Here's How The Black Plague Finally Ended

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"The church of 40,000 corpses" sounds like the title of a Rob Zombie movie, but it's actually the BBC's description of the Sedlec Ossuary. Located roughly 50 miles east of Prague in the Czech Republic, it houses chalices, ornate wall ornaments, and even a chandelier built from the bones of more than 40,000 skeletons. About 30,000 of those skeletons belonged to people who succumbed to the Black Death during the 14th century. On its own, that's an ungodly number, even for a church. However, it accounts for just a tiny fraction of the plague's total death toll.
The BBC says an estimated 25 million people, over a third of Europe's population, succumbed to the plague. Historian Ole Benedictow provides an even higher estimate, writing that "quite likely around 60 percent" of the populace perished and it was a horrific way to go. People developed intensely inflamed lymph nodes and would vomit or cough copious amounts of blood. Death typically came within two days. Benedictow writes that the plague was unprecedentedly terrible, and argues that contemporary Europeans had actually dubbed it the "terrible death," not the Black Death: The Latin description of the plague, atra mors, lends itself to two interpretations because "atra" translates to both "black" and "terrible."
Eventually, the terrible, black cloud hovering over Europe dissipated, enabling society's long, arduous healing process to begin. But how did the Black Death end?
Honestly, the true answer to the question could be buried in the Sedlec bone church for all anyone knows ... because historians cannot, in fact, tell you how exactly the Black Death died. There are theories worth mentioning, but authoritative sources don't even fully agree on when the Black Death ended. The Science Museum of London, for instance, says it lasted from 1347 to 1351. Benedictow claims it spanned the years 1346 to 1353. Further complicating matters, while the term "Black Death" refers to this relatively limited interval of time, in reality the plague persisted for centuries, ravaging Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in uneven waves.
The last major plague outbreak, though, occurred in London between 1665 and 1666. Some historians credit advancements in medicine for stemming the spread of the plague. Notably, during the first wave of the Black Death, societies did begin implementing measures such as quarantining patients and isolating people. Others experts view the issue through an evolutionary lens, claiming that genetic changes in the plague bacterium or its carriers broke the cycle of outbreaks.
Per the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Black Death marked the emergence of the quarantine. Back then, the word "quarantine," which comes from the Italian term for "40," referred to a precautionary measure imposed by European port cities. Incoming ships had to rest at anchor for 40 days before landing. This was distinct from the practice of isolation, which entailed separating sick people from the healthy. With quarantine, seemingly healthy people who were exposed to the plague had to remain sequestered just in case.
Some locales went to great lengths to keep people away from each other. As noted by the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, "in 1374, [authorities in Italy] declared that every person with plague be taken out of the city into the fields [...] to die or to recover." In 1377, authorities in what is now Dubrovnik, Croatia required anyone arriving from a plague-riddled region to enter quarantine for 30 to 40 days. Additionally, a treatment facility was built outside the city for sick residents and outsiders. Hospitals erected to combat the plague stayed in operation until the 1900s.
The plague never completely kicked the bucket, but it's a shell of its hellish self. Live Science explains that the present-day plague evolved from a less virulent species of bacteria, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, which often causes "mild stomach infections." However, the bacterial strains that brought Europe to the brink of breaking resulted from two mutations. The first alteration cursed the world with Yersinia pestis, which had the capacity to cause pneumonic plague, a nasty lung infection that spread through sneezing or coughing. The second change spawned the bubonic plague that inflamed lymph nodes.
A 2011 DNA analysis of 109 Londoners who died during the Black Death suggests that the bacterial strains responsible for the medieval pandemic went extinct. What changed? Human evolution might have something to do with it. In a 2014 study by a Dutch university, researchers concluded that the Black Death forced affected populations to develop immunity. Watch the video to learn How The Black Plague Finally Ended!
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Apr 16, 2020




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Grunge 3 months ago
What do you find most interesting about the Black Plague?
DLM F1R3 17 hours ago
That it’s back
That it is still going
Beshoi John
Beshoi John 7 days ago
@Iva Tenji i was just like him a long time a go now he dies
Iva Tenji
Iva Tenji 8 days ago
@Beshoi John how will U kill pandemic?
Beshoi John
Beshoi John 8 days ago
@Iva Tenji i will kill him mohaha😈😈
Mr owl L.
Mr owl L. 3 minutes ago
Ima tryin to survive 2020 cause a kid just died from it
Shaun 17
Shaun 17 4 hours ago
And now it’s started again...
