5G Health Concerns: Is it being rolled out too quickly?

When we reach 2025, three quarters of the European population should have access to 5G. But is it being rolled out too quick? We look at the issues surrounding the technology...

By 2020, experts predict that one major city across every state in the EU will have a 5G mobile phone service in operation. When we reach 2025, 75% of the European population should have access to 5G.

On the one hand, the latest 5G mobile technology presents significant opportunities for consumers and companies alike. With 5G, we can discover the opportunities of smart cities, the Internet of Things, and more. What’s more, with faster and more reliable connectivity speeds, people should have no trouble streaming content and accessing critical connections from their smartphones.

The question is, are we so eager to have stronger networks, that we’re implementing 5G before the time is right? 5G health concerns are beginning to emerge in various parts of the world, pushing leaders to question the safety of a new era in connectivity.

Addressing 5G health risks in the UK

Just as the upgrade from 3G to 4G led to some concerns among people who believe that greater exposure to specific frequencies will harm human and animal health, similar interests are emerging in the era of 5G. Behind the scenes of the revolution, various environmental and human health groups are exploring the potential for 5G side effects to harm people exposed to the new services.

The radiation created by phone masts and mobile phones is a form of non-ionising radiation, which does not cause cell and DNA damage directly. However, this electromagnetic radiation in high densities can cause thermal damage and other issues that could be dangerous to us in the long-term.

As a result, many groups are calling for greater investigation into the risks and opportunities of 5G technology. More than 180 scientists across 36 countries recently submitted an appeal to the European Union, warning that 5G health concerns could be significant.

According to the appeal, possible outcomes could range from increased cellular stress, to increased free radicals, genetic damage, and greater cancer risk. Not only that, but organisms of all levels could be at risk according to the scientists – not just human beings. They say that the damage could extend to plant and animal life too.

The truth about 5G side effects

The Swiss Foundation for Research on Information Technology in Society recently began commenting on the possible 5G side effects that country leaders may need to be aware of. According to the co-founder and director of the foundation, Niels Kuster, the implementation of 5G will lead to much higher electromagnetic frequency bands than 3G or 4G.

According to the group, the current standards in place to protect people against damage caused by mobile networks aren’t enough to prevent thermal damage to the skin in a 5G world. They believe that the guidelines need to be revised accordingly to suit the needs of the new millimetre wave band.

Currently, there are very few studies into the millimetre wave range which can accurately assess 5G Health concerns and potential risks. Many groups believe that additional research is crucial to protect the communities across the globe today.

The effects of 5G on human health

At the moment, there isn’t a great deal of evidence to suggest that 5G would cause any significant or negative side effects to human health. However, the biggest concern for most people is that there also isn’t enough research to prove that 5G is safe either.

Currently, the assurances that 5G is a safe solution for mobile connectivity assume that smaller amounts of radiation are safe. Additionally, there is no information available on the effects of millimetre waves, which leaves scientists in the dark about what 5G can do to health. While some people supporting the 5G movement say that plenty of research has already been done into the impact that mobile frequencies have on people and other organisms, any new technology causes some anxiety in the community.

As 5G devices are still yet to be implemented on a wide scale, it’s challenging to conduct a lot of research at this time. However, the World Health Organisation has announced that exposure to radio waves is already an issue that has been researched over several decades. WHO has also claimed that once 5G is implemented in a broader basis, they will conduct additional studies into its potential health risks.

On the plus side, some rather worrying reports about the damage caused by 5G mobile networks is already being debunked. For instance, a story about 5G connectivity tests causing hundreds of birds to die in a short period in the Netherlands has been proved false.

We can only wait and see what reality 5G will bring.