Is 5G A Danger To Our Health?


There have always been debates regarding the wireless realm and its effects on a human’s everyday life. Since the spark of 5G approval broke out, many are questioning the compatibility of 5G with human health, especially with those near 5G towers. This article talks about the scientific evidence and its correlation with false claims put forth by controversies and discusses the facts about the same, falsifying the myths. 

What Is The EM Spectrum?

To understand the effects of 5G, one needs to know about the electromagnetic spectrum as it is one of the concrete arguments put forth in falsifying the claims. The Electromagnetic Spectrum of EM radiation has three primary categories long waves, visible spectrum, and short waves. The visible spectrum is the range in which the human eye can perceive color and is not harmful. The long wave includes radio, microwave, and infrared, which has a wide range of applications and is non-ionizing. Talking about the dangerous and cancerogenic side of the EM spectrum is the short waves, mainly UV rays, X-ray, gamma rays. 

Now that you know more about the EM spectrum, you can analyze the false claims yourselves and use logic to understand the problem. The one question that pops into your mind is whether there are pieces of evidence backing the claims. Well, you make absolute sense, but this is evident by the world-famous scientist Einstein-Planck. There is a relationship between energy and frequency and, i.e., E=hf, where h is Planck’s constant and E and f are energy and frequency. There isn’t much mathematical knowledge required to see that the higher the frequency, the higher the Energy; therefore, it is clear that long waves can be a “Cancer-Causing Torpedo.” The ultimatum here is that it is crystal clear from the discussion that the radio waves are safe as it has a frequency lower than the visible spectrum that we interact with regularly. 

Understanding 5G Technology And The Operational Frequency Of The Proposed 5G Network


5G, referred to as the fifth generation of broadband evolved from the existing 4G LTE network. Why do we need a 5G network? A 5G network will increase connectivity, meeting the increasing population’s demands by reducing latency, i.e., reducing connection time between devices, higher network speeds helping transition to machine learning ease, and cloud computing with its associated network. How is 5G different from 4G LTE? The only difference is the increased frequency. You might wonder does increased frequency mean harmful carcinogenic radiation, hold your horses as the presented instance will make sense to understand 5G. AT&T communications, Xfinity, Starlink (operated by SpaceX), and Verizon, have been the leading broadband services of the 5G network. The proposed bandwidth in which the broadband services will operate is 12Gz, 28GHz to 39Ghz, and 5GHz for Xfinity. A simple calculation using c = nλ proves that we get wavelengths ranging between 0.0076 m to 0.0599. When plotted on the EM spectrum lies in the radio waves range, which, as seen in the earlier discussion, is non-ionizing radiation and so is not cancerogenic. Therefore, it is evident that 5G or previously used broadband networks have minimal effect on the human body. 

Studies On Cell Phones And Its Effects On Human Health

Bill P. Curry qualified as a physicist studying the effects of microwave absorption in the brain tissue on behalf of Broward County. Dr. Curry visualized his data on a graph of tissue damage frequency. His results were alarming. That microwaves are demanding as the frequency increases mainly computer signals, generating concern in the people’s minds. Many failed to understand that his results did not take into account the shielding effect of our skin. Our skin protects our internal organs, keeping us safe and protecting us from harmful radiation entering our body. Prof. Christopher M. Collins of the New York University was later acknowledged by Dr. Marvin C. Ziskin (School of Medicine) for proving this fact. 


The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of WHO, has classified EMF or Electromagnetic Fields as a class 2B carcinogen due to lack of data of the surroundings and different skin types. There is no need to be alarmed by the claim simply because other than EMFs, we come across class 2B carcinogens in our daily lives. We also eat some. Some common examples are sausages, bacon, pepperoni, salted fish, red meats, hot beverages, and the list goes on and on. However, the baseline here is that exposure to class 2B carcinogen does not mean that brief exposure to it can cause cancer. The Federal Government’s National Toxicology Program (NTP) provided a case study stating that male rats subjected to Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) had developed tumors in the brain and adrenal gland. NTP’s senior scientist clarified that the exposure was not the same as what we get from our cell phones. In contrast, the rats had RMF all over their bodies. 

One needs to understand that as we explore greater heights, the risk involved is more significant. Today, as humankind’s everlasting progress in technology, exposure to EMFs will increase in the surroundings. It is therefore understandable that continuous exposure to EMF can cause health issues. The narrative, therefore, shifts to an individual and their daily usage of cell phones. The risks involved are always higher, but one needs to look at the overall scenario. 


What is the threshold at which the exposure becomes harmful? How does radiation affect different age groups? How different is 5G from the existing broadbands? Therefore, these questions will clear out the doubts that you face in accepting 5G and embracing the realm of wireless technology.