Nuclear weapons are psychological devices – not radiation devices. Stress can and will kill you long term.
Psychological fears also show up after radiation accidents. Reporting on the impact of the catastrophic 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster 20 years later, the World Health Organization found more psychological than physical fallout among the local population. “Persistent myths and misperceptions about the threat of radiation have resulted in ‘paralyzing fatalism’ among residents of affected areas,” the report said.
“When there is a chronic elevation of stress, hormones can even kill brain cells, particularly in the hippocampus.”