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

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.

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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.

What Is 5G Technology and Is it Safe?

5G or 5th generation of cellular networks represents a next-generation wireless network. It’s a new version of cellular technology that can increase the speed of cell phones and other wireless devices.

5G networks began to be deployed in 2019 and are being introduced as a replacement for 4G. Therefore, there are differences between the two networks. What are the main differences?

5G vs 4G Frequency

The main difference between 4G and 5G is that 4G networks operate at low-frequency waves below 6 GHz. Therefore the receiving towers can be installed a few miles away and still work fine.

The 5G technology is used to send and receive very large amounts of data at superfast speeds by utilizing both low-band and high-band frequencies from 30 to 300 GHz. Higher frequencies are mainly generated by electromagnetic radiation called millimeter waves (MMW) from 24 to 52 GHz. MMWs can transmit large amounts of data over short distances.

5G frequencies also have greater directional accuracy. 4G receiving towers are currently operating, by shooting radio waves in different directions. 5G towers provide accurate beam data at a higher concentration and can potentially provide ultra-fast bandwidth for more than 1000 devices per square meter than 4G. Ultimately, they are more effective than 4G.

Is 5G Really Faster?

Using higher frequency radio waves means greater bandwidth speeds. This translates to internet speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G.

Therefore, instead of cell towers, as in the case of 4G, 5G towers should be located much closer to each other, since they operate at higher frequencies using shorter radio waves. 5G networks will use cells that will require an array of mini-cell receptors installed on almost every house to get the best coverage.

The speed of the mobile Internet, 100 times the current network speed, sounds great! However, there are concerns that 5G will bring more serious health problems, both due to the use of more powerful radiation and because of the increased number of receiving towers and mini-cell receptors needed for the network.

Cell Phone Radiation Effects on Human Health

All electronic devices create electromagnetic fields (EMFs) of radiation, which can be harmful to our health. Numerous studies have shown a link between EMF radiation and various health issues.

A study conducted in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the WHO, classified radiofrequency radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and labeled mobile devices as a Class 2B carcinogen. WHO recognized that more research was needed on the long-term intensive use of wireless devices.

The study of the US National Toxicology Program conducted for ten years and published in November 2018 found cancerous tumors in the heart, brain and adrenal gland of rodents exposed to high levels of radiofrequency radiation (2G and 3G frequencies). Similar results were obtained in a study at the Ramazzini Institute.

Numerous studies have reported an increased risk of developing brain tumors or statistically significant associations between cell phone use and cancer in humans.

The effects of EMF on the human body included the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disorders, impairments in the nervous system, eyesight,  infertility, miscarriage, mental problems associated with depression, anxiety and neurodegenerative disorders.

Studies of the EMF effect revealed critical changes in cell metabolism, changes in cell development, oxidative stress (free radicals), DNA damage, and an increase in the permeability of the blood-brain barrier.

However, international and national advisory institutions in different countries still consider these studies inconsistent and inconclusive.

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5G Health Risks

Most of the studies examined exposure to 2G and 3G network frequencies and their conclusions about links were very difficult to draw out.

Studies on 5G radiation have not been carried in detail, as with previous generations of radio frequencies. The lack of research on the long-term effects of low-frequency radiation is due to the fact that we haven’t been using them long enough.

The biological effect of MMWs has been studied for decades and showed their potentially dangerous effects. However, very few studies have examined the long-term effects of low-intensity MMWs.

Studies have shown that low-intensity MMWs may affect cell cycle and proliferation and alter structural and functional properties of membranes. Cellular water was the main acceptor of MMW radiation and when dissociated produced reactive oxygen species (ROS).  Moreover, MMW irradiation may affect DNA stability and density, and increase the permeability of lipid bilayer membranes (reviewed by Ramundo-Orlando, 2010). Obviously, more research is needed for a full understanding of the biological effects of low-intensity MMW radiation.

Opposition to 5G in Geneva
Opposition to 5G in Geneva. Credit: Wikimedia

The Effects of Radio Frequencies on Children 

Children may be even at a greater risk because their nervous systems are still developing and skulls are thinner than those of adults. Thus they are more vulnerable to the effects of the radiation emitted by the phones.

Importantly children and adolescents will likely have more years of cumulative exposure to radio frequencies from mobile phones than adults.

The EU-funded MOBI-Kids study is underway to examine risk factors for developing childhood brain tumors associated with exposure to radio frequencies and extremely low frequencies (ELF) from mobile phones in 14 countries around the world.

A Swedish study reported a 4-fold increased risk of a brain tumor in children who began to regularly use mobile phones and other wireless devices under the age of 20.

Other studies have shown negative effects of radio frequencies on children including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and asthma.

Children should be taught how to use cell phones in moderation, using them with wired earphones, and avoid putting them directly on their ear. They should be aware of the adverse effects of cell phones from prolonged exposure.

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Scientists Warn About 5G Dangers 

In 2015, EMF scientists from around the world signed a petition to the United Nations and the World Health Organization, in which they expressed their concern about the negative effects of EMF on health. The harmful effects of EMF on living organisms have been confirmed in over 10,000 studies.

In April 2018 the International Society of Doctors for the Environment signed the 5G Space Appeal calling to stop the deployment of 5G, including 5G from space satellites. Currently, nearly 200,000 signatories from 208 countries and territories have signed a petition.

The 5th generation of wireless technology will increase the level of radiation by 10 to100 times around the world, affecting everyone and everywhere.

This irresponsible act, which ignores numerous scientific studies about the harmful effects of EMFs, is considered “an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law”.

