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Im curious if a us military issue gas mask would block radioactive particles from entering your body. Also what biological weapons would it protect you against, which would it not.
With the right cartridge they should offer you protection from most chemical and biological agents.....Although I would not recommend you test them...oldunion said:Im curious if a us military issue gas mask would block radioactive particles from entering your body. Also what biological weapons would it protect you against, which would it not.
They'd stop you from inhaling fine particles of an alpha-emitter.Townsend said:I suppose they would also prevent certain particles from being inhaled but beyond that I don't see how they could offer you any protection from radiation.
Hmm, that doesn't make any sense if true. Weren't gas masks originally designed to protect against chemical weapons used during WWI? One of those was simple chlorine, which is a molecule only slightly larger than oxygen.Andre said:I've been told that gas masks contain highly poreous filter material, traditionally carbon. This filters out micro particles and gasses of more complex structure. So radioactive particle are filtered out which remains behind in the container. It allows simple gasses to pass like air and also the highly poisonous carbon monoxide, therefore this type of protection mask is not suitable for fire fighters who have to deal with that.
That's what I meant, alpha-emitting dust particles, not the alphas themselves. AFAIK that's about the only real health thread of alpha emitters; they get inhaled and they ionize stuff internally.loseyourname said:How, rachmoninoff? How do they manage to filter particles smaller than oxygen molecules, which they must let in? You know what, never mind. You're talking about radioactive debris that emits alpha particles, not the particles themselves right?