You’ll Probably Catch One of These 5 Infections When The SHTF

James Walton
By James Walton January 27, 2017 14:42

You’ll Probably Catch One of These 5 Infections When The SHTF

The quiet war that will be waged after any catastrophe will be that of an invisible killer.

While the fires rage and the stores are looted outside you will also be battling food and waterborne diseases that are more than capable of killing anyone.

Many of these diseases plague less advanced parts of the world and we need only look to them for examples of what happens to a society without easy access to clean water.

If trash services cease, water treatment stops, power goes out and meds disappear …  these five infections will likely become common…  and you can become infected.

1. Salmonella (Food Borne)

One of the most common food borne bacteria salmonella is most commonly associated with chickens or poultry. In an unclean world where homes and even meat processing is done by untrained individuals this food-borne illness will skyrocket. Salmonella can kill you in very similar ways as cholera. This is a bacterium that we struggle to control in our world today. Imagine dealing with it in a fallen world.

2. Diarrhea

Diarrhea is the most common illness that people get after disasters. Not only that in some rare cases it is deadly, but it is certain to dehydrate you and make things even worse. I always stock a few extra tablets of Loperamide HCl (2 mg). Our grandparents always had remedies for a runny stomach. Do you know how to immediately treat it with vinegar lemonade?

Read More: 5 Home Remedies for Diarrhea

3. Cholera

This is a disease born of tainted drinking water. This is a massive problem in underdeveloped nations. Once water treatment shuts down and we are left to purify our own water cholera will begin killing people. Diarrhea and vomiting are the most common symptoms as well as abdominal cramps. People often die from massive dehydration brought on by the infection.

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4. Tetanus

All over the nation people will be tasked with using their hands and doing physical labor. Whether its building or repairing many Americans have no idea where to start. Frustrated and inexperienced people will cut themselves on rusty metal and other contaminated surfaces. A tetanus infection will bring them a tightening of muscles and possible swelling of the neck that could result in suffocation.

5. E. coli

Most commonly attributed to raw beef the E. coli bacteria are present in your gut as we speak. The issues start when these bacteria reach dangerous levels. E. coli can get ugly fast and cause things like kidney failure or even anemia. One of the most common ways E. coli bacteria are spread is through feces… so low hygiene, no clean water…  this will be very common.

Related: Homemade Substitutes for Toilet Paper

Stockpile Bleach

One of the best nonfood items to store is bleach. Bleach is a multi-use chemical that can help you in so many ways post disaster. We always think of water purification when it comes to bleach and survival. That is one of the most powerful things bleach can do for you.

Related: 30 Survival Items You Forgot to Buy

What you may not know about bleach is that many businesses use a bleach solution to sanitize tools and food contact surfaces. This is completely legal and commonly practiced. Once you have reached a scenario where the world is awash in filth you will want to make sure where you prepare food is completely sanitized at all times.

Utilizing a bleach solution to clean counter tops, utensils and storage containers is a great way to eliminate many of the bacteria we mentioned above. Also, use this solution to clean your bathrooms as well. Remember E. coli originates in feces and though that’s disgusting it’s the truth. These areas must be kept clean.

Personal hygiene is the dark horse of the collapse scenario. Many people concern themselves with things like violence and chaos. More people will die from unsanitary living conditions and unsafe water than anything else. This is not a lofty prediction. Look at other places on the planet that have experience similar situations.

Did you know that during WWI twice more people died from Influenza than on the battlefield? An estimated 675,000 Americans died of influenza during the pandemic, ten times as many as in the war. Of the U.S. soldiers who died in Europe, half of them fell to the influenza virus and not to the enemy.

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James Walton
By James Walton January 27, 2017 14:42
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  1. left coast chuck January 27, 16:57

    Also typhus which is carried by body lice. Plague carried by fleas. Rats and mice will proliferate in an EOTW situation. More comments about bleach after I do some further research.

