As Chernobyl's Legacy Endures, Here's What To Know About Radiation Sickness
In April of 1986, a nuclear reactor in the town of Chernobyl, Ukraine, blew up. The explosion affected residents within a 200-mile radius for decades to come. According to Business Insider, the symptoms of radiation poisoning include nausea, vomiting, infections, diarrhea, and low blood pressure, and can lead to cancer or death if left untreated. Since early symptoms of acute radiation poisoning are similar to the symptoms of other more common diseases, it can be difficult to detect the illness early on. But if someone believes they are affected, doctors can do blood tests to gauge whether they need treatment. It can take a few weeks to two years to fully recover.
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