Electromagnetic waves can cause tissue damage and harm human organs. Does 5G emit more waves than older wireless technology?

Electromagnetism can cause tissue damage to the cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, and central nervous systems.

Electromagnetism can cause tissue damage to the cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, and central nervous systems. 
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What Is the Concern?

To better illustrate the confusion surrounding the issue of 5G safety, let’s consider a hypothetical situation. Here, a news reporter investigates the issue, looking for answers.

Editor:  Julie, please come in. I have a project for you.  The new 5G cell phones are coming and I want to know if they are safer than the older phones. Also, how much electromagnetism (EMF) do they give off and does it affect our bodies? 

First, I’d like you to visit our librarian, Marion. She has prepared an overview for you. Then, I’d like you to speak with a physics professor to be sure the information is accurate. 

Julie:  Color me gone!

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Making Sense of EMF

Electromagnetism can cause tissue damage to the cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, and central nervous systems.

Electromagnetism can cause tissue damage to the cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, and central nervous systems. 
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Marion:  Hello Julie.

Julie:  Hi, thanks for seeing me.

Marion:  First, you should know that cell phones give off heat and electromagnetic energy.  These are not ionizing waves, as with radiation, but they do affect biological systems, including you and I. 

You are looking at the shortwave part of the electromagnetic spectrum.  Shortwave therapy can be used for:

Digging Deeper

Those are the benefits. Now, let’s look at the dangers of shortwave electromagnetism.  It negatively affects the following systems:

O.K., Julie. You now have an overview on the effects of shortwave electromagnetic energy.  Now, go to your academic source and find out if the replacement of 4G phones with 5G will be more or less problematic as far as our health is concerned.

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Getting Closer

Electromagnetism can cause tissue damage to the cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, and central nervous systems.

Electromagnetism can cause tissue damage to the cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, and central nervous systems. Photo by Photo Credit: Tra Nguyn on unsplash.com

Julie:  Professor, thank you for agreeing to see me and help with my news story.  I have just been briefed on the positive and negative effects of electromagnetism on humans. 

The story is an evolving one.  Currently, most cell phone users have 4G or earlier models, but 5G is right around the corner.  My question is: will 5G be more or less harmful to the cellphone user than 4G?

Expert Opinion

Professor:  Not so fast.  I have two surprises for you and your story.  Yes, this is an evolving story.  It is being slowed a bit because 5G has an increased bandwidth.  The bandwidth is in three forms.

Low band (below 1GHz) can go through buildings and people, like 4G.

The industry is looking at the mid- and high-spectrum bands.  When the spectrum increases beyond 1GHz, the amount of data transmitted increases.  So that is good news for humans and radiation, but bad news for businesses, because it does not travel very far. This means more towers are needed and that, of course, means increased costs.

Julie:  You have simplified a lot of data, but just so I have this straight: you think—from a biological standpoint—that 5G broadcast at medium-to-high is a good thing as compared to 4G?

Professor:  We don’t get paid for one-word answers, but yes.

Julie: Clever, but you said there is more.  This is beginning to sound like a TV commercial, “wait there is more!”

To Be Continued…?

Electromagnetism can cause tissue damage to the cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, and central nervous systems.

Electromagnetism can cause tissue damage to the cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, and central nervous systems.
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Professor:  You are right. There is a lot more and you will find out when Apple makes its big announcement about Apple-Fi, which is a high-speed internet service. 

This new system will beam directly from a satellite to your device.  There will be no need for Wi-fi, towers, or 5G.  Think about that!  There is going to be a sea change in the industry.  Your question about electromagnetic energy will have to be rephrased and re-examined.

Julie: If the 5G cell phones are produced, they will give off the same electromagnetic energy—or less—than previous models.  However, they may be short-lived, as the new Apple-Fi system will transform the internet!