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The History of Pandemics and the Paralleled Way They Where Fought

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Beginning with early history (about 541 CE), an ominous pandemic struck the earth. It began it’s stretch in Egypt; thriving on the backs of black rats that fed upon grain intended for the celebration of the Emperor Justinian. Fleas they were! Fleas traveling from rat to rat and from person to person; infecting all they came in contact with.

From Egypt these fleas and rats traveled with the grain aboard ships into Constantinople. From there the disease called Yersenia Pestis. Also know as The Plague reached pandemic proportions. The plague killed from 30 to 50 million people around the globe.

How to stop The Plague was unknown. All that could be understood was to stay away from other people, in order to avoid catching the plague. That’s right. Social distancing!

The Plague seemingly vanished. Yet, the coast was not clear. The Plague returned in Europe in 1347. This time it was called The Black Plague. As before, The Black Plague traveled aboard ships around the world. It claimed the lives of 200 million people.

Having no solution, the authorities decided to detain all arriving sailors aboard their ships for 30 days. Yes! You’ve got it! Quarantined! So, now, we have social distancing and quarantining happening in as early as, 541 CE and 1347.

Every 20 years, this same disease would resurface and claim the lives, of least, 20 percent of the European population. This continued on, into 1665. The last plague killed about 100,000 London citizens.

This crucial and devastating time warranted people to retain the sick within their homes with red crosses painted on their doors. All social gatherings, banned. Does it sound familiar? With that alone, the last Black Plague ended.

There has also been, in far, yet, more recent history types of plagues that may not have originate by normal, natural direct human contact. However, their journey from person to person was much the same. Small Pox, Cholera, to name two. Let’s not forget Influenza and Pneumonia. Influenza and Pneumonia are easier to avoid now-a-days, but every year they take lives.

The parallel is:

  • Keep social distancing. Maintain no closer than 6 ft. from another person.
  • Cough in your sleeve or a napkin.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.

Learn from history! We are here today, because our ancestors practiced these things.

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