A new American study discovered that the fifth-generation wireless technology (5G) appears to pose little to no risk to health, despite the allegations concerning its effect on health.
Researchers at Oregon State University determined its findings by assessing the effects of radiation on embryonic zebrafish, a freshwater fish that shares similar genome and developmental processes as humans.
The researchers exposed the embryonic zebrafish to 3.5 Gigahertz radiofrequency radiation, the same frequency commonly used by 5G-enabled cell phones, for two days.
Based on the findings, published in PLOS ONE journal, the radiation appeared to have no significant impacts on how the embryos formed, their response to light, or their risk of death.
“Based on our study, we don’t think 5G radiation is that harmful,” said Subham Dasgupta, a postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Robyn Tanguay at Oregon State.
“It’s predominately benign.”
However, the researchers note that they will investigate further. The team will also look on the effects of 5G radiation using the same zebrafish and assess their gene level as they grow from embryos to adults.
The implications of health risks originated from misinformation and controversy circulating online, in which 5G is said to possessed harmful radiofrequency radiation.
Taking over its predecessor the fourth-generation wireless technology (4G), 5G is said to be remarkably faster in connectivity with its expanded bandwidth, in which it’s capable to download bigger data at higher speeds.