Globe Bares Truth, Debunks Myths About 5G

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When a new wireless technology emerges, concerns, and false claims about whether it would be harmful to public health is nothing new. Now that the world prepares for the implementation of 5G, the same sets of questions remain: is it bad for the health?

Globe Bares Truth, Debunks Myths About 5G
Globe Bares Truth, Debunks Myths About 5G

According to the World Health Organization, there are no proven negative health risks when exposed to 5G, or any wireless technology.

“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.

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), an international body in charge of setting limits to radiation exposure, also confirmed this.

Based on the explanation of ICNIRP, 5G wireless technology utilizes beam-foaming technology in which radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) are “focused to the region where it is needed.” With this, exposure to 5G wouldn’t be spread throughout a large area, meaning, the frequency band isn’t shared between users.

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The WHO and ICNIRP, however, clarified that 5G won’t pose health risks as long as the exposure rate is limited in compliance with international guidelines.

Meanwhile, local experts also debunked false beliefs that cell sites cause cancer. According to the Department of Health Physicist IV, “cell sites do not cause adverse side effects” and are, therefore “harmless.”

Asserting this, the vice president of the Philippine Radiology Oncology Society Dr. Johanna Cañal also said that proximity to cell sites doesn’t cause 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,” Cañal said.

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