By André Faust (April 14, 2020)
There is a lot of hooplas being circulated on social media about the evils of the 5G radio frequency as being hazardous to human health. Some believe that 5G is the cause of the CorVid-19 virus. This one has to beat all of them, 5G is being used as mind control ( I thought I did good acid … lol.)
What amazes me is how many people believe such nonsense. If people are that gullible to such malarky, I can understand why Donald Trump will succeed in attaining a second term as president.
So why is it that rational and intelligent people buy into this bullshit. Is it because we are bombarded with so much information that our brains get overwhelmed, and our decision making takes the path of least resistance? I wish I knew the answer to that maybe it is related to the Elaborative Likelihood Model (ELM) as put forth by Petty and Cacioppo, which states that we process information by two routes, the Peripheral Route (PR) and the Central Processing Route (CPR). PR processing doesn’t take much time; it often can be influenced by emotions in contrast to the CPR, which relies on analytical thinking and research before arriving at a decision, the downfall is that it is a time-consuming endeavour. Enough to why some people buy into the conspiracy theories.
The internet is continuously evolving, as internet service consumers as a population; we are demanding more speed. Streaming video has become a big thing. The problem is that the current 2.6G cannot meet the consumer demand requiring more speed for the WiFi to view our favourite streaming videos and movies. Let’s face it running an ethernet cable to each device that we own is not very practical, so we rely on our wireless to do the job for us. This is where 5G comes into play. The advantage of 5G is that it can transfer data bits much faster the 2.6 G, the downfall of 5G is that the distance of transmission is much shorter than the 2.6G. To get around the limitation of range. More transmission points have to be added to carry the signal to its destination, your device, which has to comply with the 802.11ac to get the full benefits of 5G.
The general anxiety around 5G is that they are some that are convinced that 5G is hazardous to health. Some even go as far as to say that; it is because of 5G. The run of the mill coronavirus has mutated into SARS-CoVid-19 because of 5G. 5G can’t compromise health and cause mutations as some claim. The reason is that it is still in the radio frequency in between (UHF) Ultra High Frequency and (SHF) Super High Frequency, which are in the Non-Ionizing range, which I will get into later.
When we are looking at 5G, we are looking at the radio frequency at the lower end of the ElectroMagnetic Spectrum (EMS). Technically speaking and literally speaking, the entire EMS is radiation, but the only radiation that is harmful to us is ionizing radiation (IR).
To understand the EMS, you have to understand wavelength as it relates to frequency. The lowest part of the Radio Frequency (RF), is in the range of 30–300 kHz, this range known as Low Frequency (LF). The wavelength is between one kilometre to ten kilometres and is most likely passing through your body at this moment. Gamma rays, on the other hand, have a wavelength of ten picometers. They lie on the extreme end of the EMS. The opposite end of LF. In between, you have visible light.
Frequencies in the RF range are non-ionizing radiation (NIR) because those frequencies do not have the energy to have any effect at the molecular level in the sense that they can affect the electrons. What about microwave ovens? Microwave ovens can boil water, and that is correct. The reason is microwave frequency is harmonic to the frequency of water molecules, thereby causing the water molecules to oscillate at such a speed, which causes the water to heat up. Infrared, on the other hand, emit heat that is absorbed. However, they do have enough energy to alter the electrons at the molecular level. The keyword is ENERGY. It is not until you get to wavelengths that are wavelength shorter than 125 nm, which starts at the upper end of the ultraviolet spectrum (UV) that ionizing radiation is produced. Ionizing radiation carries sufficient energy to detach electrons from atoms or molecules, thereby ionizing them and, as a result, in a living organism can alter the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which results in cell damage and or cell death.
There are four types of ionizing radiation 1. X-rays/Gamma rays, 2. Alpha particles, 3. Beta Particles, 4. Neutron particles. Yes, these four types of ionizing radiation can cause radiation sickness, burns, cancer, and even genetic damage, no argument there. 5G is in the RF range, and the RF range is non-ionizing radiation, therefore, can not produce the damage that the 5G conspiracy theorist claim. Physics and science can’t change that.