Tesla Developments for Sustainable Transportation

Tesla’s goal is to build the best electric cars and other clean products. Tesla’s mission is “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport.”

Tesla Motors’ journey began back in 2003. Since then, Tesla has created four powerful products – electric vehicles, which include Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y. Each of these products works very well in the market. Tesla is now expanding its automotive production with 8 programs for vehicles at various stages of development.

Tesla’s 8 vehicle programs are: Model S, Model X, Model 3, Model Y, Roadster next-gen, Minibus, Pickup truck, Semi.

Tesla Electric Cars

The company uses the Referral Program to encourage owners to purchase Tesla cars as well as solar panels or Solar Roof. Here are Tesla electric vehicles coming by the end of the decade:

Tesla Model S

This year will also be important for Model S and Model X. Both cars have long been in need of updating. Indeed, Tesla is constantly making changes to cars, but not in the way other manufacturers do.

This will be a significant update to the interior and technical specifications, which will allow Model S and Model X to increase their demand in the second half of the year.

Tesla Model 3

Obviously, 2018 was the year for Model 3, but Tesla will sell them even more in 2019. By the end of the year, production is expected to increase to 10 thousand cars per week.

Tesla may increase demand for the base version of Model 3 with a standard battery. This is a mid-size sedan that starts at $ 35,000, with a maximum charge of more than 215 miles per battery. Moreover, Tesla is planning to expand Model 3 markets in 2019 and plans to sell it in Europe and Asia.

Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y is an all-electric hybrid vehicle based on a third-age stage similar to Model 3. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said the entrance to the ‘Bird of Prey Wing’ office would look like a Model X vehicle.

In 2019, the presentation of the new crossover from Tesla Model Y was shown on March 15, 2019, as well as previous models, it can also be reserved. This was the first presentation since the last one, which took place in November 2017, at which the Semi and Roadster were shown.

Its production is expected to begin in mid-2020 at Gigafactory 1, however, all new details about the production will be disclosed at the presentation.

Tesla Pickup

Elon Musk spoke very clearly that the Tesla Pickup truck will be the company’s priority after Model Y, but third-generation vehicles, Model 3 and Model Y are currently needed.

Musk confirmed that Tesla will launch a pickup truck and that it should be created in the next 3-4 years (2019-2020). Tesla expected to build on the back an all-electric cargo van, which will be designed for his pickup truck. Musk recently said that Tesla may introduce a prototype pickup in 2019.

The last Tesla Cybertruck arrived in November this year. The Cybertruck has a futuristic design that combines a sports car and a medium-duty truck.

Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Minivan

The electric Minibus was a separate project and an important achievement for Tesla. Elon Musk claimed that the vehicle was based on the Model X chassis, which facilitates its generation. In his ‘Master Plan’, Musk called the vehicle a “High Passenger-Density Urban Transport Vehicle”.

Tesla Minibus is another promising vehicle at the main stages of development.

Tesla Semi

Tesla Semi is an all-electric heavy truck program developed by the previous Tesla Model S Director Jerome Guillen, Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Programs.

Here is the relevant part of the Master Plan: “In addition to consumer vehicles, two other types of electric vehicles are required: heavy trucks and high-density public transport, both of which are in the initial stages of development in Tesla and should be ready for opening next year. This Tesla CMS cargo will significantly reduce the cost of transportation, and security will increase, and he will really enjoy the operation. ”

Tesla plans to produce it this year. Even if production begins in 2019, we can expect extremely small batches. Musk mentioned the same timeline for the unveiling and production in their ‘Master Plan’: “6 to 9 months”, the concept of the unveiling, which should be in mid-2017.  It will be delivered within the next 3 to 4 years (2019-2020).

Tesla Semi
Tesla Semi

Tesla Bus Concept

Electric buses around the world will significantly reduce demand for diesel. According to a Bloomberg New Energy report, switching to electric vehicles at the early stage is driven by buses.

Tesla is undoubtedly a leader in innovation in the field of green technologies, so it was always expected that they would offer an environmentally friendly alternative to public buses that consume gas.

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Back in May 2017, Tesla CEO Elon Musk questioned the electric bus development project signed by Tesla. According to The Verge, Musk said the vehicle was under development to be presented by the end of 2017.

“I don’t know if the bus thing really makes sense in a shared and completely autonomous environment,” Musk answered the question about the project. “If it costs less than a bus ticket to use a shared autonomy fleet to go where you want, point to point, why don’t you just use it? So I don’t know”.

Musk then added that according to him traffic and urban density “can be completely lightened with tunnels”, referring to a bizarre project aimed at creating an underground tunnel system.

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Tesla Bus – The Motorhome

Tesla and Public Transport

The experience of Tesla Motors has become the springboard for Proterra’s electric bus business, which today is one of North America’s major brands with zero emissions tires. Other competitors are Canadians New Flyer and Chinese BYD.

Tesla’s CEO’s antipathy towards public transport is well known: “I think public transport is painful. It sucks. Why do you want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn’t leave where you want it to leave, doesn’t start where you want it to start, doesn’t end where you want it to end? And it doesn’t go all the time”, he said.

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Musk ruled out the production of a regular-sized real bus; the door remained open for a vehicle with 10 or 12 seats.

Musk’s preference for vans was confirmed in a tweet published by Musk in November 2018, in which he looks forward to a collaboration with Daimler (an early investor in Tesla shares) to produce an electric van.

In January 2019, Tesla CEO announced that the company has released all of its more than 200 patents for electric cars. “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport,” Musk wrote on Tesla’s website. “Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open-source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.”