All the world is talking about 5G. For the industry and the economy, the ultra-fast Internet plays a Central role, in order to remain competitive. Consumers can look forward to faster and more stable Connections.

For you, but also the health aspects interesting. According to the search trends of Google network “5g dangerous” or “5g dangerous” to the most frequent queries in connection with 5G. What with the new generation of mobile communications to us? Questions and answers:

What radiation is used in 5G and the effect it has on the body?

the mobile phone radiation, as in the case of 5G is used, is electromagnetic radiation. Numerous studies have dealt with the effects. “It can be clearly demonstrated, and that the high-frequency fields have a thermal, i.e. a warming effect. It has, indeed, also from the microwave,” explains Sarah Drießen by the research center for electromagnetic environment compatibility, RWTH Aachen, Germany. However, the radio to this effect in mobile is much lower. An adverse effect to exclude, there are limits, such as the so-called SAR-value, the recommended should be the maximum value cannot be exceeded of 2 watts per kilogram at the head/ear.

Where can I find the SAR value of my device?

In any Smartphone, the value must be specified by two measurements – when making Calls on your ear and when you Wear the device on the body. The values found in the operating instructions of the device and online in a database of the Federal office, which is updated regularly. At a value of below 0.6, the experts speak of a low-radiation device.

again and again, the use of Smartphones is associated with an increased risk of cancer. Radio radiation is as carcinogenic?

The answer to this question is controversial. “No,” says Gunde brick Berger from the Swiss Federal office for radiation protection (BfS). “We have no proof that the Smartphone could be the cause of use in compliance with the international limits cancer.” Although the studies were not yet able to provide complete security, because tumors developed over a long period of time. “But every year we see no increase in diseases, we receive more certainty.”

biologist Drießen refers to, meanwhile, a group of experts of the WHO the 2011, all of the hitherto published studies collectively evaluated. “The IARC came to the assessment that mobile phone radiation is “possibly carcinogenic”.” This does not mean, however, that mobile phone radiation is actually a carcinogen, she said. “Nevertheless, we should take the studies the principle of the matter seriously.” Finally, the question can not be answered.

How can I protect myself as a cell phone user from too much radiation?

experts recommend to keep the phone as rarely as possible directly to the head. When on the Phone, prefer the Headset or the loudspeaker function or on a landline phone to Dodge. The Smartphone is unused, you should not wear it on your body. At night the flight mode. Reception is poor and the phones reach mobile the maximum radiation power. Thus, the use in poorly-developed areas is not recommended, in the car or during a train journey. Children, especially, should be protected against high-frequency electromagnetic radiation.

What all this means now for the 5G Development?

“It is expected that 5G will lead to a massive increase in forced exposure to radio frequency radiation,” warned the Federation for environment and nature conservation BUND. So alone, the Telecom was planning to double the number of their mobile sites. The BfS calls for a “prudent Expansion”. The 5G frequencies that will be auctioned off at the end of March, at 2.0 and 3.6 and 3.7 GHz. “As far as possible in the frequency ranges that we know from the current mobile and are already well understood,” says BfS spokeswoman Nicole Messmer. “In perspective, however, higher frequencies in the range of 26 GHz is used and explored at the present time.”

Open-ended questions, the Federal office for the Installation of new mobile radio systems. “Here, there are several offsetting effects.” On the one hand, although more transmitters would be installed, but with a lower transmission power. These would then be operated closer to places where people stop. “How the impact of how high the radiation will be of the each exposed Individual, it is foreseeable in the Moment is difficult.”

What to say to critics of the expansion of health damage?

Some Doctors have contacted in October 2018 in an open letter to the Federal Minister for transport and digital infrastructure, Scheuer. They warn of the implications for electro-sensitive patients. About six to eight percent of the population suffer accordingly, under the “microwave syndrome”, which manifests itself, among other things, due to migraines, pain, or depression. In addition, several petitions against the Expansion are to be found on the Internet.

In an international appeal, which should already be more than 50,000 supporters signed, reference is made to studies that “electromagnetic fields are responsible for a wide range of impairments of the human being, the DNA, of the cells and organ systems in a large variety of plants and animals, and for the most important diseases of civilization: cancer, heart disease and Diabetes.”