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A Bit of History on Staying Safe !

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10 Jan 2021 14:55 #388251 by ketchim
In the Middle Ages, it was common to douse oneself in “four thieves vinegar”

– a concoction of herbs brewed in cider vinegar – before leaving the house

as a way of staving off the plague .

Legend has it that a group of grave robbers invented it to keep them safe.

Eventually they were arrested

but the authorities agreed to let them go in exchange for their secret recipe.

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10 Jan 2021 14:57 #388252 by ketchim
In 16th-Century Sardinia, things were a bit more sophisticated.

The doctor Quinto Tiberio Angelerio devised an ingenious method of social distancing

in which “any person going out from home must carry a cane six spans long

and as long as the cane is, one must not approach other people”.

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10 Jan 2021 14:59 - 10 Jan 2021 14:59 #388253 by ketchim
In his spookily prescient manual on the sanitary measures to be taken

during an outbreak in the city of Alghero he also recommended only

one person per household venture out to do the shopping

and urged his readers to be careful when shaking hands.
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10 Jan 2021 15:01 - 16 Jan 2021 10:20 #388254 by ketchim
Other precautions adopted by our ancestors include toad-vomit lozenges

developed by none other than the celebrated physicist Sir Isaac Newton : during the Black Death

In the 1940s, women would routinely have all their teeth removed

just in case they ever went septic.

The preventative was so popular, it was often paid for as part of a wedding gift

or for their 18th birthday. (Happy birthday, you now need dentures!)
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10 Jan 2021 15:03 #388255 by ketchim
In 1793, the US government simply evacuated entire sections of Philadelphia

– the then-capital – to protect residents from a yellow fever outbreak.

An estimated 20,000 people left the city over the course of a month

which amounted to half its population at the time.

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10 Jan 2021 15:04 - 10 Jan 2021 15:06 #388256 by ketchim
In 2020, cracks began to appear in this previously universal thinking.

Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, it was reported some people were considering

the – deeply risky and highly dubious– strategy of catching Covid-19 on purpose

as a way to fast-track their route back to normal life.
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10 Jan 2021 15:08 #388257 by ketchim
Even centuries before we knew about microorganisms, antibodies or vaccination

people had a pretty good idea that being infected was something to avoid at all costs.

The terms “immunity passport” and “herd immunity”

became part of the mainstream lexicon

and low antibody counts in the population were framed as a “blow” rather than a success.

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10 Jan 2021 15:16 - 10 Jan 2021 15:17 #388258 by ketchim
Herd immunity can come at a steep price.

Catching any pathogen is a gamble – especially one that’s new to humankind.

Sometimes, the cost of an infection doesn’t show up for months or years afterwards;

HPV can take years to lead to cervical cancer,

while HSV-1 has recently been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
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10 Jan 2021 15:17 #388259 by ketchim
ketchim therefore recommends while awaiting your Jab :

MASK UP !

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11 Jan 2021 09:25 #388267 by ketchim
Mapoui post Conspiracy theory LINKS:

criticising Lockdowns : but little do they know about the History ~

Be careful Folks, of those fake and dangerous LINKS

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