There’s a real fear at the moment that the new 5G mobile network causes cancer.
It’s being chatted about in workplace kitchens, and discussed within WhatsApp groups.
It’s a fear that’s multiplying and morphing – but where did it start? And should we be listening to it?
The Quicky did a deep dive into the affects of the 5G network. Post continues after podcast.
The reason 5G was created in the first place, is because we’ve created a bit of a problem.
We’re still using the same radio frequency bands we’ve been using since before smartphones were as advanced as they are now, so it’s all getting very crowded.
The answer is to explore other parts of the radio frequency spectrum to see if they too can transmit data.
5G uses millimetre waves on a higher frequency between 30 and 300 gigahertz and will be about 60 times faster than 4G.
The radio waves we’ve been using previously are huge in comparison – they’re tens of centimetres long.
Satellite operators and radar systems already utilise this space, but it does have its limitations. It can’t for example, travel though buildings very well and they [the waves] can be absorbed by trees and rain.
So in order to allow 5G to exist in this space, more antenna are needed throughout the country in closer proximity – which is what’s happening now.
A video has been doing the rounds fuelling claims about the “cancer causing properties” of the 5G network.
Here’s a snippet. Post continues after video.
It was uploaded by self proclaimed visionary, wellness advocate, disrupter and activist Jessie Reimers who has started a Change.org petition and wants the rollout of 5G stopped, until an independent study looks into its impacts.
The Quicky spoke to two experts in this field to unpack the fears. Here’s what they found out:
Fear One: The safety body setting the “standards” are getting financial gain from 5G.
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is responsible for setting the safety standards for radiation and exposure in our country.
Dr Gillian Hirth works for ARPANSA and told The Quicky, “That’s not correct” when asked by host Claire Murphy if the body receives $1 million annually from wireless networks – which is the claim made in Reimer’s viral video.
“We receive 50% of our revenue from government appropriation and the remainder through our own forced revenue, which include cost recovery arrangements for our regulatory services and other service activities that we undertake.
“ARPANSA doesn’t receive any funding from industry be that the telecommunication industry or any other industry.”
Fear Two: Our “safety limit” for radiation is set 100 times higher than other countries.
The Australian standard, according to Dr Hirth, is set by international guidelines.