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Doctor insights on: Chemical Weapons

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Chemical Weapons (Overview)

Chemical weapons are any weapon that releases chemicals into the air or water supply in order to cause illness or death.


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Who has chemical weapons.?

Who has chemical weapons.?

Assume many do: If any government or crackpot group were to use chemical weapons on their enemies today, the full wrath of all the civilized nations and most of the not-very-civilized nations would come down on them. A single kook could spray a bus with phosgene or a nut cult could kill a few dozen people in a city. These people are crazy but not stupid and realize that this would be self-defeating. ...Read more

Chemical Weapons (Overview)

Chemical weapons are any weapon that releases chemicals into the air or water supply in order to cause illness or death.


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If chemical weapons are all arround us does it mean it's all over?

No: Anyone who would use them on an outside enemy today would bring down the fury of every civilized and almost every not-so-civilized nation. A single kook could spray a bus with phosgene, or a terrorist cell could deploy them in a city at any time and kill at least a few dozen people. But the bad guys know this would self-defeating & i think this is why we haven't seen it. ...Read more

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Can the HIV virus have originated from human experiments with chemical weapons.?

Can the HIV virus have originated from human experiments with chemical weapons.?

No: Hiv is a virus and humans could not have created it with chemicals. It likely spread from primates to humans. ...Read more

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If there's a shooter, and I know where a weapon is, should I get it?

If there's a shooter, and I know where a weapon is, should I get it?

Quick decisions: Grab a weapon only if convenient. If you happen to see a sharp object you can carry while running, grab it. Do not waste time looking for one of these when you could be running. This is only for a worse-case scenario when you are unable to escape the shooters. ...Read more

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What can be used as a weapon in a typical workplace, if there's a shooter inside?

What can be used as a weapon in a typical workplace, if there's a shooter inside?

Look around the room: Look around the room where you're hiding and find anything that you can use as a weapon. It can be a stapler or sharp scissors you find in the teacher's desk, the hot coffee in the kitchen of your office, or anything that is sharp, heavy, or made of glass. Even small thrown objects can delay a gunman if a large group of people work together. ...Read more

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Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Does russia possess some of the newest and deadliest biological weapons?

Probably: The soviet union had a well paid biological weapons development department there is little reason to assume that the break up of the communist system meant the elimination of these programs. The current government is unlikely to publicize such efforts. ...Read more

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Is there an occupation developing viral/biological weapons?

Is there an occupation developing viral/biological weapons?

Of course: In countries with advanced capabilities, this is certainly going on all of the time both for offensive and defensive purposes. Few are likely to publicize or discuss these activities; they remain seriously controlled state secrets. ...Read more

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Should I carry mask in middle east in case of biological weapons?

Should I carry mask in middle east in case of biological weapons?

No: Doubt it would have any benefit against a weaponized biological agent or a neurotoxin. You would need a biohazard set up or specialized mask to work. Thankfully the chance of such an attack is exceedingly small unless you plan on traveling into syria which would be a foolish idea. ...Read more

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What should I do if a student or coworker talks about shooting people or bringing a weapon to school or work?

Remain alert: Report any suspicious activity. You may prevent a disaster by doing so. Many shooters often announce their plans ahead of schedule. Do not take their behavior lightly or as a joke. ...Read more