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  2. Wannabe January 27, 17:09

    Good reminder, need to get more bleach

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    • vocalpatriot January 28, 16:03

      calcium hypochlorite (pool shock) without additives in one pound bags. one bag will last a loooong time and clean lots more than many gallons of common bleach.

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      • USAEAGLE January 30, 17:34

        Can you add it to water that has been stored, or collected for drinking???
        To kill bacteria?

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        • Mr.Eman January 30, 19:15

          Yes It only takes a little. A bag will treat a swimming pool. A bag of pool shock is only about 50% and has other ingredients. Best to order pure calcium hypochlorite on EBAY or Amazon.

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      • Sam February 1, 06:37

        Pool Shock is only 68%, you can purchase on Ebay for example 99%,

        Calcium Hypochlorite 99% PURE MIN. [Ca(OCl)2] 1 X 1lb Bottle = 10,000ga

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  3. scooter January 27, 18:36

    Don’t buy bleach. Has a 6 month shelf-life at 100%. Get Pool Shock or equivalent. Way less space, more effective and shelf life of years.

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  4. mszw2 January 27, 19:06

    I thought bleach loses its strength after awhile. So how long will I be able to keep it?

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  5. Wannabe January 27, 19:53

    I checked out scooters comment and it does have a shelf life. Glad I didn’t buy a bunch of it for long term storage. Thanks for heads up

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  6. M. January 27, 20:02

    Also, while bleach is good, hydrogenperoxide is also a good disinfectant. especially 35% which can be diluted.

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    • Nubameme January 27, 21:27

      Food Grade 35% hydrogen peroxide even has medicinal applications that the regular H2O2 does not due to preservatives.

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    • Farmer January 27, 23:20

      Peroxide is good, but the higher concentrations are nothing to be casual about in handling. I had some gallons of 17% kept in a climate controlled area and the containers literally turned brittle and dumped the contents. Get it on you skin and you have a problem. As Scooter says above – get pool shock and mix your own “bleach” when needed. Like pool chlorine, pool shock is a terrific oxidizer and needs to be sealed up tightly .. or all your steel tools will rust.

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      • Sandy January 28, 11:19

        I’ve kept 35% food-grade H2O2 in my refrigerator for years, reusing the same (plastic) container (wrapped in foil to keep out light). The container is still flexible after 8 years, so perhaps it depends on the type of plastic from which the container is made. My container has a recycling designation of #2 if that helps.

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  7. MomNettlesB January 27, 20:41

    Any one have experience with bleach substitutes such as “pool-shock” and equine stall cleaners?

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    • Illini Warrior January 28, 16:54

      OK for general sanitizing purposes – same same with all the pool shocks – but absolutely NOT for sanitizing for potable (drinking) water ….

      the calcium hypochlorite (pool shock) for potable water is specific for the purpose …. good advise is to stock in this direction and use it also for the downgraded purposes ….

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  8. Janie January 27, 20:48

    I work in a hospital environment so I know how important bleach is. Just remember this, bleach will lose it’s strength after 6 months. I would suggest that you stock the powdered or granule type bleach like you use in pools. This kind of bleach stays good a long time just be sure to get the right kind. Do your research!

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  9. PB- dave January 27, 21:33

    A lot of good conversation. Make us think about cleanliness, food prep, sanitation, first-aid, etc…
    When even a scratch or small cut could escalate to a serious situation, simple items like, bleach, alcohol, soap, ointments, etc…, can be life savers.

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  10. Sandy January 28, 11:14

    Colloidal silver has not yet been mentioned. In a post-SHTF scenario, if you can assemble a makeshift still and distill your water, you’ve got a leg up already. Then, if you were smart &/or lucky enough to have rechargeable batteries and a solar power source (or bicycle/human power), you can make your own (ionic) colloidal silver.

    Right now all the marketing glitz is toward the nanoparticulate and atomic-scale colloidal silver, but if you’ve got a case of the runs, it’s great to be able to down an ounce of (ionic, home-made) colloidal silver and watch the symptoms fade away. Washing out puncture wounds with colloidal silver will disinfect and prevent tetanus.

