5G and Corona

Be Cautious, There is no link between 5G technology and spread of COVID-19, clarified by DoT

1 year ago

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) stated that many false messages are being spread on different social media sites, alleging that the testing of 5G mobile towers is the source of the second wave of coronavirus. Since 5G network testing has not yet begun anywhere in India, the argument that 5G trials or networks are causing coronavirus is “baseless.”

The telecom department on Monday said in a press statement that there is no link between 5G technology and spread of COVID-19 and they are urged not to be misguided by the false information and rumours spread in this matter. The claim that 5G trials or networks are causing coronavirus in India is “false” and have no scientific basis. Moreover, it is informed that the testing of the 5G network has not yet started anywhere in India. 

In the official release, it is mentioned that “Mobile towers emit non-ionizing Radio frequencies having very minuscule power and are incapable of causing any kind of damage to living cells including human beings” . Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has prescribed norms for exposure limit for the Radio Frequency Field (i.e. Base Station Emissions) which are 10 times more stringent than the safe limits prescribed by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and recommended by WHO.

Informing the initiatives already taken, the DoT said it has a well-structured process so that operators strictly adhere to these prescribed norms.

“However, any citizen having any apprehension about any mobile tower emitting radio waves beyond the safe limit prescribed by the department, a request for EMF measurements/testing can be made on Tarang Sanchar portal at https://tarangsanchar.Gov.In/emfportal,” the department said.

Seema Jain

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