn’t quite mean there’s no effect or that it’s even necessarily safe.
A study was recently released about cell phone radio frequency radiation by the NTP (National Toxicology Program – an agency by the Department of Health and Human Services). Scientists found that high exposures to 3G RFR led to cancerous heart tumors, brain tumors, and tumors in the adrenal glands of male rats.
RealClearScience points out that the number of tumors detected were so small, that they could have occurred by chance. Either way, the level and duration of the RFR exposure were much more than any actual human would ever be exposed to. This just goes to show how hard it is to do such studies – it isn’t easy to isolate some factors to get realistic results.

Health Risks

Although there haven’t been any verified health risks, there is also a lack of proof showing that 5G is fully safe. In March of 2020, the European Parliament admitted that the “European Commission has not yet conducted studies on the potential health risks of the 5G technology.” The U.S. Congress has also seriously questioned the lack of independent research on 5G safety. There have been several studies that claim the following risk and effects of 5G:

  • Nausea
  • Hair loss
  • Swelling
  • Low energy
  • Appetite loss
  • Damage to the eyes (cataracts, retina) 
  • Immune system disruption
  • Metabolic disruption
  • Damage to sperm
  • Skin damage 
  • Bone marrow damage
  • Depression
  • Organs damage
  • Confusion
  • Collapse of insect populations, the base of food for birds and bats
  • Rise in bacterial resistance and bacterial shifts on skin and in ecosystems
  • Damage to plants and trees 
In 2011, WHO (World Health Organization) weighed in and classified RF Radiation as a Group 2B agent, meaning it is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” This caused people to be concerned and verified in their suspicion that RFR causes cancer. However, things like caffeine are also a Group 2B agent, therefore there should be as much concern around the consumption of caffeine as there is around 5G. “Possibly carcinogenic” means that there is a chance, although unlikely, that this agent will cause cancer.
Claims and studies show that 5G uses a much higher frequency (5G uses between 24 to 90 gigahertz frequency), compared to 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G using between 1 to 5 gigahertz frequency. Since 5G uses a higher frequency, that’s being used as proof that 5G is harmful, but the reality is 5G remains non-ionizing – so it provides no new health risks, as study shows so far.
Of course, scientists will continue to test new networks as technology evolves, as to ensure that the technology we use everyday doesn’t harm us. As the NTP study shows, research for radiation risks is difficult, and often inconclusive, meaning it can take a long time to make real progress or see legitimate results.
For now, everything we know about 5G networks shows that there’s no real reason to be alarmed, but although there are no immediate health effects observed, there’s no telling what long term effects will be, if there are any.

5G And Your Child: The Health Risks of 5G for Children

Although it’s been established that, for now, there are no real health effects or risks, with 5g, children may be exposed to RFR constantly. They will be exposed at home, at school, and even out in the street because of the 5G cell towers. Parents will no longer be able to control their child’s exposure because of the constant exposure everywhere they’ll go. The cumulative effect of electromagnetic radiation on children is of concern.
Children will now be exposed to EMF from a much younger age, in great amounts, which means they’ll have cumulative exposure levels never seen or tested before in humans when they reach adulthood. This raises concern because there’s been no way to study this effect or what the result will be, and at this point, there isn’t much that can be done to prevent it.
Only time will be able to truly tell how EMF and RFR will affect the future generations. Since EMF has been declared as a possible human carcinogen, there are suspicions of what it’s effect really is on cancer – in adults, that is.
Children are at greater risks than adults are when it comes to being exposed to any form of carcinogen. This is why when it comes to alcohol for example, there is a legal age at which people are allowed to consume it. That is because it takes a person’s immune system, as well as body and brain, 18 years to develop. Children and youth are more susceptible to carcinogens because their bodies, immune systems, and brains are still in development.
So realistically, it will be years before we can see how this new age of technology will affect children and youth.

