Foreign, Science

All Belgians To Get Nuclear Safety Pills

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Belgium will distribute potassium iodide tablets to its entire population as a safety measure, in the event of a nuclear meltdown, a nuclear detonation, or the explosion of a “dirty bomb” (a radiological weapon that combines a conventional explosive with radioactive material.)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, potassium iodide is a salt of iodine, which can help block radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland, the part of the body most sensitive to the toxin.

h/t: NBC


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