Days after President Donald Trump tweeted about big nuclear buttons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it is getting ready for what might happen after one gets pushed. The public health agency is hosting an educational grand rounds session at its Atlanta headquarters to discuss how officials might prepare and react to a nuclear explosion.
The CDC says it’s not doing this because of concerns about any particular politician—American or otherwise. Planning for the session began in April, according to CDC public affairs specialist Kathy Harben. Last year, sessions covered topics like hearing, workplace health and a type of birth defect that is preventable with folic acid supplements.
The nuclear attack session is scheduled for January 16 and will feature speakers from the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and the Georgia Department of Health. Topics will include how data might help shape public health responses and what public health resources might be needed to be prepared. There will be a livestream available on the CDC’s website. Mike Malloy discusses this.