    Cutting boards and countertops can be sanitized with colloidal silver spray, without having to rinse them off afterward (better than bleach). Plus, bleach is chlorine, which is a halogen and inhalation or ingestion of it has undesirable health consequences.

    Just a tiny bit of silver will make many gallons of colloidal silver (the distilled water will be the larger challenge). Right now silver’s under $20 an ounce; a good time to buy a couple of ounces and download the plans to make your own colloidal silver (ionic) from a simple battery-powered circuit.

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    • Nubmaeme January 28, 14:24

      You are so right about colloidal silver. It seems like nothing can live in the presence of colloidal silver.
      We have so many medicinal uses for it.

      To make ours, we use .9999 silver wire instead of ingots or coins since they have other metals in them to harden them so they keep their shape. For the price of one bottle of commercially-made colloidal silver, we can make gallons of the stuff. If you are on a septic tank, you have to be careful how much colloidal silver gets washed down the drain. It can kill the beneficial bacteria in the tank and cause all kinds of problems.

      My go-to cleaner is undiluted white vinegar. I use it for nearly everything even in the laundry in the place of fabric softener.

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  11. Hoosier January 28, 12:43

    Vodka has a lot of applications also and will be better than cash when the “shtf”.

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  12. Uncle T January 28, 14:39

    All through my life, I’m 69, we have used a cup of bleach in 5 gal. of water to rid ourselves of chiggers. Just wet the body everywhere with a rag or sponge and then air dry. Worked for all of us and we cut, bailed, and hauled hay. Walked in the pasture to get livestock in, and hunted year round. Also if you want to keep chiggers and ticks from getting on you. Prior to being exposed, rub sulphur powder on you legs from the top of ;your socks to your knees, on your forearms, and around your neck up to your hairline and over your ears. If I am going to be walking in weeds, I also cover my pants legs, and belt line.

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  13. Mr.eman January 28, 15:36

    Dry bleach, AKA calcium hypochlorite is the active ingredient in pool shock but is only at about 50% concentration. You can order pure calcium hypochlorite on ebay for less money. I keep mine in a plastic coffee can as it will rust a metal can. The jug of bleach in the laundry just gets a little added to it as needed so I never buy bleach.

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    • Illini Warrior January 28, 17:01

      you need better storage for that pool shock – it off gases to the point of pressuring off something like that coffee can lid …

      you need a gasketed lid also – lid that is screw on and has a tension locking mechanism …. this kind of container is wide thru the pool industry – check with a distributor or pool owner ….

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      • Mr.Eman January 29, 01:41

        I have not had a problem with the coffee can lid popping off or a chlorine oder in the cabinet.
        As a side note I also keep idoine crystals for water purification and they are a problem. At first I kept them in a glass jar with a metal lid and they ate a hole in the lid.

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  14. vocalpatriot January 28, 16:08

    If you’re going to get pool shock as a replacement to common bleach, be sure to get the highest concentration of calcium hypochlorite available. and with no other additives like algicide or something.

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  15. Illini Warrior January 28, 17:09

    if you’re prepping for pandemic type SHTFs – the simple quart spray bottles and sanitizing wipes will get the small jobs done – but the common garden pump up sprayers are the go to tool for handling a vehicle or an entire room/home ….

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  16. Mark January 29, 03:00

    I see a lot of comments recommending pool shock (calcium hypochlorite). This is a good recommendation. Just be aware that this compound is a super concentrated oxidizer.
    Store it in a sealed container, and DO NOT allow it to come in contact with the smallest amount of any petroleum based product (oil, brake fluid, diesel, fuel oils). Check out vids on Youtube about the reactions between pool shock and brake fluid.
    Even allowing two different types of pool shock to mix can be dangerous.
    Read the instructions, and exercise caution.

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  17. Jean-Michel January 29, 11:09

    le chlore choc des piscines contient des anti-algues (risque de cancer). La teinture d’iode peut servir comme désinfectant mais tache tout.

