It is difficult to know how many people suffer from EHS because this illness has only recently been recognized within the ICD (International Classification of Diseases) and hence no regular statistical information has been forth coming. Two new codes relate to illness caused by exposure to radiofrequency radiation (W90.0) and exposure to other non-ionizing radiation (W90.8). Note there are other codes for infrared, laser, sunlight, etc. but the W90.0 and W90.8 are the most appropriate codes for the illness that we consider at this ESS (electrosensitive society) website.
It is believed that between 1% and 5% of the population in developed countries may have severe symptoms and be debilitated when they are exposed to electrosmog. An additional 35% may have mild to moderate symptoms that allow them to work but reduce their quality of life. Many of these people are unaware of their sensitivity and repeatedly seek medical care. Normal blood, urine and other tests seldom reveal the problem and if the health care providers are unfamiliar with this illness and the symptoms, the patient’s questions remain unanswered. That is why it is so important for health care providers to become familiar with the symptoms, the causes, and ways to help their patients heal. Some of this information is provided at this ESS website. links
For information on sensitivity we use 3% for severe symptoms and 35% for mild to moderate symptoms. Over 200 capital cities, their population in 2019 and the percentage of severely and moderately sensitivity individuals is provided in Table below. Capital cities was selected for this data set because these cities are likely to have numerous cell phone antennas, broadcast antennas and–in some cases–city-wide Wi-Fi. They are also likely to be the first places for deployment of 5G networks.