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The Med & Mic™ 03.04.22

The Med & Mic™ 03.04.22

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Nuclear Explosion Dos and Don’ts

Dangers of nuclear explosions include:

  • Temporary blindness from the bright flash.

  • The blast wave can cause death, injury, and damage to buildings miles from the explosion.

  • Fire and heat can cause death and burns.

  • Radiation exposure can damage the cells in a person’s body and cause radiation sickness, with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, weakness, hair loss, and fever. Some signs and symptoms may occur from minutes to weeks after exposure. The amount of radiation you absorb correlates with how sick you’ll be. Time and distance from the source affect the amount you absorb. Radiation sickness is serious and often fatal.

  • The debris from the explosion is radioactive and can make people sick.

How to prepare for a nuclear explosion:

  • Get inside a building, but stay away from windows. The basement is best. Close fireplace dampers, and turn off air conditioning and heating units.

  • If you’re outside, take cover behind anything that can provide protection from the blast. Lie face down to protect yourself from heat and debris. Don’t touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.

  • Have an emergency supply kit on hand that includes bottled water, packaged foods, medicine, batteries, and a battery powered radio.

What to do if you’re exposed to radiation:

  • Remove clothing and wash your skin and hair.

  • If you become sick, contact your healthcare provider. Listen for announcements from local, state, and federal authorities that it’s safe to leave a secure space before going to the hospital.

Hospitals and Health Care Needs in Ukraine

Doctors in Ukraine are seeing 25 to 45 war traumas every day. They are running short on oxygen, insulin, morphine, and bandages. The power goes out intermittently. There is also a need for tourniquets, anticoagulants, and first aid kits. Cancer patients are being transferred to other medical centers so hospitals can focus on war wounded. Food and water supplies are a concern. More from BMJ.

Vaccines going to waste

Millions of COVID vaccine doses have gone to waste. Some expired. Some were in multidose vials that couldn’t be used completely. Some had to be discarded because of improper storage or broken containers. “I do think finding any way to get the shot in arms, even at the expense of potential wastage, is still important,” says health policy research director Katie Greene in an article from the AP. Public health departments are shuffling supplies among states to find areas that could use the vaccines. Many poorer countries still have low vaccine rates. In Africa, 13 countries have less than 5% of their population fully vaccinated.

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Remember: this post is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis, or the advice of your own physician. Always check with your own physician or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here.


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