5G in the Time of Coronavirus – Can We Stand it?

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The international community, including scientists and various organizations, expressed their concern about the harmful effect of 5G on human health and the environment. A global outbreak of coronavirus has surpassed all other existential threats, including climate change and many others.

In addition to 4G networks that operate at low-frequencies below 6 GHz, 5G works at both low and high frequencies from 30 to 300 GHz. Extremely high frequencies are generated by the so-called millimeter waves (MMW) from 24 to 52 GHz. The pilot projects on the deployment of 5G began in 2019. It is estimated that 5G will generate $1.2 trillion by 2026.

Millions of new 5G base stations will be installed on Earth and 20,000 new satellites in space. The development of the Internet of Things on a global scale will require 200 billion transmitting objects by 2020 and one trillion objects several years later. This means that EMR from 5G will be tens to hundreds of times greater than total EMR from current 2G-4G networks.

Scientists against 5G

It has been a while since the International petition (2015) referring to over 10,000 scientific studies on the impact of EMFs on human health have been submitted to the United Nations and the World Health Organization and the world’s governments.

In the International Appeal “Stop 5G on Earth and Space” (2018), scientists from around the world express their concern about the negative health effects of EMFs.

In the 5G Appeal, they “urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful to humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.”

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Vodafone 5G site in Hattstedt, Germany. Photo by Fabian Horst/Wikimedia

The Effects of 5G on the Environment 

Leading studies conducted around the world have argued that EMF radiation may be related to cancer. In 2011, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

Not only humans but all living beings that exist on this planet will be affected by the harmful effect of MMWs.

Numerous studies have shown that RF radiation kills insects, changing their metabolism and causing mass migration. The EMR affects birds causing their migration and exodus.

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EMR had an adverse effect on the growth rate of trees after the 4G stations’ installation causing their damage and decline. Plants revealed abnormalities in development and shorter lifespan due to EMR.

EMR (the microwave and radiofrequency range) effect on wildlife and animals was an adverse health effect and decline of the population. Indeed, EMF treatment of mice affected prenatal development and led to a progressive decrease in the number of newborns.

The Effect of MMW Frequencies 

The biological effect of MMWs has been studied for decades and showed their potential dangerous effect. Low-intensity MMWs affect crucial processes such as cell cycle and proliferation and alter structural and functional properties of membranes.

Cellular water as the main acceptor of MMW radiation dissociates that leads to reactive oxygen radicals production.  The reactive oxygen radicals can damage DNA, cellular membranes and other cell compartments (Ramundo-Orlando, 2010).

What will be the effect of 5G when it is fully deployed on all living organisms? Is this not a dangerous experiment on humanity and all living organisms on Earth?

The bottom line with regard to the dangers of 5G radiation is that it is necessary to conduct additional studies of the health risks of 5G exposure.

5G installation during a coronavirus pandemic

Demonstrations and numerous petitions with a large number of signatures against 5G took place around the world. In response to major public concerns about 5G potential impacts on human health and the environment, several countries have enacted laws to limit exposure to radio waves.

In April 2019 Brussels decided to halt a pilot deployment of 4G LTE and 5G due to the city’s streakiest radiation regulations. France has introduced a law prohibiting nurseries from installing Wi-Fi to limit the effects of harmful EMF radiation on young children. Several cities in the USA banned the 5G antennas in residential areas.

 

However, the deployment of 5G has been already in the plan as a digital future of the Western world for its economic competitiveness, and its geopolitical positioning. This has been preceded by an aggressive campaign against China’s Huawei by the US administration and accelerated due to the rapid development of 5G technology in China.

The epidemic’s outbreak of a new coronavirus in early 2019 with the epicenter in Wuhan has changed the world. The new coronavirus COVID-19 has been announced by the World Health Organization as a pandemic. To fight the pandemic, many governments closed their borders and quarantined cities and entire countries.

In the pick of the pandemic, on March 23 the US government signed into law “The Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020” that “require the President to develop a strategy to ensure the security of next-generation mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the United States and to assist allies and strategic partners in maximizing the security of next-generation mobile telecommunications systems, infrastructure, and software, and for other purposes.”

Earlier this year, the EU issued a new guidance “5G Toolbox” as “an important component in strengthening its technological sovereignty and its array of defense mechanisms vis-à-vis China.”

Despite pressure from Washington, the EU limited to 35 percent and restricted from “core parts” Chinese telecommunications Huawei and ZTE as “high-risk 5G vendors” to ensure network security. Currently, Chinese providers play a dominant role in existing 3G/4G European infrastructure.

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Can 5G Roll-out Affect COVID-19 pandemic?

According to the World Health Organization, the flu kills 290,000 to 650,000 people per year. As to CDC estimates, as of mid-March, between 29,000 and 59,000 have died due to influenza illnesses. As of March 26, nearly 24,000 have died from COVD19 worldwide according to Johns Hopkins University‘s real-time tracker. They warn that coronavirus infection can become cyclical like the flu.

Knowing the harmful effects of 5G on human health, it can be assumed that 5G may exacerbate the negative effects of COVID-19. Now we must witness the unprecedented experiment on 5G and viral effects on the human body.

What do you think of these late events? How can we protect ourselves from both 5G and infectious diseases? How will these threats affect our lives? Please leave your comment below.

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