The CDC Is Hosting a Briefing On What To Do In a Nuclear War

ashley.rae | January 5, 2018
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While many journalists have been recently expressing apprehension about the alleged possibility of nuclear war with North Korea, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are trying to assuage fears by hosting a discussion on how to respond to the worst-case scenario.

CBS News reports that on Jan. 16, the CDC has a talk scheduled to address the “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation.” While the CDC admits “nuclear detonation is unlikely,” they claim failing to act would have “devastating” consequences. Therefore, the CDC explains the public needs to be informed about what to do if there is a nuclear strike:

Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness.  For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding.

The presentation will be made by medical experts and experts in radiation safety.

Those who do not work for the CDC but would like to attend the event need to have security clearance. It is unclear if the teenagers who are now afraid of nuclear war will have their parents attend the event on their behalf:

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