Working from home, as our “new normal,” has favorable and unfavorable characteristics. One unfavorable characteristic is the increase in clinical complaints of fatigue. This new fatigue from videoconferencing has been discussed in media and become collectively known as “Zoom Fatigue.” Experts say this is due to a combination of mentally taxing variables such as unnatural close ups with prolonged eye contact, strain of visual self-auditing, prolonged immobility and work/home boundary issues.1–3
Yet, could there be more to this?
It has been demonstrated that electric and magnetic field (EMF) from radio frequency (RF) sources results in currents that permeate into tissues of the body from the surrounding areas.4 Furthermore, increased exposure to currents of nonionizing radiation from RF sources is associated with physical and emotional harms,5–7 including potential carcinogenic effects.4,5,8,9
Many remote workers unwittingly work within proximity to their portable devices during teleconference streaming. As radiation is highest next to the emitting source, this proximity for long durations can significantly increase daily RF radiation exposures.
Equally concerning is that many remote workers work in proximity to wireless routers, a source of exponentially higher radiation emissions than portable computers. When questioned about proximity to wireless routers, it was found that they worked within 1–2 feet of their routers. In each case, when distancing from these devices was employed, the symptoms were markedly reduced.
Symptoms that characterize electromagnetic hypersensitivity are headache, fatigue, ocular symptoms, tinnitus, dizziness, sensory abnormalities, memory and concentration loss, depression, emotional lability, suicidal ideation and temporospatial confusion.
The question of “what is a safe level for use” has been repeatedly asked. However, it has markedly different answers depending on who you ask, who they work for, and from which country it originated.18 The United States technically has no federally developed safety standards regarding wireless radiation exposure levels that companies or manufacturers have to adhere to.19
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Deb Harding.Alternative and Complementary Therapies.Aug 2021.171-175.http://doi.org.buproxy.bastyr.edu:2048/10.1089/act.2021.29339.dha
Published in Volume: 27 Issue 4: August 17, 2021