posted on Jun, 22 2019 @ 04:20 AM
There were numerous factors in historical plague outbreaks that we, of the modern world, simply wouldn't intuit or relate to sympathetically.
Modern plumbing is an example. It's difficult for us to understand that up until a century or two ago the norm was to utilize a bucket for human waste
- and then to empty that bucket outside. In urban environments this literally meant into the street. Gutters running thick with the waste of thousands
along with the waste of horses.
A serious vector for contagions.
Dwellings tended to be small and thickly populated - multi-generational family units living in one or two room flats or hovels that likely were about
the size of a modern living room or even single bedroom.
This proximity and crowding, another serious vector for contagions.
Medicine existed in a form where the "cure" would potentially be more dangerous than the ailment. While there are plenty of tales today about
historical healers who possessed some uncanny insights into plants, herbs and their effects - it would have been far more common to encounter a
"healer" who would defer to any number of "treatments" that might include heavy blood letting, drinking urine, eating specific organs from animals -
often raw, writing special symbols onto paper and then burning the paper or keeping it on the patient or even just giving the patient a particular
pebble from a river in the belief ( or suggestion ) that the rock possessed supernatural powers.
All this without understanding hygiene... So good healer or not they were still going door to door and interacting with the infected without any
Bad ideas that could, in some cases, kill a healthy patient - administered in a way that provided a serious vector for contagions.
And yes, domesticated and farm animals also carried fleas - as did rats - as did the vast majority of people.
Parasites, including fleas and lice were a serious vector for... Well you know.