Towards a hyperconnected world, is 5G really safe for our health?
The objectives of reducing energy consumption as well as reducing greenhouse gases obviously involve a new energy model integrating the decentralized development of renewable energy.
So, in order to manage all these new flows, we are going to be assisted by the proliferation of intelligent connected objects which will necessarily increase the need for data flows and will undoubtedly involve the integration of 5G.
For example, compared to 4G, this will allow between 10 to 100 times more data rates. (10 Gbit / s)
“With 4G, an 800 MB film takes around 40 seconds to download; with 5G it would be reduced to a single second, “said ex-Prime Minister David Cameron in 2014.
Smartgrid, Smartcity, smart meters, home automation, heating remote control, smartphone, virtual reality headset, connected wristbands, professional sensors…
So many applications that will make 5G an essential link between the energy and economic model of tomorrow:
But what about the health risks of this fuel of the new hyperconnected world?
Exposure to electromagnetic fields is not a new phenomenon. However, scientists are worried about the permanent and universal increase in exposure to electromagnetic fields by wireless technologies and in particular the future 5G.
In France, we had serious concerns related to the deployment of Linky meters because of the risks that they could induce.
Several politicians have questioned the authorities in order to highlight the existence of potential health risks linked to the development of 5G.
As a result, within the European Commission, a request has been made in this direction, in particular by requesting the creation of a European working group of independent and impartial scientists on electromagnetic fields to examine health risks.
In response, the European Commission confered this responsibility on the Member states as defined in the Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
Basically, each Member state has to address the risks in accordance with its own standards and responsibilities.
What does WHO1 tell us about this?
On the basis of an extensive review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that, based on the current data, exposure to low-intensity electromagnetic fields does not confirm the existence of health effects.
However, IARC (the WHO’s cancer research agency) has classified these waves as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans.
Therefore, many scientists remain extremely worried about the arrival of 5G and a group of 180 scientists and doctors from different countries had asked for a moratorium on its deployment until “serious health and environmental impact studies have been carried out, prior to any placing on the market ”.
For the reason that, according to them, “5G will considerably increase exposure to electromagnetic radio frequency fields (RF-EMF) and will add to the electromagnetic fog already produced by 2 G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, etc., exposure”. Moreover, “RF-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment ” and is likely to increase the risk of cancer, cellular stress, structural and functional changes in the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, etc.
Thus, in the current context of health security, it would be much more prudent to apply the precautionary principle as provided by law, in order not to overlook the possible public health impacts that the arrival of the 5G can have.
WHO – World Health Organization
IARC – International Agency for Research on Cancer