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Europeans are so scared of a nuclear attack they’re panic buying iodine tablets
- Romania Is Handing Out 30 Million Anti-Radiation Pills
by Sophia Smith Galer, https://www.vice.com/en, 22 March 2022
Worried that Russia will launch a nuclear strike, European countries with vivid memories of Chernobyl are preparing.
IAŞI, Romania — Voichiţa Mogoş is pointing at a graph, the same graph she uses to teach medical students about the effects of radiation. It shows the rising incidence of thyroid cancer rates in Belarusian children and teenagers, a brutal legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The lines shoot up the graph like ski slopes.
“This is the fear,” she says. “There are dreadful events happening in our proximity. It’s normal for a responsible government to try and protect and overprotect its population.”
A few miles away, a factory has finished making 30 million iodine pills to protect people against the potential effects of radiation should the worst happen and Russia use nuclear weapons in its war against Ukraine. Moscow has said clearly that all options are on the table, sparking fear in countries that border Ukraine, which still have clear memories of the meltdown at Ukraine’s Chernobyl power plant in 1986.
This state-run pharmaceutical company has rushed the production of radiation pills in response to the war, prioritising pregnant women and children who are most vulnerable to the effects of radiation.
By giving people a dose of iodine just before or just after a nuclear explosion, these pills help protect people from the radioactive iodine released during a nuclear fallout. Preventative iodine doses stop the thyroid gland, which absorbs most of the radiation from any blast, from taking in the radioactive iodine that causes the kinds of thyroid cancers that have devastated nearby populations. These pills don’t protect against other dangers of a nuclear blast, like thermal or physical injuries from the explosion itself or radiation to other areas of the body.
I've just been to 5 different pharmacies here in Norway and it's impossible to get iodine tablets.
All sold out and there are waiting lists.
People are preparing for nuclear war.
I don't think the war mongers out there realize the gravity of the situation.
Worse than cold war
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) February 28, 2022
Nothing to see here. Just collecting the free iodine tablets being handed out by Belgian pharmacies today in case of nuclear disaster. pic.twitter.com/uGNJGSMBQu
— Mary Heimann (@maryheimann) March 4, 2022