To 5G Wireless or not to 5G?

Shannon McGough

Posted on June 30 2020

To 5G Wireless or not to 5G?

You’ve probably been hearing a lot in the news about 5G Wireless lately. Some people are saying that the Corona Virus can be linked to the rollout of 5G Wireless networks. Some of the areas that were hard hit with Covid-19 happen to also be places where 5G was concentrated in. As of January, 2020, thirty cities including New York City and Los Angeles had substantial 5G coverage. South Korea and China were the first to rollout 5G and have the infrastructure in place. These areas are among the hardest-hit by Covid-19.

So what exactly is 5G? Briefly, it is this.

5G is the fifth generation (thus, the “G” in 5G) of mobile wireless systems, the system in which mobile and stationary wireless devices send and receive data without being plugged into a wall in your home or office. 5G uses a higher-frequency band called millimeter wave. Just like earthquake measurements on the Richter Scale, each new iteration is exponentially stronger than that preceding it. 5G is many times stronger than 4G, 4G than 3G, etc. In order to carry these much larger bandwidths, 5G networks require many small antennas spaced closer together than previous wireless networks. Like radar, 5G uses triangulation to locate your cellphone. The 5G boxes are designed to send a beam to the cell location.

Apparently, 5G is needed to enable driverless cars, delivery drones, and drive technology forward. But at what cost to human beings? Workers installing these powerful antennas have experienced health problems similar to radiation exposure; even while wearing mandatory Hazmat protection clothing. Unlike traditional wire line workers, they must work in short on/off shifts to avoid burns. Then there is the Covid connection. Are these stronger carrying signals causing genetic mutation or damage on a cellular level? Many say yes.

To 5G or not to 5G? Perhaps the question we must ask ourselves is, are its benefits worth risking higher incidences of brain cancer and exposure to ever increasing levels of radiation. Is faster, stronger, necessarily better? You decide. Choose carefully.

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