Myths about the connection of wireless technologies to health risks have been existing ever since, so claims about how 5G might be a threat to human health and wellness aren’t really new.
In recent weeks, 5G have been the subject of such claims in different parts of the world including in the United States and in Europe.
As an advocate of technology and 5G, the latest wireless internet connectivity that promises faster speeds, higher bandwidth, and more stable internet connections compared to 4G, Globe quoted some of the trusted sources to address the said matter.
According to the World Health Organization, there are no proven detrimental health effects caused by 5G exposure or to any wireless technology up to date.
Even the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), an international governing body for radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF EMF) limits assures that 5G is safe.
Based on the norms set by ICNIRP, the standards being implemented in the United States and soon in Europe were improved further for added safety.
“We know parts of the community are concerned about the safety of 5G and we hope the updated guidelines will put people at ease,” said Dr. Eric van Rongen, chair of the ICNIRP.
The ICNIRP also explained that 5G wireless standard utilizes beam-foaming technology allowing RF EMF “to be focused to the region where it is needed.” This means that exposure is limited only to the area needed and will not be spread throughout a large space.
The WHO and the ICNIRP also noted that 5G won’t pose serious health implications as long as it adheres to international guidelines.
“Currently, exposure from 5G infrastructures at around 3.5 GHz is similar to that from existing mobile phone base stations. With the use of multiple beams from 5G antennas, exposure could be more variable as a function of location of the users and their usage,” the WHO explained.
In the local setting, Dr. Gladys R. Cabrera, Health Physicist IV of DOH, said that since 2001, the Health Department has maintained that no study so far has proven that cell sites cause cancer.
“Cell sites do not cause adverse side effects. It is harmless,” she explained.
Dr. Johanna Cañal, VP of the Philippine Radiology Oncology Society also supported this saying that proximity to cell sites doesn’t bring health risks.
“Texting while driving or walking will cause more harm than radiation from cell phone use or cell tower. So far, the science says, there is no evidence to say that cell phone use or a nearby cell tower causes cancer,” she said.
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