Rumors about 5G are a global phenomenon: you’ve probably already known or have come across the disinformation that antennas are bad for your health. Or that the facilities were a way of controlling people through chips. All these rumors are false. But even so, a request from the Public Ministry of Espírito Santo (MP-ES) forced Anatel to deny the fake news that the 5G is capable of killing birds and harming humans.
A 5G antenna project in the city of Domingos Martins, Espírito Santo, was the subject of a request for Anatel to explain that the frequency is not capable of killing birds, much less harming people’s health.
An anonymous request registered with the MP-ES ombudsman in September contests the construction of the 5G antenna in Domingos Martins. The complaint led to the opening of a protocol in the SEI of Anatel.
5G has “noise and radiation” that are bad, says request
In the complaint, which the Techblog had access, it appears that instead of a 5G antenna, the site would be used for the construction of a condominium; at least, that was what the landlord had promised. The land buyer, in fact, asked the Domingos Martins city hall for a permit to build the network transmitter.
But the work began before the permit was granted, which is why it was blocked by the city. But, according to the complainant, as it is a public utility installation, it would be about to be taken over.
The author of the request to the MP-ES Ombudsman states:
“The main question is (sic) what is the minimum distance for installing an antenna of this nature that can be installed without harming human health and the health of abundant birds in the region?”
The complainant cites that, for the time being, there are no studies proving that 5G is not harmful to health, precisely because it is a “world-recent” technology. He also mentions that the damage to health is due to “noise and electromagnetic radiation”.
“In this sense, the impediment of such an undertaking is necessary until there are specific conclusive studies that rule out the possibility of damage of these antennas to human and bird life in the region”, concludes the request to the MP-ES. The estimated height of the 5G tower to be installed is 60 meters.
Although the claim is atypical — at best — the prosecutor of MP-ES Noranei Ingle asked Anatel to send a technical report “describing the existence or not of damage to public health and the environment regarding the installation of 5G antennas” . A period of 25 days was given for the agency to manifest itself.
Anatel answers: 5G doesn’t kill birds
And she did just that. In October, Anatel sent a technical note to the Public Ministry, confirming the obvious: the 5G does not cause bird deaths and is not harmful to health. In the request filed with the Ombudsman of the MP-ES, the citizen cites news that birds died in the Netherlands because they passed near antennas with antennas of the type.
Although these are unfounded rumors, at the time news about it came out in the Brazilian press, a state deputy from Santa Catarina proposed a bill that prohibited the development of 5G in the state due to the alleged harmful effects of the technology.
In addition to pointing out this rumor as fake news, Anatel states:
“In 2021 there are several 5G stations in operation and if this fact were true there would be many bird deaths found in several countries. Therefore, on the possibility of bird mortality being associated with 5G technology, there is no supporting evidence and no recurrent and concrete case with the stations already in operation around the world.”
The agency, which is responsible for regulating devices and networks that emit frequencies in Brazil, also cites that studies carried out by the WHO (World Health Organization) find that there is no scientific basis between weak radio frequency signals emitted by towers and adverse health effects.
Anatel says follow WHO standard (hi?) for installing 5G
Even so, Anatel confirmed to MP-ES that it will follow the standard established by WHO to deploy 5G in Brazil. The institution recommends that all radio transmission stations, electric power systems and terminals operate at frequencies below 300 GHz.
In the case of the 5G antenna to be installed at the first interchange in the city of Domingos Martins, it must operate on a frequency of 3.5 GHz. People, bem-te-vis and thrush will be safe and should not be harmed after completion of the work.
Collaborated: Everton Favretto