What is radiation?

What is radiation?

We are all naturally exposed to background radiation from radon, a colourless, odourless gas found in soil, water and air. Unnatural sources of exposure such as medical X-rays deliver about 10 days’ worth of naturally occurring radiation.

Symptoms of radiation sickness occur when the body is damaged by a very large dose of radiation over a short period of time. Workers at a nuclear power plant or emergency responders on site of a nuclear disaster are at greatest risk of exposure to high levels of radiation.

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