I had just been forwarded this message from an unknown number when I came across City Weekend’s write up. Mine read “BBC FLASHNEWS: Japan govt confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plants. Asian countries should take necessary precautions. If rain comes, remain indoors first 24hrs. Close doors & windows. Swab neck skin with betadine where thyroid area is, radiation hits thyroid first. Take extra precautions. Radiation may hit Phillipine at starting 4pm today. Pls send to your friends.” I’m not sure how it jumped the Filipino-Sina divide, but if you receive the message too, please DO NOT send it on. The last thing anyone needs is useless panic over cancerous weather (especially in rainy Shanghai). Plus, in case of fallout, betadine (a common antiseptic) is about as useful as putting your head under a pillow to combat radiation. Your best bet is the much harder to procure prophylactic potassium iodide.