The introduction of the 5G network which is the fifth generation of wireless networks has spawned a lot of online fables including an unverified myth and inexplicable conspiracy theory which opines that the
‘Rollout of faster 5G internet is either causing or accelerating the spread of the coronavirus’.
Even celebrities and clerics are not left out, some amplified the fast-spreading legend propagated by some anti-5G groups. This, in turn, has further dampened mitigating efforts set in place by governments, philanthropists and corporate organizations to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
In March, actor Woody Harrelson shared a post on Instagram implying the new 5G network might be exacerbating the pandemic. This bizarre corona conspiracy theory has instigated confusion and even led to an arsonist attack on a 5G mast in the UK.
If you have any doubt about chunks of halfwit information spread around on social media by rumor mongers, today’s post throws more light on the coincidental occurrence of the novel coronavirus pandemic alongside the emerging 5G communications technology.
First off, the coronavirus conspiracy theory is unsubstantiated, unverified and the arson attack was primitive, uncalled-for and has no place in the face of what we are facing today. How could it be? These theories don’t negate the fact that the coronavirus is a threat to the survival of the world.
The COVID-19 virus is taking a toll on Iran, yet Iran has no 5G network implemented in its cities. On the contrary, the contagion has been contained in China, thanks to the deployment of 5G in the management of the outbreak.
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What is 5G Network (technology) all about?
5G is an umbrella term used to describe the next-generation of mobile networks beyond LTE mobile networks. Smartphones, telecoms infrastructure, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth all utilize radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) to send and receive signals with other devices. The fifth generation high frequency internet radio spectrum enables devices to be much faster and intelligent.
In a far-reaching end, the term Internet of things (IoT) covers everything connected to the internet, even though it is increasingly being used to describe objects that “talk” to each other. Simply put, the Internet of Things is made up of smart devices – from simple sensors to smartphones and wearable technologies. Isn’t that amazing?
Yes! This might sound weird or like a scene from a sci-fi movie, but the IoT would make all this possible. This means internet-enabled devices would be able to share data on a smart grid.
The world is gradually migrating from 4G LTE for a bigger bandwidth application system. The long-awaited technology promises limitless application. It’s worthy of note how China is using 5G network patrol robots to monitor mask-wearing and body temperatures in public places to help fight the coronavirus.
As usual, technologies impact our lives in many ways – most inventions are meant to simplify our life, give us more control and allow ample time for more fun. But, from the conspiracy surrounding the emerging tech, it’s obvious the gladiators are really aggressive with their deployments.
The 5G, when implemented on a global level, will elevate the mobile network to not only interconnect people, but also interconnect and control machines, objects, and devices as long as they are internet enabled. This technology when implemented would revolutionize the globe as it promises to deliver new levels of performance and efficiency that will empower new user experiences and connect new industries.
Can 5G technology accelerate the pandemic?
I keep wondering whose idea it was to initiate the corona–5G conspiracy theory. Agreed, the COVID-19 pandemic has drowned the world in a sea of confusion and pandemonium and this, unfortunately, makes us gullible and susceptible to gross misinformation.
The radio waves transmitted by 5G-base stations are just a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation which falls at the lower end of the naturally-occurring electromagnetic spectrum. So far, these waves have been in use already and proven to ease our lifestyle. So, you can rest assured that emerging technology is not totally alien and truly does not cause or in no way worsen COVID-19 spread.
However, sequel to decades of research, it’s well established that exposure to radio waves even at the level 5G radiation offers can potentially heat cells at close range. This can lead to a variety of health effects, but, not necessarily causing the spread of the virus. As an illustration, the radiation used to treat cancer, when weighed against a risk/benefit scale has its benefits outweigh the risk, that’s why the technology is still in use to date.
So, it’s safe to say, 5G has nothing to do with the ravaging nature of the COVID-19. Research is still on to ascertain the long-term effect of exposure to constant non-ionizing radiation on health.
UK lawmakers advised the rumors could potentially be boosted by deliberate disinformation campaigns and therefore should be disregarded.
