What happens to the body when it is exposed to extreme amounts of ionizing radiation?

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Watching the Chernobyl mini series and I want to know what happens to the body during acute radiation sickness occurs. I’m just curious and want to know more about it.

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Simply, it bricks your cells.

High levels of Alpha radiation wont penetrate deep into you, but it will cook your skin in minuets, and cause hemorrhaging and bleeding.

Gamma radiation wont cause such catastrophic damage, but it will penetrate through you and begin to slowly dissolve your cells throughout your body, lungs, heart and veins as well as skin.

Those poor men in the plant were coming apart at the cellular level.

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