The U.S. government advised Americans to social distance if there were to be a nuclear attack, according to a bulletin issued Feb. 25, 2022.
As part of the bulletin’s warning, individuals are told to get inside the nearest building and remove contaminated clothing that might have come in contact with fallout debris from the attack.
“Go to the basement or middle of the building,” the government advises. “Stay away from the outer walls and roofs. Try to maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people who are not part of your household. If possible, wear a mask if you’re sheltering with people who are not a part of your household.”
While waiting for further instruction, individuals are instructed to remain indoors for 24 hours and “continue to practice social distancing by wearing a mask and by keeping a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people who are not part of your household.”
The bulletin provides an exception for “children under two years old, people who have trouble breathing, and those who are unable to remove masks on their own.”
The director of public affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Jaclyn Rothenberg, said in a statement the language about social distancing had not been updated in response to the Ukraine-Russia situation.
“COVID protocols were originally added in 2020, and pages are now going through reviews to update that language based on new CDC guidance that was just released.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin placed Russian nuclear forces on high alert Sunday, citing “aggressive statements” by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and financial sanctions imposed by several nations. A senior U.S. defense official said Putin is “potentially putting in play forces that, if there’s a miscalculation, could make things much, much more dangerous.”
President Joe Biden ignored questions from reporters Monday about whether he believed Putin would use a nuclear weapon.