I don't know just what chemical elements compose the radioactive particles which may float on the breeze to our borders. I assume that our fellow citizens will be inhaling one or more of these little nuclear weapons which will be radioactive.
I am not aware that there is an allowable or innocuous dose of such entities.
Is there anything one can do to protect oneself? I know that one can saturate one's thyroid gland with Iodine so that a radioactive iodine particle will not be "taken up" by the thyroid. I wonder what becomes of such a particle floating around in one's bloodstream? Not to mention whatever other radioactive atoms find their way across the ocean and are breathed into our lungs.
Is there some reason our leaders are not warning us to take protective action? Do they want to avert a panic? Is the radioactive cloud being monitored? I would feel better knowing that the jet stream is guiding such a cloud on a trajectory which would avoid the US altogether. But if it does rain down on our farms will some particles find their way into our food or milk!?
I have read articles in the media which suggest that distance, dilution and time would lessen the risks to us. Time! It will not take tens of thousands of years for the particles released from the reactors to reach us. Dilution! Although dosage plays a significant role I do not relish the prospect of imbibing even one radioactive particle which might be enough to do harm (euphemism for to cause cancer.)
Appreciate any thoughts or wisdom you may have.
Edited by gulch8, 12 March 2011 - 06:35 PM.