While this very important commentary by John Whitehead over at the Rutherford Institute titled "American Idiocracy: 50 Years Later, We're Still Stranded In The Twilight Zone" opens with a question that is hard to deny in 2019, "Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone?", his excellent story doesn't touch upon several new signs we're being cast back into the 'Middle Ages' this very moment that we'll address within this ANP story.
While Whitehead's story focuses upon the very real abuses by 'big government' and the 'police state' that are growing more brutal and more unjust and more corrupt and even more idiotic, more perverse, and more outlandish by the day, while warning that our government has become a 'kakistocracy' (a government run by unprincipled career politicians, corporations and thieves that panders to the worst vices in our nature and has little regard for the rights of American citizens), it doesn't touch at all on the fact that another 'Twilight Zone' theme playing out is America's return to time where we're now suffering from diseases previously eradicated here, diseases from the 'Medieval Ages' as Scientific American had reported in this March 15th story.
With unchecked illegal immigration flooding cities in our nation with a mass of humanity, leading to infectious diseases that devastated populations in the Middle Ages resurging in cities in California and elsewhere around the country, while hitting homeless populations particularly hard as Summit News had reported in this recent story, the fact that cities across the nation have allowed their streets to be turned into public restrooms, with junkies and the homeless defecating in them and then sleeping nearby, has largely led to this public health crisis with outbreaks of Shigella bacteria and Hepatitis A, both are which are caused by exposure to feces, are on the increase in Southern California, New Mexico, Ohio and Kentucky, “primarily among people who are homeless or use drugs.”
The man at Mount Sinai died after 90 days in the hospital, but C. auris did not. Tests showed it was everywhere in his room, so invasive that the hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it.
“Everything was positive — the walls, the bed, the doors, the curtains, the phones, the sink, the whiteboard, the poles, the pump,” said Dr. Scott Lorin, the hospital’s president. “The mattress, the bed rails, the canister holes, the window shades, the ceiling, everything in the room was positive.”
C. auris is so tenacious, in part, because it is impervious to major antifungal medications, making it a new example of one of the world’s most intractable health threats: the rise of drug-resistant infections.
Infectious diseases—some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages—are resurging in California and around the country, and are hitting homeless populations especially hard.
Los Angeles recently experienced an outbreak of typhus—a disease spread by infected fleas on rats and other animals—in downtown streets. Officials briefly closed part of City Hall after reporting that rodents had invaded the building.
People in Washington state have been infected with Shigella bacteria, which is spread through feces and causes the diarrheal disease shigellosis, as well as Bartonella quintana, which spreads through body lice and causes trench fever.
Hepatitis A, also spread primarily through feces, infected more than 1,000 people in Southern California in the past two years. The disease also has erupted in New Mexico, Ohio and Kentucky, primarily among people who are homeless or use drugs.
Public health officials and politicians are using terms like “disaster” and “public health crisis” to describe the outbreaks, and they warn that these diseases can easily jump beyond the homeless population.
“Our homeless crisis is increasingly becoming a public health crisis,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in his State of the State speech in February, citing outbreaks of hepatitis A in San Diego County, syphilis in Sonoma County and typhus in Los Angeles County. “Typhus,” he said. “A medieval disease. In California. In 2019.”
The diseases have flared as the nation’s homeless population has grown in the past two years: About 553,000 people were homeless at the end of 2018, and nearly one-quarter of homeless people live in California.
So with homelessness, much of it caused by unchecked immigration, clearly the 'vector' for the spread of these diseases once eradicated in America to return, why are we allowing in so many? Once again, from the Scientific American story.:
The diseases spread quickly and widely among people living outside or in shelters, fueled by sidewalks contaminated with human feces, crowded living conditions, weakened immune systems and limited access to health care.
“The hygiene situation is just horrendous” for people living on the streets, said Dr. Glenn Lopez, a physician with St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, who treats homeless patients in Los Angeles County. “It becomes just like a Third World environment where their human feces contaminate the areas where they are eating and sleeping.”
Those infectious diseases are not limited to homeless populations, Lopez warned. “Even someone who believes they are protected from these infections are not.”
At least one Los Angeles city staffer said she contracted typhus in City Hall last fall. And San Diego County officials warned in 2017 that diners at a well-known restaurant were at risk of hepatitis A.
There were 167 cases of typhus from Jan. 1, 2018, through Feb. 1 of this year, up from 125 in 2013 and 13 in 2008, according to the California Public Health Department.
Typhus is a bacterial infection that can cause a high fever, stomach pain and chills but can be treated with antibiotics. Outbreaks are more common in overcrowded and trash-filled areas that attract rats.
The recent typhus outbreak began last fall, when health officials reported clusters of the flea-borne disease in downtown Los Angeles and Compton. They also have occurred in Pasadena, where the problems are likely due to people feeding stray cats carrying fleas.
As the Organic Prepper emphasized just days ago when reporting upon this Kaiser Health study that was also the reference of the Scientific American story, "these diseases will eventually spread to the public". Warning us also within their story "don't be fooled into thinking you are safe from these diseases", they then ask us to imagine what things will be like when these diseases are widespread when SHTF.
If outbreaks like these are beginning to spread among the population now, can you imagine what things will be like if the SHTF? If you think it can’t happen here, you’d be mistaken.
Then going on to outline for us within their story several very recent events where TEOTWAWKI had arrived and brought along with it just these kinds of illnesses and diseases, their story also reminds us of why we are all only 'one huge event' away from a SHTF scenario ourselves and all of the disruption and chaos that comes along with it.:
In the article Venezuela Faces the Return of Forgotten Diseases, Jose explained that tuberculosis, diptheria, ehrlichiosis (a tropical variation of Lyme disease), and leishmaniasis are spreading quickly and are hard to treat due to the lack of medication and proper nutrition.
As Lizzie Bennett explained in Disease: 10 Conditions That Will Become Far More Common After A Collapse, “Many diseases are opportunists, they will surface at a time the conditions are right for them to flourish and most often this is at a time when humans really could do with concentrating on other stuff.” She goes on to outline ten diseases (typhoid is one of them) “that will make their presence felt after a major, long term, disaster be it war, societal collapse or in some cases even an economic downturn.”
And with no signs of these problems getting better and every sign they'll get worse in the months and years ahead, we've long reported on ANP that those who are able should get as far away from the cities as possible should worst case scenarios play out as big cities will instantly become death traps in any real SHTF scenario due in large part to population density.
The diseases sometimes get the “medieval” moniker because people in that era lived in squalid conditions without clean water or sewage treatment, said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine and public health at UCLA.
People living on the streets or in homeless shelters are vulnerable to such outbreaks because their weakened immune systems are worsened by stress, malnutrition and sleep deprivation.
Many also have mental illness and substance abuse disorders, which can make it harder for them to stay healthy or get health care.
So what are we to do in this world of ours gone mad should such 'medievel diseases' arrive in our neck of the woods? Knowing in full that when TEOTWAWKI arrives upon our shores, one of the very last things that we'll be able to rely upon will be the public health system, we've long believed that we should prepare ourselves to be our own doctors.
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