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  18. Steven G January 30, 08:36

    I bought a colloidal generator last year ($125.00) that employs a bidirectional current which electronically changes the positive and negative positions. The pulse induced by the polarity change, in efect, causes the silver particles to be electrokinetically stirred. This inhibits clumping and essentially gives it an extremely long shelf life. And you can set the desired PPM. I set mine at 10 PPM.

    Consider the ebola outbreak in Africa. Strange that the 2014 ebola outbreaks that started (untraditionally) in four countries, there just happened to be US bio-weapons labs in three of them. It wasn’t the classical hemorrhagic ebola virus of the past either, but one that was bio-engineered. Also, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA – part of the Department of Defense) tested nano-silver in 1999 and disclosed (declassified in 2009 (FOIA)) that definitively, Nano Silver 10 PPM supports normal cell membrane integrity and stops ebola dead in its tracks.

    Ironically, the FDA itself raised the concern about Colloidal Silver getting into the environment where it would likely interfere with the ecology “by killing amoeba in vast quantities”, which is total BS. So typical of the FDA (Fraud and Death Administration) to try and discredit nanosilver; favoring corporate profit as opposed to saving lives where it should really matter.

    One more thing. During that period, a WHO representative publically announced that any and all options (cures) that anyone or agency would like to try would be automatically approved by Who… (anything that is, except Nano Silver because it works.)
    Well, President Koroma ejected the WHO Representative for trying to stop Nano Silver 10 PPM from getting to Ebola-Torn Sierra Leone… and lives were saved and the media was suddenly silenced.

    The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA – part of the Department of Defense) tested nano-silver in 1999 and disclosed (declassified in 2009) that definitively, Nano Silver 10 PPM supports normal cell membrane integrity and stops ebola dead in its tracks.

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    • USAEAGLE January 30, 17:49

      Hi. Can you please email me the website you bought the colloidal generator?
      Thank you,
      Heidi

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    • Anna March 21, 07:20

      I would like to hear more about this as I am a paranoid mother about everything LOL especially brain eating amoeba’s viruses that cannot be cured or so they say we have a bottle of colonial silver that we use every once in a while usually just if we get sick or have a small cut a burn we used to also use that red iodine when I was a kid and we have food grade peroxide that we wash our foods and vegetables with it’s extremely strong burns your skin turns white even diluted with water it’s still strong I think it’s 35% my mom had bought it she drinks it very diluted and I have had everyone’s a while but it does not taste that great but it’s supposed to be really good for you I have been looking into how to really protect our tapwater from getting amoeba I know the city says there’s chlorine in the water but I just don’t trust that there is always enough and then chlorine is also bad for you we do not drink our tapwater anyways but with kids you know brushing their teeth are taking baths it’s easy to get a little bit in your nose I always put sea salt in there bathtubs a couple of handfuls I am not sure if that does enough I never thought about colonial silver if it would kill amoeba nor did Try putting any peroxide in the water because of their private parts and I am Not sure if it would burn or be bad. PS sorry for not having any commas or periods I’m obviously talk texting in the middle of the night LOL and don’t want to stop to go back and Correct it

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    • Anna March 21, 07:29

      Also I think it’s called MMS for curing a lot of stuff there’s a whole interview video on it and viruses but it helps and just keep your immune system strong to fight off all kinds of stuff I heard that they used it to cure malaria in Africa and the Red Cross tried To keep it hush-hush they were the ones who tried it and it worked it Try looking it up on YouTube you’ll see the interview with the Guy who uses it I think he’s a doctor or Is in holistic practice

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  19. Beachmom January 30, 21:20

    The problem with stockpiling bleach is that it becomes ineffective after only a few months. Having an extra four month supply on hand that you rotate is a great idea. Pool shock can be stored longer. Everyone should learn about using the sun to purify drinking water in water bottles and learning how to distil.

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  20. Beachmom January 30, 21:23

    Who put on those bugs on their skin to be photographed! Ack! 8-0

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