5G is safe, according to the international watchdog's study

5G is safe, according to the international watchdog’s study

Expect that in 2020, the 5G network’s coverage will hopefully be widespread. There are already lots of available 5G-ready smartphones in the market now.

You can now find a 5G-compatible phone from high-end to low-end class.

Unfortunately, users still have limited access to the network because there are still not a lot of places where it is available.

But with this kind of technology comes the danger of radiation. Users have also that to think about and the illnesses that they might contract from it.

You did not think for a second that 5G is not safe, didn’t you?

To put yourselves at peace, an international watchdog has deemed the 5G network safe. So, with its ongoing rollout, you have nothing to think of but its promise of fast connection.

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Experts say that 5G is safe, does not cause cancer

Experts say that 5G is safe, does not cause cancer
Experts say that 5G is safe, does not cause cancer

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection or ICNIRP says that the 5G network is safe.

In an effort to modernize its guidelines, the commission issues updated exposure guidelines aimed at keeping pace with the ongoing 5G network rollout.

The first time since 1998 that the commission has updated these guidelines to protect consumers from radiation caused by smartphones and other modern devices, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

Fortunately, there is no evidence that suggests that 5G has a serious negative effect on human health. But the commission is implementing stricter restrictions.

During a press release this week, the ICNIRP discussed its guidelines to account for 5G, especially its use of frequencies above 6GHz.

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ICNIRP deemed 5G network to be safe
ICNIRP deemed 5G network to be safe

The commission found that the standards it developed in 1998 were conservative in a number of cases. Also, it said that those guidelines would still provide protection from electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) release from the devices.

“When we revised the guidelines, we looked at the adequacy of the ones we published in 1998. We found that the previous ones were conservative in most cases, and they’d still provide adequate protection for current technologies,” said ICNIRP Chairman Dr. Eric van Rongen.

“However, the new guidelines provide better and more detailed exposure guidance in particular for the higher frequency range, above 6GHz, which is of importance to 5G and future technologies using these higher frequencies.”

5G network’s widespread reach

Just to be clear:

The new restrictions will not affect 5G masts or cell towers. Instead, they focus on mobile devices. And take note that these stricter restrictions target 5G frequencies above 6GHz.

This means, these guidelines only really affect future devices that support mmWave.

New guidelines will affect future devices that support mmWave technology
New guidelines will affect future devices that support mmWave technology

According to the BBC, the GSMA said this will not affect any current 5G phones in the market right now. This is because they already fall in the new guidelines deem safe.

“We know parts of the community are concerned about the safety of 5G and we hope the updated guidelines will help put people at ease,” said van Rongen.

Here is a list among the updated guidelines for electromagnetic frequencies above 6GHz:

  • New restrictions on whole-body exposure.
  • New restrictions for brief (six minutes or less) exposure to small regions of the body.
  • Reducing the maximum exposure allowed over a small region of the body.

According to the ICNIRP, it came up with these guidelines by examining available scientific data, considering adverse effects on humans such as nerve stimulation and heat generation, determining exposure levels, and then recommending exposure restrictions with a large safety buffer to name a few.

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, with big events and conferences canceled/postponed, isn’t this a welcoming news?

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