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How To Protect Yourself From 5G

As mobile phone carriers race toward releasing 5G devices to the masses, you might be feeling concerned about the health repercussions caused by this move. And you are not alone either. 

As 5G towers go up in neighborhoods across the globe, people are anxiously asking about the effects of high-frequency radio waves flowing through the air. Even government officials are pumping the brakes, requesting info about just how much electromagnetic radiation this tech will expose their communities to — and what health effects might occur as a result. 

In response, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and many other entities are taking a closer look at 5G and its millimeter-wave transmissions.

Even as that occurs, mobile carriers are moving full-speed ahead in building small cell sites and releasing their latest devices to the public.

So, it just makes sense to learn all you can about this technology as well, then take any needed steps to protect your overall health and wellbeing. 

Quick note! If you’re interested in learning more about EMF radiation, Nick Pineault’s The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs is a great read. The book explains EMF radiation AND it’s entertaining. It does cost a few dollars but I highly recommend it!

What is 5G?

For the past decade, mobile carriers have set their sights on moving beyond the capabilities of the 4G LTE network.

They have met that goal by creating the 5G network, which boasts faster download and upload speeds. This upgrade boosts speeds to 20 gigabytes per second (Gbps), which is 20 times faster than the prior generation of cellular tech.

These carriers also promise that their 5G networks will decrease latency, eliminating any delays in data transfer. 

To achieve this goal, 5G networks rely heavily on the cloud technology to provide the optimal user experience.

As a result of the cloud connectivity, the devices can seamlessly switch between data and Wi-Fi connections without pressing a button.

As convenience increases, so does exposure to the high-frequency radio waves that rapidly transmit all the data.

How Does 5G Work?

5G small cell site on top of an apartment roof with brick siding

Everything from televisions to refrigerators connect to the internet these days, putting a lot of pressure on the current wireless networks. Mobile carriers could not hope to increase the speed of their devices by a noticeable amount while continuing to use these overloaded networks. 

To get around that problem, they developed 5G to tap into a whole new area in the radio-frequency spectrum.

They achieved that goal by making their network use millimeter waves of about 30 to 300 gigahertz.

Since these waves are so short, they can move at much higher frequencies, greatly increasing the speed of the network. Since only the newest mobile phones use that network, they do not have to compete with others for bandwidth, making their connections even faster.

Unlike signals used in older mobile networks, the ultra-short wavelengths do not travel nearly as far. In fact, at the highest end of the spectrum, the signals may only travel a few blocks before dropping off.

They also have trouble penetrating dense materials, like trees and concrete walls.

To get around these problems, mobile carriers are installing 5G cell towers in more areas than ever before.

By putting these small cell sites every few blocks, the signals can hop from station to station to successfully transfer data to and from each device.

What are the Dangers of 5G Radiation?

Since 5G networks operate at higher frequencies and require additional base stations, they emit more non-ionizing radiation than 4G LTE technology.

Unfortunately, since millimeter wave technology is brand new, there have not been enough studies done to completely understand the health risks that could arise. 

Until research catches up, people can only guess at what health problems could come down the line as a result.

This uncertainty has caused a lot of unrest, spurring worldwide protests about everything from increased cancer risks to fears about viral spread.

While 5G definitely does not cause the novel coronavirus, the risk of brain cancer and other health problems is very real, as evidenced by research about the effects of electromagnetic fields on public health. 

By looking at the known risks of high exposure to radio-frequency radiation, it is possible to get an idea of the level of danger that may come with the widespread switch to 5G networks. 

Effects of EMF Radiation and Why it Matters

Bottom up view of 5G antennas on a roof with blue sky in the background

No matter their speeds, cellphone networks emit EMF radiation into the surrounding area.

Although this type of radiation is non-ionizing, it does unnaturally energize the atoms in the body, causing them to vibrate at a high frequency.

As more and more devices rely on wireless connections, direct exposure to EMF radiation increases, which leaves atoms overly energized more often than not. This puts undue stress on their structures, leading to deterioration in the body at the cellular level. 

Knowing this, it is no surprise to learn that researchers have linked non-ionizing radiation exposure to a number of health problems.

