COVID-19: What Can Past Nuclear Accidents Teach Us?

Published by ISGlobal Series | COVID-19 & response strategy #24 - POLICY & GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT 30th of October 2020

Today ISGlobal published a Policy Brief on Recommendations for COVID and pandemic preparation and response based on lessons learned from past nuclear accidents.

This document was written by members of the SHAMISEN and SICOMORE network projects: Adelaida SarukhanElisabeth Cardis and Liudmila Liutsko (ISGlobal, Spain), Deborah Oughton (CERAD, Norway), Pascal Croüail (CEPN, France) and Friedo Zölzer (University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Check Republic). The document presents recommendations for COVID-19 preparedness, response (including mitigation and control) and long-term follow-up derived from similar recommendations based on lessons learnt from past nuclear accidents for improving health and well-being of affected populations.

The recommendations are based on a holistic approach to health and well-being, taking into account not only the direct health effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection but also the indirect effects of the pandemic and of the measures taken to control it on physical and mental health and social and economic well-being.

This document is a part of the ISGlobal series of discussion notes addressing fundamental questions about the COVID-19 crisis and response strategies. These documents are based on the best scientific information available and may be updated as new information comes to light.