Why is radiation poisoning contagious?


I know in a general sense what acute radiation poisoning does to the individual, but why can this person not be touched by anyone and kept in extreme isolation?

In: Biology

Might be wrong here… But I was under the impression the isolation was to minimize others coming into contact with any radioactive particles clinging to the target, and then more importantly to keep the victim from getting exposed to germs or viruses until their immune recovers from the radiation induced genocide of their immune system stem cells.

Radiation poisoning isn’t contagious–but it *does* destroy one’s immune system, in severe cases.

The reason they must be kept in isolation is because they’d die from the germs others brought to them.

If something is irradiated it emits radiation. If a person is irradiated they emit radiation. Radiation bad.