CDC wants to gently prepare people for (an unlikely) nuclear war

US CDC to host nuclear strike preparedness presentation

US CDC to host nuclear strike preparedness presentation

"Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness", the CDC says.

The CDC said its briefing, which is scheduled for the afternoon of January 16, will address "planning and preparation efforts" for such a strike.

"While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding". "And I can tell you that it's greater than that of North Korea".

To make it more concerning, this announcement comes a few days after the US President started talking on Twitter once more about nuclear war.

Both Trump and Kim have spoken openly of using nuclear weapons if the situation calls for it. North Korea's Supreme Leader said he had a nuclear button on his desk, with the USA mainland within the range of his weapons.

With this week's bellicose boasting about who has the bigger red button on his desk, an alert Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention felt more than a bit on the nose. The Grand Round briefing will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the CDC Global Communications Center in Georgia and will be webcast live and later available on-demand.


CDC's briefing comes amid increasing threat of a nuclear attack by North Korea with its leader Kim Jong Un threatening in his New Year's speech: "The entire mainland of the USA is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office". "Grand rounds" are a type of meeting or symposium in which members of a public health community come together to discuss topics of interest or public importance.

That tweet by Trump caught the attention of former Vice President Joe Biden who told PBS NewsHour that he is anxious about "fundamental miscalculations" that could lead to nuclear war.

Should Americans worry about nuclear war?

Are you anxious about a potential nuclear war in the near future? "Planning for the Grand Rounds takes place regularly, and planning for this one began last April".

"As part of its mission, CDC provides for the common defense of the country against all health threats", spokesperson Kathy Harben wrote in an email.

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