Hundreds of years ago, an epidemic of deadly diseases occur much more frequently than today. The main reason for this can be considered a low level of development of medicine in those days, that is, people simply do not understand what it is linked to the mass extinction of people and animals. Due to the fact that in past centuries, humanity had no idea about the existence of germs, the only thing people can explain the occurrence of illness — is the work of evil forces. Sick people literally believed “possessed by the devil” and tried to stay away from them. According to an international group of scientists, during the absence of any drugs, belief in Satan and the fear of the impure forces could save lives.
As people saved from the plague?
Such a ruling was made by scientists in the course of the study, the results of which are published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. They conducted a survey among 3 140 inhabitants in 28 countries to find out how many people in the world believe in the existence of Satan and other evil forces. The results of a survey they compared with the frequency of occurrence of epidemics of infectious diseases. It turned out that the believers in the devil and other evil spirits usually live in the most “sick” economies.
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The exact reason for this trend, scientists have not yet identified, but they put forward a very interesting suggestion. Since thousands of years ago, belief in evil forces were particularly strong, afraid to move closer to “obsessed” people could thereby protect themselves from Contracting dangerous bacteria. Perhaps, without a belief in evil forces, the number of victims of large-scale outbreaks could be much more.
The largest epidemic
One of the most deadly pandemics in human history is the so-called “Black death.” This term is commonly understood, the plague 1347-1351 years, which began in Eastern China and went to Europe. In those days it was not yet known, but a cause of dangerous disease is the bacterium called Yersinia pestis, also known as the plague Bacillus. She was transferred to people from infected fleas, and then spread through the water and the air.
Patients with plague were observed fever, swollen lymph nodes and damage to the lungs and other internal organs. The disease was quite hard and in the end almost always ends in death. Likely, the infected people looked not the best way, it is not surprising that they were considered possessed by the devil and tried to stay away from them.
Plague in the modern world
For some it will be a great discovery, but to get sick with plague even today. As a rule, traces of Yersinia pestis are detected in the African Republic of Congo, Madagascar and the South American country of Peru. In the period from 2010 to 2015 in the different parts of the world it was 3248 cases of disease, during which 584 died of a person.
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As you can guess, today, the death rate from the plague is not as high as before. To escape from death helps early diagnosis and prompt treatment with antibiotics. However, antibiotics will deal with the plague not last forever, eventually the bacteria develop resistance to medications, so scientists trying to develop an alternative.