The ‘5G Craze’

In our most recent podcast, “What is 5G?” Michael discusses the background of 5G and introduces key talking points as it relates to the overall impact on value and health. You probably hear the word 5G everywhere, and at some point, it has crossed your mind as a potential ‘craze’. Like most media induced society vs. big business scandals, 5G presents itself as an anticipated topic. If you’re unfamiliar with 5G and the talking points surrounding this subject, we encourage you listen to the most recent episode on 5G by streaming below:

For those who wish to dive deeper into the facts and figures surrounding 5G, we have the major ones laid out for you in this excerpt. is a reliable consumer driven network research platform, which contains a nicely laid out network map of 5G across the globe. According to the ookla 5G map (pictured below), the United States alone contains 6,470 commercial deployment sites with 189 pre-release test sites.

According to Verizon had rolled out 5G networks in 31 cities by the end of 2019 including Chicago and reaching Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Dallas, and filtering to smaller cities like Memphis, Columbus, and Grand Rapids. Discussing ground-level terms (pun intended), what this means for civilians is increased exposure to radiation frequencies which are potentially life-threatening.

NASA has an in-depth explanation on the particle radiation as follows:

Alpha-particles are given-off by radioactive atoms. They are nuclei containing two protons and two neutrons: essentially helium nuclei. They can be stopped by a sheet of paper and rendered harmless; however, they can be trapped on dust particles and be inhaled, doing damage to lung tissue as they build up their concentration. Spacesuits can typically shield an astronaut from alpha-particles that occur in solar flares and cosmic rays.

Beta-particles (or Beta-rays) are also given off by radioactive atoms during the process of ‘beta decay’. They consist of energetic electrons traveling at high-speed and require several millimeters of aluminum to stop most of them. A spacesuit normally has a few millimeters of aluminum in its fabric, so astronauts are usually well protected from beta-rays from solar flares and other sources.

Neutron particles are produced in nuclear reactions including fission and fusion. Because they carry no charge, they easily penetrate many substances. Large quantities of water or cement are required to shield against neutron radiation. The walls of spacecraft provide adequate shielding from neutron particles. During EVAs, astronauts receive unavoidable radiation exposure to neutrons and other energetic particles such as cosmic rays.

Now we have given a background on particle radiation present today, lets briefly review dosages. Scientists have discovered ‘doses’ and ‘dose equivalents. A dose equivalent is measured in ‘rads’ which is absorbed energy to the amount of tissue damage it produces in a human. Let’s ponder on the tail end of that very last statement, “the amount of tissue damage it produces in a human”. This is the main widespread concern of 5G expansion. Let’s now dive into the human health aspects of 5G and radiation dosages.

Below is the formula NASA scientists have laid out for radiation:

Dose Equivalent (in Rem) = Dose (in Rads) x Q

And here is an example of whole body doses posing a threat with 5G:

In summary, we must start to gather field research from trustworthy sources such as NASA to assess the potential dangers to human tissue that the high radiation dosages of 5G may present. The frequency levels are rumored to have taken out large numbers of birds, among other animals. If you do more research you may find incidents where humans have already experienced health problems related to 5G. The biggest talking points surround health, ethics, and overall economic value.

Thanks for reading!

Michael Moran

Managing Partner @ IHG Management



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