Truly, right now, the world is confused and paranoid; it doesn’t make it easy to trust any authority, including the billionaires. How else would anyone explain the deceitful claim that the coronavirus was invented by Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates to control the world by creating a vaccine for it? Hmm? Poor Gates!
How do we know if 5G is safe?
Truthfully, emissions from 5G enabled devices aren’t as dangerous compared to existing technology in use today. Even direct exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is more worrisome.
5G falls into the category of non-ionizing radiation. Non-ionizing radiation which includes infra-red, ultraviolet and visible light, power line, FM radio, and Wi-Fi signals, are too weak to break chemical bonds – thus cannot cause direct DNA or tissue damage.
Ionising radiation, conversely, includes gamma and X-rays as in use today and can cause cancer and other health related issues. X-ray, is also used in the treatment of cancer (radiotherapy).
When ionizing radiation passes through your body, it causes electrons to be ejected from atoms, leaving behind positive ions which are also known as free radicals. These free radicals can cause damage to DNA which is the genetic code that contains instructions for development and function of living things. The DNA can also be damaged from direct radiation.
In spite of this, has the world ended since the invention of the X-ray? I bet you know the rejoinder.
According to research, 5G’s wavelength does not generate enough energy to damage cells and cause tumors or cancer, unlike ultraviolet radiation from the sun, making sunlight a higher risk to your health than 5G.
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) which is the world’s watchdog on radiation already set new guidelines for 5G frequency, certifying it safe for deployment and confirmed that the frequencies at which 5G will be deployed will be tolerable by a human.
How will 5G Network transform the health industry?
With the current COVID-19 pandemic facing us, it is obvious that care seekers outnumber the providers and the health system is under constraint. So, instead of a revolt, embracing the much talked about 5G technology would improve the quality of health services worldwide.
For areas where health facilities are limited, patients have to travel hundreds of miles to access healthcare or see a doctor. Now, imagine a suspected case of COVID-19 coming from a rural area. Traveling while ill can be challenging, time-consuming and dangerous. With global coverage of 5G, the advent of telehealth and remote home monitoring systems like the use of robotics, it’s possible to receive care from the comfort of our homes.
Health professionals would be able to make recommendations after a short high definition (HD) video call and even submit prescription requests.
Speedy transmission to 5G is imminent for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and other imaging machines in use today. This equipment generates data that are typically very large files, and often must be sent to a specialist for review. With a slow bandwidth, of course, the transmission can take a long time or may not be sent successfully.
This invariably means the patient waits even longer for treatment which may not come and providers can see fewer patients in the same amount of time.
Consequently, adding a high-speed 5G network to existing equipment can help quickly and reliably transport huge data files of medical imagery, which can improve both access to care and the quality of care.
Similarly, telemedicine calls for a network that can support real-time high-quality video, which as of today in some places means wired networks that present a lot of hitches. With globalized 5G, healthcare systems would be able to utilize mobile networks more efficiently in handling telemedicine appointments.
This unarguably would greatly increase the reach of healthcare in the new world and when properly implemented, patients would often get treated sooner and have access to specialists otherwise not available. Consequently, the new tech would improve communication between doctors, nurses and other staff members to collaborate more efficiently.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is unarguably the most innovative invention emerging with the 5G technologies; many key healthcare functions are already utilizing it (AI) to determine potential diagnoses and consequently, the best treatment plan for patients.
Additionally, AI can help predict the most serious cases and determine which patients are more likely to have postoperative complications. This would allow healthcare systems to provide early interventions when necessary.
By enabling all these technologies through 5G networks, healthcare systems can improve the quality of care and patient experience. It can also give providers the ability to offer more personalized and preventive care – which is why we at Smart Health and Fitness and many healthcare employees became providers to start with.
Note that rumour spreads more dangerously than (the) virus. The 5G–corona virus conspiracy theory is unsubstantiated and unverified. Every human invention has its downside but with 5G, the benefits by far outweigh the risks. Get verified information about COVID-19 from trusted sources and do all you can to stop the spread of the dreaded virus.
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