The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW): COVID-19 front-liner’s perspective

4 Apr

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Dear colleagues,

It pleases me to share this from COVID-19 front-line.

As commonly known, exposure to radiation causes a variety of alterations to the nucleotide sequence of the genome of an organism, virus, or extrachromosomal DNA. Some of these alterations or mutations may lead to many harmful and dangerous impacts including the development of new unknown series of viruses that may cause a pandemic even more dangerous than the present COVID-19, which was caused by a new strain of coronavirus in humans. This radiation can be caused by any use of nuclear weapons, no matter how small, in any part of the world. So sooner or later radiation will constitute a disastrous human security threat to every part of the world regardless of its location, nationality, religion, race, or color.

As a physician, campaigner, and COVID-19 front-liner, I believe I have to highlight this argument in my efforts to educate the public and governments on the catastrophic consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, such as the destruction of human life, health, and environment. Moreover, the United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons is not only a must but also very urgent.

Take care of yourself, stay safe, stay informed and stay inside.

Ghassan Shahrour, MD

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