IMDA recently held a public consultation last week (15 July), to get feedback on its approach to assigning 5G airwaves.
And turns out that the thing that most people were concerned with was how 5G frequency or radiation would be harmful to their health — and even more so because Singapore is such a small country.
(Ahem, not how much faster they can load their dramas or Instagram feed with the 5G. Wow. Much Shock.)
Before this, there were already a number of people who were worried enough to write letters to ST about this potential harm that 5G radiation would bring to human health.
Why are people so concerned suddenly?
There were about 230 scientists and doctors from over 40 countries that had signed an appeal to call for the European Union to stop the roll-out of 5G technology over health concerns (over exposure to ‘radio-frequency electromagnetic fields’) in April this year.
Then, Brussels also suspended its 5G roll-out over the radiation concerns.
(Wow since when these angmohs become more kiasi than Singaporeans).
So would it actually be harmful to us?
We did some reading — and it could all just be a mistake caused by some scientist named Bill P. Curry.
Essentially, Curry conducted a study on the impact of laptops and wireless networks, and in his study, he supposedly found that the technology was likely to be “a serious health hazard” — alarming to say the very least.
BUT, it turns out that his study was flawed (and wrong, might we add).
While Curry concluded in his study that the radio waves/ radiation could cause brain cancer – many experts have come out to point out how his study was flawed — Curry did not take into account how the human skin shields the body from exposure to such waves.
David Robert Grimes, a cancer researcher at the University of Oxford, also recently wrote in The Guardian: if phones were linked to cancer — there would be an obvious uptick in cases. However, this did not happen.
While Curry now disavows any knowledge of making a scientific error, his ideas have taken root and are being amplified by alarmist websites — that phones = brain cancer.
If we look back at what IMDA says — that the radiation is actually very low in Singapore, and typically below the 0.7% of the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection guidelines.
(In Human language, this means that yes, we never break law, and this type of radiation does not cause cancer by damaging DNA in the way that things such as X-rays or gamma rays does)
IMDA also says that the WHO did not find any convincing scientific evidence that it would cause adverse heath effects.
But of course, IMDA and NEA would continue to monitor developments and consult health experts.
TLDR ; No 5G would not be harmful.
Are you serious? What if i am still worried?
We would suggest that you pack your bags and move to a remote island with no technology and proceed to live out your life as a hermit.
As we have pointed out above — X-rays have even higher radiation, and have the potential to damage DNA. Heck, even microwaves emit higher radiation than your 4G/ 5G networks or phones.
FYI, World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), also classifies coffee and talc-based powder in this ‘possibly carcinogenic’ category — similar to radiation (which they acknowledge that evidence is “limited”).
So will you stop yourself from doing that next X-ray? Or even heating up your food because eating cold food is just too damn sad? And no more coffee really???
We should all stop speculating and focus on facts.
If all these radiation really does turn out to change our DNA, maybe some among us would turn into superheroes — who knows?