Iodine tablets are sold as hot bread in Denmark

In the wake of the war raging in , the physical and digital sales of iodine tablets have gone through in .

The dramatic increase is driven by people’s fears of some form of nuclear fallout.

“We have gone from selling two to three units a day to up to 40,” Maj Duchnick, Matas’ online store manager, told TV2.

The figure is even more impressive at the subsidiary Helsebixen.dk, which sold more than 600 packages of iodine pills on Sunday alone.

Bought by everyone alike
At Helsebixen.dk, sales of iodine pills now make up 10 percent of total sales. But that is not the only thing that has changed, as the customer profile has also become a bit different.

Until last week, 90 percent of the customers on the website were women. Now, represent about 50 percent of the company’s customers.

The same thing happens in and . All pharmacies and pharmacies sell more iodine tablets than they have ever done before: from the Swedish company Apotea to Apotek 1 in Norway.

There is no need for them yet
“Iodine tablets are useful when you are close to a nuclear accident site, or when a radioactive is on its way,” explains Kresten Breddam, section manager and chief consultant in the Danish and Medicines Authority’s Radiation Protection Unit.

Last week, Russian troops took over the Chernobyl plant, and last night they took the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in the middle of the country. Although there was a minor , it was extinguished before reaching any vital .

No radioactivity is on its way to Denmark, but if that were the case, the tablets sold at the pharmacies would be useless. In case of exposure, only high-dose iodine tablets containing 50 milligrams of iodine will be effective.

Why should you use iodine tablets?
Iodine is an element that is part of a hormone in the thyroid gland.

In the event of a nuclear accident, radioactive iodine can be dispersed into the air and absorbed by our bodies. This can have harmful side effects such as cancer.

High-dose iodine tablets can block the thyroid gland’s uptake of radioactive iodine, thereby limiting the damage that radioactive iodine can cause.

Source: The Nordic Page

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