5G and COVID-19

Although it may seem ridiculous to certain people that 5G could be linked with COVID-19, there’s definitely been conspiracies all over social media and articles written in attempts to prove this theory. That being said, we’ll jump straight to the point – 5G does not actually cause COVID-19, nor are they correlated in any way. COVID-19 is spread through various methods, but one of them is not EMF or cellular connections.
The rumor was allegedly started through a French conspiracy website called “Les Moutons Enragés” which loosely translates as “The Rabid Sheep.” The rumor has evolved and been spread through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and other social platforms.
There are independent articles trying to prove that 5G will cause COVID-19. Conspiracies have been around for hundreds of years, and conspiracies around EMF have been around for decades. We can’t tackle all the conspiracies, but the correlation between 5G and COVID-19 seems to be the most prominent one for now.
The release of 5G as well as the outbreak of COVID-19 hit the news in relatively close time frames, so many people have been concerned about this topic. This goes to prove that you can’t trust everything you see on the internet, and furthermore, you shouldn’t be concerned about being infected with COVID-19 if you see a 5G cell tower.

What Can You Do?

With the rollout of 5G, they’ll be able to deliver speeds that will change the game for many industries and bring numerous benefits to consumers, but that shouldn’t come to the cost of human health. There’s nothing wrong with being skeptical, and nothing wrong with being cautious, so if you’re still unsure or don’t quite trust 5G, here are some steps you can take to educate and protect yourself.

1. Learn About 5G and 5G Health Risks

Learning as much as you can about a topic you’re uncertain about is a great start, by reading this article, you’re already on the right path. Read about how 5G is being rolled out around you, how it affects areas it’s already rolled out in, and even what precautions other people have taken.
However, keep an eye out for misinformation. There are plenty of faked sources, and false reports – used to prove or disprove something to benefit a company or individual. You could do this by checking their sources, check official websites (such as WHO, or statements by the FCC and FDA), and check for bias. If an article or ‘research paper’ uses words that indicate bias, it’s likely to be untrustworthy and based on opinion rather than facts.

2. Contact and Inquire With Local Officials About 5G Health Risks

Contact local officials – like your mayor, city council, and your county council – to express your opinion and learn more about the status of 5G and its rollout in your area. In larger cities, it may be harder to reach these people, but generally, if it’s a question of public safety, they try to get back to you. You can ask them questions such as whether they believe it’s safe (and why), and how they’re implementing it so it’s safe for the locals.

3. Share What You Learn

If you feel like you’ve got sufficient information from local officials, you can pass this information on to friends, family and colleagues that it may concern. Try not to be pushy with the information, try to present it in a way that’s something along the lines of “I spoke with a city official about 5G and here’s what I learned.” You can also share what you learned from other official sources, but allow them to form their own opinions, and encourage them to do research as well. You can find discussion groups online and share what you’ve learned there as well.

4. Avoid 5G Products

If you think they’ll cause you or your family harm, or if you’re still uneasy with them, then limit the exposure by avoiding those products. You should be comfortable with the devices that are in your household, and if you don’t trust 5G even after research and talking to city officials, you can wait and see how it affects others around you who did purchase 5G related products.

5. Be Comfortable in Your Home

As previously mentioned, you should feel safe in your own home. So even if 5G is installed in your city, there are still certain measures and precautions you can take to avoid the EMF radiation and 5G.
Overall, the easiest thing, and first step, to decreasing your risk to EMF and 5G is to decrease your overall exposure. This means:
  • Minimize your use of EMF-emitting technology;
  • Maximize the distance between you and your technology when you do use it. 

There are very easy and convenient ways to actually achieve these goals. Here are three easy and simple ways you can do to limit your exposure – and they make a huge difference.

  • Turn off your wifi router at night.
  • Don’t sleep with your phone.
  • Don’t carry your phone in your pocket.
If you’re sleeping, you don’t really need wifi, so if you’re concerned about EMF, just turn it off – you’ll save money too. You also don’t need to have your phone with you all the time or sleep with it near you. Having it in a different room while you work or sleep will limit your exposure, and will also make you less tempted to check it for new notifications. These are healthy habits to adopt even if you aren’t worried about EMF or 5G. They’re completely free, and they’re effective in reducing your exposure to EMF.

6. Research EMF Shielding Products

Even with those habits, you can further your protection of EMF with EMF shielding products. There are router cages, phone and tablet cases, bags, laptop accessories and plenty of other products that can help you protect yourself from EMF.

Hopefully we managed to answer your questions surrounding 5G, and if you’re still concerned, hopefully you’ve found some of the methods to protect yourself useful. If there are any questions you have that we left unanswered, please feel free to ask us. If you found any of the strategies useful, let us know which one was your favorite. If you found this article useful, feel free to share it with friends and family, as well as on social media.


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