Microwaves in Russia

So someone in Facebook or a friend of yours just sent you a link that tells you that microwaves are banned in Russia. Newsflash: there is no such ban. Go to Moscow and enter any modern household. Chances are, they have a microwave.

At one point the danger of microwave ovens was the fact that older pacemakers were not protected from stray radiation. This was a design flaw of the pacemakers and not microwaves. These pacemakers were incorrectly designed and would also malfunction in elevators and cars. These pacemakers don’t exist anymore.

Scientifically speaking, microwave radiation has no strength at all. Even a weak light has thousands of times more energy than microwaves. Not only that, but all modern microwaves are properly sealed so the above problem doesn’t even matter anymore.

So there you have it folks—microwaves were never banned in Russia. I’m all for revealing things in modern society that are harmful to us like high fructose corn syrup, but microwaves aren’t really one of them.

Now, to be fair, I don’t use microwaves myself as I prefer to cook with a normal oven or the stove, but the point here is that there’s no need to be paranoid. Your cell phone has far, far more radiation than your microwave.

The Word Microwave

Microwave has a simple etymology; it is a 1931 word, a combination of the words micro and wave.

In Spanish, it’s called microonda. A microwave oven is a horno microondas.

In Portuguese, both the wave and the oven are called Microondas.