The US Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has updated its “Nuclear Explosion” public awareness webpage with new information, including how to avoid Covid during a nuclear explosion.
“A nuclear explosion may occur with or without a few minutes warning,” reads the page, which was updated on Friday.
“Fallout is most dangerous in the first few hours after the detonation when it is giving off the highest levels of radiation. It takes time for fallout to arrive back to ground level, often more than 15 minutes for areas outside of the immediate blast damage zones.
To avoid ‘significant radiation exposure,’ FEMA suggests taking the following precautions: “Try to maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people who are not part of your household,” and “If possible, wear a mask if you’re sheltering with people who are not part of your household.”
Furthermore, “If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and inform the operator if you have, or think you have, Covid-19.” Put on a mask if you can before help arrives.”
“Many people already feel fear and anxiety about the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The threat of nuclear explosion can add additional stress,” the message says.