Digital age

French woman “allergic to WiFi” to receive disability benefits

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In France, a 39-year old woman has been granted disability benefits by the court for a rather unique ailment: a WiFi allergy. Marine Richard claimed that she suffers from “electromagnetic sensitivity,” which makes exposure to mobile phones, television and Wi-Fi extremely uncomfortable and has caused her to move to a barn in the countryside. The French court has granted her a disability allowance of 800 euros per month ($900), in what her lawyers say could set a precedent for thousands of people. Nevertheless, the World Health Organization does not consider electromagnetic sensitivity to be an official disease, describing it as “characterized by a range of non-specific symptoms that lack apparent toxicological or physiological basis or independent verification.”

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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