Abdul Mahyadi Haris
Next Virus: Rabid Zombies. 😎
Kobe Almonte
Kobe Almonte 14 hours ago
Who’s here after hearing it’s back and someone died
Monse Becerra
Monse Becerra 15 hours ago
Clayton cripe
Clayton cripe 16 hours ago
You jinxed us
Cesar Perez Soverano
Well he was wrong
Fusion Studios
It's back.
sam forbes
sam forbes Day ago
This aged well
Teddy Hiesnberg
me;lemme watch this Me after I watch this: ight Imma head out of this planet
Owen McNee
Owen McNee Day ago
SIKE! A squirrel just got diagnosed with the plague
sara•gaming roblox YT
thanks this made me not like chinese people and want to end myself thanks
Liam Iris
Liam Iris Day ago
People yes more plauge Yersinia pestis: hold my rice wine
Jake Lock
Jake Lock Day ago
It isn’t over, June 14, 2020 a squirrel on Colorado has the plague
lil Reyna
lil Reyna Day ago
I wonder what the pandemic will be in 3020
Cup TaeTae
Cup TaeTae Day ago
I though they made a curE
Who is here after a squirrel tested positive for the virus in America
RavenFromTeenT 2 days ago
Imagine how much worse these plagues and viruses will be when flu season hits again.
RavenFromTeenT 2 days ago
Hahahhahahhaahahahhaa.... Oh heck
SaveYour Razorblades
I don't think China is ever going to learn
CUBlCS :D 2 days ago
And now it’s in China!! haha earth is ending
speedy Gonzalez
speedy Gonzalez 3 days ago
Welp it has returned 🤦🏾‍♂️
Jack 3 days ago
It has not died. It’s an infectious disease and people in the 14th C, the 6th C etc - somehow managed to stop the spread of infection. Probably by improving sanitation, burning down infected villages and otherwise barring entry to cities and other settlements. The bacterium yersinia Pestis which sits in the gut of the oriental rat flea, is still a real threat and killed roughly 580 people in the last 5 years.
Cyka blyat Simulator
Plague doctors be like: Ah sh*t, here we go again
justine pascua
justine pascua 5 days ago
Well the plague is back
King Duck
King Duck 5 days ago
Did it end tho?????
2020 5 days ago
2020 getting worse Me to my brain -Don’t worry, remember what carl sagan said, earth is a blue pearl dot
Biggie Cheese
Biggie Cheese 5 days ago
Here's how the Black Plague started, again.
xKar9 5 days ago
China: guess who's back, back again?
BZ King 1
BZ King 1 6 days ago
Why is everybody worrying about the cases in China there are roughly 1000 in the us every year from marmots or prairie dogs?
Uberaham Al
Uberaham Al Day ago
gwuapo_ 45 and it's cureable
gwuapo_ 45
gwuapo_ 45 2 days ago
Umm what?
Sergio Ortiz
Sergio Ortiz 6 days ago
Last I checked, it was called the "black death" because the sores that would appear on the skin would turn black from necrosis
Lui God
Lui God 6 days ago
China: allow me to introduce my good friend bubonic plague
Taze Tez
Taze Tez 5 days ago
it’s not a big deal anyways
Apex Dino
Apex Dino 6 days ago
Humans are screwed cuz black death is back
Taze Tez
Taze Tez 5 days ago
Something called antibiotics
Taze Tez
Taze Tez 5 days ago
.. there not..
GodzillaGaming 7 days ago
2020 Black Death: yo waddup
Tiggy SID *1
Tiggy SID *1 7 days ago
It returns again in 2020 july
Galina Antonenko
Galina Antonenko 7 days ago
This is bad. Black Death is back and there is Covid-19 following. Right now, we are still able to go outdoors. (For some people) Once Black Death becomes worse, Covid-19 will probably also be worse. Worst thing is, Black Death isn't just a virus that spreads through the outdoors.. it's a virus that can go indoors as well.
Taze Tez
Taze Tez 5 days ago
Black Death will probs be cured soon cuz we have antibiotics
Bacon God
Bacon God 7 days ago
Black deaths still live
Dodong Charing
Dodong Charing 7 days ago
So how it ended? Haha😅🤣
ItsAnthony 7 days ago
Ironically, It started in China again
Riel Verm
Riel Verm 7 days ago
0:36 what movie is that?
