5G does not pose risks to health, new study dismisses fears
A recent Deloitte study entitled “Technology, media and telecommunications 2021” notes that the fear of 5G is greatly underestimated
Over the past year, 5G has been a topic of discussion for different reasons. The system was also blamed during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic on the spread of coronavirus around the world, and some nations, such as the UK, saw people out of frustration vandalizing 5G towers.
Deloitte’s latest study entitled Technology, Media and Telecommunications 2021 notes that concerns over 5G are heavily overblown. “We predict that in 2021, it is very unlikely that the radiation from 5G mobile networks and 5G phones will affect the health of any single individual, be it a 5G user, a user of any other generation of mobile phones, or any individual in the vicinity of a mobile network but not actually using a mobile device,” the study says.
The study also states that, as a general perception, 5G causes cancer, and the second is that 5G radiation weakens the immune system, allowing COVID-19 to spread. It adds that, despite comprehensive scientific proof that mobile telephone technology has no adverse health consequences, in many developing economies 10 to 20 percent of adults erroneously associate 5G with a potential health threat.
“5G does generate radiation, but at very safe levels, and none of it is radioactive radiation. 5G base stations and phones, and the frequency ranges within which 5G operates, are very likely to be operating well within safe parameters in 2021 and throughout 5G’s lifetime which may extend to two decades,” notes the paper.
Even if 5G gets brickbats, for its health hazards the previous mobile technologies (2G, 3G, 4G) were also targeted. In addition, due to the propagation of radio waves, there were also questions about other wireless technology (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.). The tradition of undue criticism of emerging technology goes back to a time when people claimed that television sets had an impact on human health.
The Deloitte study notes in a little detail that the cell telephone transmission, like 5G, is considerably lower than light bulbs, TVs and radio towers, or even sunshine on a cloudy day.
“The power transferred from the use of mobile devices in 2021 and in a near future, according to the telecommunications era, will reach up to two watts. It can be up to a watt of 0.001 with the vast majority of equipment in use peaking at 1 watt this year. In contrast, the power transmitted from the use of CB [citizens’ range] radios over decades reaches up to 4 watts.
By nature, 5G is more powerful than all mobile technologies before. It guarantees not only higher speeds and low latency, but also less power than 4G or 3G and thus produces less power. “5G base stations also can be put into sleep mode when there are no active users (for example, at night). This capability is not available with 4G networks, which transmit control signals even when there are no users in range,” the report says.