"It’s worth noting that the continued wrong use cum handling of [Telecom] devices has caused an untold harm to the human body and the society at large... Each of these devices comprises Electromagnetic Field (EMF) which emits electromagnetic rays/ radiation (EMR) while they are in use. Many people worldwide are yet to realize that they are chronically exposed to something that can deteriorate their health, because EMR is invisible and odourless, and cannot be felt. Unless it is identified and remediated, it can lead to countless health complications as well as premature death."
by Mohammed, Opinion, businessdayonline.com (Nigeria), 4 November 2016
Telecom is the transmission of signs, signals, messages, writings, sounds and images via wire, radio, or optical system, among other electromagnetic systems. Telecommunication occurs when the exchange of information between two or more communication participants involves the use of technology. It is transmitted either electrically over physical media such as cables, or via electromagnetic radiation. Such kind of transmission paths are usually divided into communication channels, which afford the advantages of multiplexing.
It’s noteworthy that there are several modern telecom devices in existence. Telecom devices are those equipment that are being used by end users through telecom network. Telecom network could be any such network as mobile, exchange, and dedicated networks, or point to point links. Common examples of telecom devices are: computers, fax machines, radio cum television sets, masts, transmitters, trackers, and cell phones. This piece was informed by the compelling need for the overall users of the aforementioned devices to acknowledge how best to handle them towards avoiding numerous dangers inherent in their respective uses and functionalities.
It’s worth noting that the continued wrong use cum handling of these devices has caused an untold harm to the human body and the society at large, although their impact on societal wellbeing cannot be overemphasized. Each of these devices comprises Electromagnetic Field (EMF) which emits electromagnetic rays/ radiation (EMR) while they are in use. Many people worldwide are yet to realize that they are chronically exposed to something that can deteriorate their health, because EMR is invisible and odourless, and cannot be felt. Unless it is identified and remediated, it can lead to countless health complications as well as premature death. EMR exposure, which is reckoned to be the silent enemy endangering the lives of millions of individuals and professionals across the globe, is far worse than cigarette smoke. Keep in mind that all health issues would be affected to an extent by exposure to EMR, since it weakens the immune system, stresses the body and damages healthy cells. The higher the frequency of the radiation, the more damage it is likely to cause to the body.
Common diseases caused by EMR are cancer, chronic fatigue, constant headache, migraine, asthma, heart problems, chest pain, insomnia, allergies, electrosensitivity (ES), high blood pressure, brain fag, leukemia, birth defects, miscarriages, and stress. Others include nausea, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions like burning, rashes and pain, as well as tinnitus, erratic pulse and weak immune system. While the most acute exposures to harmful levels of EMR are immediately realized as burns, the health effects due to chronic or occupational exposure may not manifest for months, or even years. Safekeeping of the cell phones in one’s trousers’ pocket can harm the person’s reproductive organs owing to the EMR being emitted by the phone, and such experience can make the person sterile. Hence, people aren’t advised to keep any phone in their pockets. It is called handset, so keep it in your hand.
The truth is that, EMR can penetrate through any part of the human skin, thus even when the gadget is in our hands, we should ensure that it is kept in a special pack or casing that can reduce the frequency of its radiation. If we are at home or in the office, we should endeavour to keep them away from our body. And for those who can engage in a chat for several hours, you really need to cut down the excesses, because you’re unknowingly endangering your health. Don’t overuse the phone at a time. The broadcasting/telephone masts mounted amidst residential settlements have caused tremendous harm to the affected residents, unknowingly to them. Wherever a mast is mounted, no one is expected to live anywhere around it. Dwellers are required to live at least a kilometer (1km) away from any mast in use. Even offices are not advised to be located near a mast. Those working at broadcasting stations should keep off from where the FM/TV transmitter is kept, unless when they want to make some changes on the machine. Similarly, don’t stay very close to your radio/TV set when they are in use.
Aside your TV/phone screen that can damage your eyes’ retina, the EMR emitted by these gadgets is far more dangerous to health. The children must be guided in this regard. Computers such as laptops are not left out. They are called laptops, but that doesn’t imply you are meant to place them directly on your laps. Place a tangible material on your laps before putting a laptop on your body. The desktop shouldn’t also have direct contact with your body. Towards avoiding fire outbreak, endeavour to keep those devices away from flames or flammable zones like gas cookers, filling stations, and power lines, because EMR is highly inflammable. Though the aforesaid facts are inevitable, no one is asking you to start seeing telecom devices as your enemies; rather, you are only advised to apply reasonable caution while using them. Think about it!