Cj Samson
Cj Samson 8 days ago
Ended?? More like restarted
DumDum man
DumDum man 8 days ago
Hahahahaha it returned
A_F_C 2007
A_F_C 2007 8 days ago
Black Death : Guess who’s back, back again
Adam 8 days ago
And yet it's came back
Potatofy Gaming
Potatofy Gaming 8 days ago
Guess what Its *BACC*
peppermint chan
peppermint chan 8 days ago
It's baxk
Johnpaul Lagumbay
who's here with me ? get ready humans
Minecraft Gaming bro
Comment below ♥️ when will this end *half* of that
Minecraft Gaming bro
Black death it returned after 20 year's I hate china when will they stop eating those ceature 🤔who's hear after black death . Now we need to wait for 20 years again . Now they are tow virsu it cronovirs and black death when will it end
Roman Bellic
Roman Bellic 5 days ago
Humans and disease have coexisted since always man it will never end.
Justin H.
Justin H. 8 days ago
Hey wanna do it again
Mayonnaise 00
Mayonnaise 00 8 days ago
China numbah wan
Curtis Davies
Curtis Davies 8 days ago
Coronavirus: This planet is mine! I am the apex virus. Ebola: Am I a joke to you? *Bubonic Plague has entered the chat*
IMBA NOODLES 8 days ago
Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea 8 days ago
Guys it’s not back everyone gets diagnosed with it every year in the United States, plus there’s even a cure for it.
Bruce Hernandez
Bruce Hernandez 8 days ago
No cure just treatment
how to apk
how to apk 9 days ago
And here's how it started
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler 9 days ago
Guess what It's made in china...
Al Calderon
Al Calderon 9 days ago
It’s back again
Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea 8 days ago
Bruce Hernandez okay you can stop talking now, you said treatment like ten thousand times. Shut up....
Bruce Hernandez
Bruce Hernandez 8 days ago
@Sweet Pea ok?
Bruce Hernandez
Bruce Hernandez 8 days ago
Treatment only
Bruce Hernandez
Bruce Hernandez 8 days ago
Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea 8 days ago
There’s a cure for it lmao
do re mon
do re mon 9 days ago
And now the china has now 1 suspected bubonic plague😥😥
anonymous any
anonymous any 9 days ago
"the end" "2020:promise me I'll change your mind just check the China"
crude crromy
crude crromy 9 days ago
Naaa it’s back
_DanGerZ _
_DanGerZ _ 9 days ago
Well, it's back
Lette Samonte - Gulapa
Search Mr. Scientific in YT it said BLACK DEATH CAME BACK!!!
Erika Preston
Erika Preston 9 days ago
Its backkkkkkk
mamam manatad
mamam manatad 9 days ago
Black Death: I'm just about to start!
Messi Jesse
Messi Jesse 9 days ago
Well guess what kids the Black Death is back, there was a case in China and I swear if it spreads I’m destroying all my devices so I don’t hear more news and stress myself out...........!!!!!!
TheRealKicker 9 days ago
2020: hahaha it's rewind time.
TWODISVEN 9 days ago
Who's here watching after hearing the news? Again the source is China, honestly they should stop eating everything that moves.
khaashiya hamid
khaashiya hamid 9 days ago
I agree
clarisse g
clarisse g 9 days ago
Watching because of the recent news that the plague is back 😖
K A S T R كاستر
2020:- You haven't seen anything yet
clee tuuus
clee tuuus 9 days ago
The black death never dissapere it was hiding in animals and now its back ...
Ankur Kumar
Ankur Kumar 9 days ago
A compelling reason to be a vegetarian.
All in1
All in1 9 days ago
2020: you sure??
Richard Tsutsa
Richard Tsutsa 9 days ago
Don't call it black plague
James Jaspio
James Jaspio 9 days ago
It's back
Carl Dalisay
Carl Dalisay 9 days ago
I have a dream that bubonic plague will be back in this year 2020, i hope it’s not gonna happen.
mr noob gamer
mr noob gamer 9 days ago
Well it came back
Rey Miguel Bolo
Rey Miguel Bolo 9 days ago
And Start Again
Jeremie de Vera Jude
This PLAGUE is striking again!
Nitin Wadekar
Nitin Wadekar 7 days ago
Son a
Son a 9 days ago
who’s here in july of 2020 when it came back
Raj from tech support
Btw it’s been here forever and between 2010 -15 there were over 3000 cases of it. Outbreaks are different to individual cases
Jagdish Singh
Kangaroo 6 days ago
Son a it never left it just died down
Aesthetic Plays xo
Me lol, and those masks are scaring the life out of me
khaashiya hamid
khaashiya hamid 9 days ago
trayer jack
trayer jack 9 days ago
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