After years in mobile industry with 5G I’ve recently started to be more cautious about health implications. For last 12 months I’m going through various studies and honestly it is difficult to come to any final conclusion. Some researchers claim that there is no evidence cell phones would increase risk of cancer, some argument with studies on rats, where radiation makes rats uniquely prone to a rare tumor called a schwannoma. As a technician it is hard to judge for me, but there are some basic facts, which I’ve noted down:
- to call only is not that bad, to use mobile for data is a completely different story
- non-ioinizing radiation maybe more harmful than it was thought
- studies reveal that the exposure to cell phones, laptops, or Wi-Fi affect sperm in their count, morphology, motility, an increased DNA damage
- we don’t have much evidence on mobile induced cancer when it comes to humans
- studies are mostly miles behind the current technological development
- distance matters – just a few centimeters can make a difference
As I said, I was strugeling a bit while reading through studies. A great summary on this has been published by Julia Belluz and Dylan Collins at Vox – A comprehensive guide to the messy, frustrating science of cellphones and health.
What would happen if the scientists would actually prove, that 5G can mean a serious risk to us? Many people are so adicted to Internet, that they are ok to pay by their own health anyway. Not talking about all those companies which invested so much into 5G and AR/VR.. Lets’ wait for some clear data and don’t keep cellphones in our pockets till then – just for sure.
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I assume there is a bit more data now. Maybe you can summarize the latest if you are still looking into this topic?
Surprisingly this article is still valid from greater part. I’d recommend to check a new GSMA 5G guideline, which summarizes practical points we have to consider in deployments
Click to access 5G-Implementation-Guideline-v2.0-July-2019.pdf
In my view – except the access network – the most important thing is IMS virtualization (aka cloud-native IMS).