In last week’s article, we talked about the positive impact the nuclear industry is making to help combat the COVID pandemic. We will continue with the benefits of nuclear technologies during this pandemic. Before that, we will take some time to say thank you to our frontliners in this fight. It is evident that we are winning by the day. We are also grateful to everyone for making the effort to stay at home in order to minimise the spread of the diseases. We can only win this by working together. We say a big thank you to you all!!!
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The global pandemic has necessitated dramatic action to be taken in all aspects of life globally and the nuclear industry is no different. The nuclear industry is assessing measures to safeguard their workforce and implementing business continuity plans to ensure continuous operation of key aspects of their businesses.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is providing diagnostic kits, equipment and training in nuclear-derived detection techniques to countries asking for assistance in tackling the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19. The assistance, requested by 14 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, is part of intensified global efforts to contain infections.
NRG, a Netherlands based internationally operating nuclear service provider, has regularly produced isotopes. NRG, through its Petten nuclear research reactors in Petten, Netherlands, produces several isotopes for medical applications, including molybdenum technetium, which is used exclusively for diagnostics. Other medical isotopes produced by NRG include lutetium-177, iridium-192, and strontium-89. NRG in precisely addressing the coronavirus has said: “Our social role for the 30,000 patients who are helped daily with the medical isotopes from Petten is of enormous importance. We will make every effort to continue to provide this. We are discussing this with all partners throughout the production chain. We will also try to continue our nuclear services in other sectors as well as possible. We are confident that we will work this out together. Take care of yourself and each other!”
” In China, industrial irradiation facilities were made available for the treatment of medical supplies, not only to destroy the coronavirus, but also to disinfect and sterilize medical supplies to remove any other virus or bacteria. In Russia, irradiation facilities have sterilized 7,853,480 medical masks as of April 28, as well as 151,000 portable lab kits to test for COVID-19.
Ontario Power Generation (OPG), which operates the Pickering and Darlington nuclear power stations in the province, is utilizing 3D printing technology to produce plastic face shields for health-care workers. The company has partnered with Ontario Tech University in Oshawa to fast-track the production of the shields.
We are in darks time and it is heart-warming to see professionals from all walks of life and different fields making tremendous efforts in fighting this pandemic. Nuclear energy in this situation has proven to us again that, its applications are beneficial to mankind. 我们正处于一个黑暗的时刻，看到来自各行各业和不同领域的专业人员为抗击这一流行病作出巨大努力，这让我们在黑暗中感受到了一丝温馨。核能在这种情况下再次向我们证明，它的应用对人类是有益的
SOURCE: www.powermag.com, World Nuclear Association Writer: Yvonne Sefakor Dzovor Editor: Priscilla Oforiwaa Designers: Zhang Jing & Zhang Chao Translation : Zhang Chao
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