Scientists Issue Warning Against Further Deployment of 5G Wireless
There is no question that we live in a culture addicted to wireless technology. Beyond our smartphones and laptops, even so-called smart appliances now depend on wi-fi and the accompanying electromagnetic radiation. And now with major telecommunications firms in the midst of rolling out the “fifth generation” of wireless technology (5G), there is mounting concern from the scientific community that we are underestimating the potential health hazards of continuing to increase our EM radiation exposure.
The Potential Health Hazards of 20 Billion New Wireless Connections
On September 13, a group of 180 scientists and medical professionals representing nearly three dozen countries sent an open letter to the European Commission, the governing body of the European Union. The scientists asked for a “moratorium” on further 5G deployment “until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry.” The scientists pointed to the Council of Europe’s 2011 resolution that said governments should “take all reasonable measures to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields, especially to radio frequencies from mobile phones, and particularly the exposure to children and young people who seem to be most at risk from head tumors.”
With respect to 5G, the scientists noted the technology is “effective only over short distance.” As anyone who currently struggles with home wi-fi knows, signals do not travel well through solid walls. So in addition to installing even more wireless antennas to boost 5G signals, the increased demand for Internet-enabled appliances and devices will create as many as 20 billion new wireless connections over the next few years.
Unfortunately, the scientists said there is already evidence that exposure to existing wireless devices has led to “harmful effects” on human health. According to one report, “long-term exposure to certain [electromagnetic fields] is a risk factor for diseases such as certain cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, and male infertility.” In addition, many people have exhibited symptoms of “electromagnetic hypersensitivity,” including depression, sleep problems, and chronic headaches.
In addition to a 5G moratorium, the scientists asked all EU member countries to “inform citizens, including teachers and physicians” about the health risks of cell phone exposure and to avoid using wireless technology–and favor “wired digital communication”–in sensitive areas such as daycare centers, schools, and hospitals.
Do You Need to Speak With a Cell Phone Cancer Lawyer?
Many people will dismiss health concerns over 5G. But keep in mind, we are only about a decade into the “smartphone” era. Even 20 years ago, people were not constantly carrying devices that exposed them to electromagnetic radiation fields. We are only now beginning to understand just how harmful these devices can be.
If you suspect that prolonged electromagnetic radiation exposure has harmed you or your family, the cell phone cancer attorneys at Frasier, Frasier & Hickman LLP can investigate your case and help you determine who may be responsible. Call us today at (918) 584-4724 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.