In a 2018 study, researchers explored why cancerous brain tumors increased in prevalence from 1995 to 2015. Their data pointed to environmental and lifestyle changes, including increased exposure to EMF radiation.

Additional studies backed up their findings, showing a clear link between cancer and radiofrequency radiationin rats. 

Researchers also focused on finding out if EMF radiation contributed to the development of other health problems. They found that non-ionizing radiation may increase the risk of many different conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and infertility. 

Since 5G’s millimeter wavelengths vibrate at a much higher frequency, it is likely that it will energize atoms even more than prior network types.

This could increase the cellular damage and contribute to the development of even more health problems in the future.

Only time will tell, however, how much the change will impact health.

Unfortunately, mobile carriers are not waiting for the research to come in, as they are heavily invested in rolling out this tech as soon as possible. 

Read further: Should I Worry About 5G Towers near Me? for even more information about these towers and what they can do to your body.

5G Implementation

Mobile carriers around the world are speeding toward 5G implementation in a race to be the first to roll out its widespread use.

Everyone wants to land ahead of the pack to provide their communities with the benefits of much faster data speeds. With that move, they hope to help many different industries gain an edge against the competition, putting their businesses at the forefront of the race.

Mobile network companies are looking to go big with their implementation, too, aiming for nearly 200 million people in North and South America connecting to 5G by 2023. And by the end of that year? They expect to reach a stunning 1.3 billion connections across the globe.

The connections will rapidly increase from there as carriers put in the small cell sites needed to implement this technology in every area possible. 

As 5G networks become more accessible, LTE connections will likely become much less prevalent, though their growth will likely continue until 2022.

At this time, LTE users are continuing to increase at a rate of 972 million per year. There are currently 3.7 billion people using this technology to send data across the internet, though many are expected to eventually choose 5G networks and devices once they are able to switch.

A pulled back view of a city with many building and an image of lines connecting all the buildings representing 5G connection throughout the city

When Will the Large Carriers Roll It Out?

Mobile carriers are working day and night installing the small cell sites they need to rollout reliable 5G coverage.

Although they are keeping mum on the exact number of sites being installed, and their locations, they have released data showing numbers in the tens of thousands.

Other entities, such as CTIA, have proposed that carriers will need as many as 800,000 sites to offer widespread coverage in just the United States by 2026. 

With so many installations needed, cellphone networks are only offering coverage in select areas across the US at this time.

New York, Seattle, and other big cities are getting this service first, leaving rural areas with a potentially long wait for a service update.

Knowing when this update might hit your area will give you time to get prepared for the rollout. 


AT&T has been steadily building their 5G network across 17 states, focusing on their most populated cities.

In Maryland, for example, people can connect to this ultra-fast network in certain areas of Baltimore and Ocean City. 

Other locations with 5G connectivity include:

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Nashville, Tennessee 
  • New York City, New York
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Atlanta, Georgia

Since reliable connections require so many small sites placed close together, coverage is still quite spotty in the supported areas. They are slowly expanding, however, in an effort to create a cohesive network across every major city.


Verizon is following a similar plan, slowly rolling out their 5G network across major cities in the United States. 

They are focusing on places like:

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Miami, Florida
  • Spokane, Washington

Their next rollout will occur in San Diego, California, and they will continue making their 5G network more reliable in the supported areas.

At this time, they only have coverage in certain parts of each city since they do not yet have enough cell towers sites for seamless connections. 


T-Mobile is working the fastest to make seamless 5G connections a reality for all Americans.

They have placed their small tower sites in nearly every state, including Hawaii and Alaska. They are making it their mission to bring coverage to over 200 million people in the United States by the end of the year. 

Of course, without 5G capable devices, all these networks are effectively worthless, so Android and iPhone manufacturers have been hard at work creating next gen phones.

LG, Samsung, and other major Android phone creators have already released their products, while iPhones will require a little bit longer wait.

Apple plans their release in September 2020, ensuring the networks will be well-prepared for their arrival.

