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.
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?
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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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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.
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.
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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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