5G health concerns and COVID-19: the facts
We’re aware of some concern in the community about a potential link between 5G technology and the novel Coronavirus (also called SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19).
“Let’s know the truth”
What is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation of mobile network technology, following 2G, 3G and 4G. It has the potential to offer super-fast connections and response times and more capacity than previous generations and is designed to meet the needs of the large growth in demand for data and connectivity from our customers and businesses.
Is 5G safe?
This is an important question and in January 2020 Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy issued the following statement to reassure Australians:
I’d like to reassure the community that 5G technology is safe. There is no evidence telecommunication technologies, such as 5G, cause adverse health impacts. This position is supported by health authorities in Australia – such as the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) – and around the world, such as the World Health Organization (WHO).
5G and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As 5G networks continue to roll out around the world, some people have associated the technology with the spread of the novel Coronavirus (or the disease it causes, COVID-19). This is just not true.
The World Health Organisation has advised that “COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. People can also be infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their eyes, mouth or nose.”
Droplets – and any viruses in them – cannot travel through radio signals emitted by mobile networks of any generation.
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has also issued its own advice, stating that 5G and other telecommunications systems do not affect the immune system:
“There is no established evidence that low level radio wave exposure from 5G and other wireless telecommunications can affect the immune system or cause any other long term or short term health effects,” ARPANSA said in its advice.
Thus it is clear: there are no established health effects from 5G in relation to the Coronavirus. These claims have no basis in science, and they have been dismissed by both the Australian and global scientific and healthcare communities.