How to Protect Yourself From 5G

Close up of 5G small cell site attached to a wood pole with cords attached

Despite public concerns, it is clear mobile carriers intend on moving forward in making 5G technology a reality across the United States and beyond.

Since they are keeping the total number and location of small cell sites secret, it may very well be time to start thinking about how you can protect yourself.

Here’s some tips to help you get started.

As a side note, there are two ways to protect yourself from 5G radiation:

1) Protect yourself from the 5G coming in

2) Protect you and your family from the 5G radiation within your home.

Let’s go over some of the EMF protection methods now!

Distance – Inverse Square Law

If you want to protect yourself and decrease your risk of health problems from EMF radiation exposure, your best bet is to keep a safe distance away from the 5G cell sites.

Since electromagnetic fields follow the inverse square law, exposure to radiation decreases considerably as you move further away from your body.

So, when standing right next to the site, you are 100% exposed to the radiation it emits. But if you move twice as far away, then you are exposed to only ¼ of the radiation.

When 10 times as far away, your exposure reduces by 100 times. Use an EMF meter to help you determine how far is far enough.

If you have cellular sites installed in your neighborhood, however, then you may not be able to stay a safe distance away.

In that case, consider using EMF shielding paint (available on Amazon) on your interior walls to deflect the radio waves and reduce your exposure. 

Turn off devices when not in use

Another smart way to reduce exposure is simply turning off your all devices’ wireless connections when not in use every day.

Start with your phones, tablets, and computers by using the settings menu to switch off both data and Wi-Fi signals. Here’s an article on how to turn off wifi on many different devices and the router itself.

Then, move on to turning off the wireless internet connections on your television set and other electronics throughout the house.

Finally, turn off the router using the switch on the side or by simply unplugging it from the wall.

After you become accustomed to performing this routine, it will only take a couple minutes out of your day while providing immense peace of mind and provide signficant RF protection.

Keep those cell tower EMFs away from your body! Following this routine will really help over time.

Of course, a high quality EMF meter will help you ferret out any hot spots around your house, caused by cell towers, your phone, or any other offenders.

RF Blocking Cell Phone Case

If you cannot have your phone turned off all night or need to carry it on you throughout the day, consider getting an RF blocking cellphone case.

Many of these cases even protect from 5G radiation dangers.

You can get cases with different levels of protection, and if you’d like, all the way up to 100%.

While these cases do block all the radiation coming and going from the phone, they also keep cellular signals from arriving, effectively bricking your phone until they are removed.

You will need to reflect on your risk factors and needs to determine your ideal protection level before making a purchase. 

You might not be able to remove that 5G cell tower but you can protect from the 5G dangers provided by your mobile phone.

Use EMF shielding fabric

Even when using EMF shielding paint to keep radiation from coming into your home, it can still breach your residence through the windows.

Thankfully, you can also block that entry point by covering all the glass in your home with curtains made from EMF shielding fabric.

This fabric is made from a blend of cotton, copper, and silver materials to create a protective barrier without compromising on its appearance.

In fact, the sheer material looks as good as it works, lifting your spirits while keeping invisible radio waves out.

Here’s a guide to choosing an effective EMF shielding fabric to block that 5G radiation.

Use an Air Tube Headset

When you have to use your cell phone, it is best to keep it far from the sensitive tissues in your head, neck, and chest.

You can accomplish that by investing in an air tube headset.

By using air tubes instead of wires to transmit sound to your ears, you can take calls, listen to music, and much more while minimizing your 5G radiation exposure from your phone. 

As you take the steps to reduce your exposure to EMF radiation, you can decrease the stress on your atoms, potentially decreasing your risk of associated health problems.

Basically, keeping your cell phone away from your body is a great EMF radiation protection method.

Here’s an article on the most effective, high quality air tube headsets.


5G towers and small cell sites might be popping up all over your neighborhood but you’re not defenseless.

There are multiple methods you can use to protect yourself from the dangers of 5G.

Most of these EMF protection tips are inexpensive and while the dangers of 5G are still relatively unknown, they’re worth considering.

Read next: If you like this article, you might also like my article on the phones that emit the most (and least) radiation.