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When society collapses, you are far more likely to be killed by disease than by human violence

by Robert Jonathan, Natural News:

In a societal collapse, about which Natural News founder Mike Adams has discussed in several essays, the conventional wisdom in some quarters is that looters and other violent bandits pose the primary threat to law-abiding citizens.

It could even be like the criminal shakedown enterprise run by the villainous Negan (the dude carrying around the barbed-wired-covered baseball bat) and his band of thugs known as the Saviors as portrayed on The Walking Dead zombie apocalypse TV show.

According to the colorfully named SHFT plan website, physical violence is a second-tier concern in a mass social chaos situation, however, which may or may not be reassuring or less depressing. “During the most tumultuous times in human history, it wasn’t violence that killed the most people, but disease and starvation.”

With that in mind, here are the nightmarish ways you are most likely going to die miserably if or when society comes apart at the seams, as originally detailed by Joshua Krause for

In other words, “So before you blow your entire prepping budget on guns and body armor, consider some of the many unglorified ways that the collapse of society could cut you down,” Krause advises.

  • Tuberculosis, staph, typhoid or other superbugs that are increasingly impervious to antibiotics.
  • Contaminated water, leading to a host of nasty water-borne diseases.
  • Disease-carrying mosquitoes and rats. “Rats will carry the hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, and the plague; and in North America, mosquitoes will most likely be carrying dengue fever.”
  • Respiratory diseases brought on by minimal shelter in cold weather.
  • Malnutrition when a survivor’s diet lacks proper protein, vitamins, and minerals, thereby leaving the immune system exposed. “In a roundabout way, malnutrition would probably be the leading cause of disease after the SHTF.”
  • Decomposing, infected dead bodies piled up everywhere.
  • Disease generally. “In fact, many believe that disease would be the real killer if the world fell apart and would dwarf the number of casualties caused by violence.”

So what’s a prepper, or even a would-be prepper, to do? (Related:(RELATED: Read about more prepping at

“Prepping to prevent disease and infection is a lost less intimidating, and a lot more affordable than preparing to face-off against your fellow-man. In fact, it’s as simple as stocking up on very general supplies that you should be accumulating anyway. Having plenty of food, toiletries, basic medical supplies, and water purification tools, will go a long way toward keeping you safe from the ravages of disease,” Krause recommends.

In a related issue, Mike Adams has warned that the current, safe-spaced-out generation snowflake, in particular, is incapable of surviving a collapse of civilization, given a lack of real-world skills, physical stamina, or mental fortitude. Presumably, the country’s older cohorts will prove to be more resourceful in a crisis scenario that hopefully will never happen. No one knows for sure how he or she would react amidst a societal breakdown, but Adams argues that those who live in the country are more equipped with the skills and instincts to overcome a catastrophe.

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1 comment to When society collapses, you are far more likely to be killed by disease than by human violence

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Yes, history shows that diseases almost always kill more people than wars. (only recently have our war machines been “on par” with diseases when it comes to killing massive numbers of people.)

    Blea ch bleach bleach may become one of the top things to stack in your preps, and water filters, and then some drugs.

    Once the diseases start to sweep through the city / suburbs, it’s going to be very bad.

    I’d advise people to stay away from the 2 places where you are MOST likely to catch a disease from an already sick & dieing number of people.

    1= stay away from hospitals, doctors, clinics. (these places will be filled with the walking dead, contagious victims who will be infecting everybody around them. Medical care staff will be walking repositories of every bacteria and virus that walks in the door.

    2= stay away from CHURCHES or church groups.
    (if you can’t figure out WHY, then you’re too dumb to survive.) Hint= when people are afraid they are dieing, they run to the doctor, and they run to the church to pray for- hope / salvation / forgiveness / healing.

    it would also be a good idea to stay away from “Party establishments” (bars, clubs, hookers, etc, BECAUSE there is always a big number of people who want to “go out with a bang”, or to DROWN their sorrows in a bottle of booze to help fight the depression of their situation.

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