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Will 5G radiation affect human health? Pros, cons and effects

Will 5G radiation affect human health? Pros, cons and effects

There's a lot of concern because we use the word radiation where we talk about 5g radiation that 5g uses is a different wavelength. It's not a wavelength that's called ionizing radiation. It can't disrupt your cells in the way that too much exposure to sunlight can if you want to stay healthy around radiation wear sunscreen.

The people banding it aren't necessarily connected to the evidence and their priorities are more reassuring their constituencies. If you're not very okay with the science it's understandable why you might be scared but getting to grips with the evidence and knowing that it doesn't harm you is a really important thing here.

Big tech companies already spy on us. If you have a mobile phone that you carry around that's effectively spying on you you use google maps, if you use android, even if you use apple applications and devices are already tracking you.

So 5g isn't going to bring anything additional to that party. We have already a lot of things in our environment that a man-made. So we have electricity pylons. We have wind turbines. We have buildings. We have street lamps. But this is in addition, to the built environment and obviously, anything new is going to feel quite jarring but I think we'll get used to it and I think we're not putting it in absolutely pristine places.


1. Infrastructure hurdles

The infrastructure needed for 5G is far more costly and difficult to install. It would require new towers supporting massive MIMO, additional base stations, and new devices supporting 5G technology. This process will be slow & introduced in a heterogeneous way in different regions due to the different regulations existing in each region.

2. Bulky and uncomfortable devices

The current LTE phones will obviously not support 5G because millimeter waves and the device which do support 5G needs more than one antenna. In practice, 5G-capable devices need 4-5 antennas and a 5G-capable modem like Qualcomm's X50, which would make the device bulky and uncomfortable to use.

3. The cost of 5G

The initial devices and data plans for 5G are going to be extremely costly. Even though, that is how it is for any new technology, with smartphones already costing close to a thousand dollars, increasing it further puts it out of reach for even premium users.

4. The environmental impact

This is a debated topic and there are research topics that prove it and disprove it. There are studies that show that there is a significant impact done by millimeter waves on the health of birds and other animals. It also talks about the ecological imbalance that 5G will bring.

5. The health issues caused by 5G

This is one of the most important and highly controversial & debated topic. Typically, those radio waves which have a frequency of around 70 million gear Hertz or more are called ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation have the power for knocking electrons from the human body thus causing DNA damage and eventually leading to cancer. The waves that are going to be used for 5G has a mere 60 GHz which would mean that it is a million times less powerful than ionizing radiation. That means if 5G waves cause cancer, so should visible light. But, none of these studies are conclusive, and as intelligent people would say, "Absence of evidence doesn't mean the evidence of absence"!

So will 5G affect our health?

The true answer is "We don't know yet"!


1. Speed

It is the most obvious one the speed. With 3G you will be able to download an average history movie in about 25 hours and with 4G it would be less than 10 minutes and finally with 5G in win less than 4 seconds. The theoretical maximum speed with 5G would be 20 Gigabits per second which is 20 times faster than Google Fiber!

So you will be able to burn your 3 GB of data plan within 8 seconds with that right.

2. The reduced latency

Perhaps more important than speed, 5G solves the problem of latency which is the delay between commands and responses from the server. This is also called response time and scientists are working on Low Earth Orbit satellites which are also called LEOs which can help us achieve this. 5G would have 50 times faster response time than 4G and this is particularly important not in smartphones but in connected machinery like self-driving cars. Even more important is in the health field where doctors can perform real-time surgeries because the latency is pretty low.

3. Efficient and uniform platform

With 5G bringing all devices together, it will be much easier to support and provide services. This would mean that the process would be extremely efficient and cost-effective.

4. Concentrated networks and personalized intranet

There can be a requirement for providing increased internet capacity as there can be a massive flux of people using the internet. With 5G, organizers can pay for increased bandwidth thereby improving people's online experience.

I hope you found this article useful and if you want a separate video covering health issues caused by 5G. 5G is pretty cool but can we solve the weak signals in a lot of areas along with that? Let me know down below in the comments.

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