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In an essay published by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), retired Major Gen. Julie Benz discusses the Coronavirus, pointing out that lessons learned from the experience could prove beneficial in the future.

As reported by, Bentz’s article reviewed dozens of feedbacks and concluded that there is still room for improvement when it comes to preparing for a catastrophic public nuclear disaster. An example of an emergency is the possibility of dirty bombs or the use of improvised nuclear devices in densely populated areas.

Our experience with the plague that invaded our lives at the end of 2019 has demonstrated the importance of effective communication in facilitating understanding and cooperation between different public authorities. Accurate information will be essential in case of an emergency. Beyond that, disasters in the future will require both a high level of resilience to disinformation, and the support of both the state and community-based organizations. 

The plague has continuously led to improvements in the adaptation of the public health system. Therefore, Benz asserts, training, formulating action plans, and providing resources are vital for preparation for future nuclear disasters.