Did you know that approximately .2% of people were immune to the Bubonic Plague in the 1300’s? Apparently, I’m the .2% immune to the stomach flu at my house.
Do you know much about the Bubonic Plague? Strangely enough, I do – I’ve read many non-fiction as well as historical novels about the Black Plague. Weird hobby, I know. However, I can’t help but think that my knowledge of the plague helps me avoid sickness whenever everyone in my household gets sick.
Bubonic Plague Fun Facts and Avoidance Tips
- The plague was mostly transmitted through flea bites from rats or other animals. I avoid rats.
- The plague can also evolve into an airborne version. I avoid sick people and their germs.
- Fever, trembling, profuse sweating, and weakness are the initial symptoms of the plague. I immediately quarantine anyone with any symptoms whatsoever into their rooms.
- During the plague years, most European cities’ population was reduced by about 35%. However, there were over 3,000 small towns/villages in France that were completely decimated. The wilderness grew over the streets and manmade structures and reclaimed the Earth. Note to self: Stay out of France.
- The doctors who came to assist the sick during the plague years typically wore a mask that looked similar to a bird’s beak and it was filled with garlic, mint, lemon balm, and other herbs and spices. This mask was designed to protect the doctor from the “putrid air” that was present in sick rooms. I suggest that all people wear SARS masks for the duration of any illness. Hey, if it’s good enough for commuters in heavily-populated Asian cities, it’s good enough for me.
The Stomach Flu Isn’t Quite as Bad as the Plague
Though the stomach flu has an almost 100% recovery rate, the practical Bubonic Plague avoidance tips that I outlined for you above work pretty well in both situations. Here I am – cleaner of vomit, dispenser of fluids, forehead fever-checker, and an all-around 12th-century scullery maid, yet I’m feeling healthy and energized. Follow my tips, and you too can avoid the stomach flu (and the Black Plague.)