16-20 Black Death Facts

spread of disease in the form of poisonous air

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16. Up until the late 19th century the ‘Miasma theory’ widely stated that diseases such as chlamydia and the Black Death were contracted from breathing in ‘night air’ which arose through soils from decomposing organic matter carried by the wind from stagnant swamps, cemeteries, and overall poor hygiene. – Source

17. Bathing was actively discouraged during the Black Death, which made the spread of the disease even worse. – Source

18. Black Death started in 1347 and returned to Europe every generation with different degrees of intensity and fatality until the 1700s. – Source

19. The medical faculty in Paris reported the cause of the Black Death as a “conjunction of three planets” that caused a “great pestilence in the air.” – Source

20. Europe’s “Little Ice Age” may have been triggered by the 14th Century Black Death. Millions of trees sprang up on abandoned farmland, soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. – Source

21-24 Black Death Facts

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21. There is a form of the Black Death, Septicemic plague that had a 100% death rate and killed in 24 hours. – Source

22. During WWII, the Japanese Bombed China with fleas and other insects with the Bubonic Plague (Black Death) creating massive epidemic outbreaks. – Source

23. During the Black Death in 1348-1350, suggested remedies included beer mixed with flower petals and roasted eggshells, draining lanced buboes and packing the wound with tree resin, plant roots, and human excrement, placing a chicken next to you, and drinking one’s own urine twice daily. – Source

24. The Black Death resulted in a stronger and longer-living human population. Scientists examined the bones of those who died before and after the plague and determined that people who were born after were stronger and more fit. – Source

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Last Update: May 3, 2022