During the Middle Ages, sick people wore a bell or a rattle with them. Which disease did they have?

smallpox
plague
tuberculosis
leprosy
Leprosy was in­cur­able, but people could live for long with the disease (unlike the cases of other epi­demic­s). Since leprosy was found in­fec­tious, leprosy stigma has been uni­ver­sal, and has been present in all parts of the world where leprosy was present. In Europe, the leper would carry a clapper and bell to warn of his ap­proach.

Answers distribution

smallpox
plague
tuberculosis
leprosy
answers
flagNorway
10%
10%
0%
79%
29
flagSpain
15%
6%
0%
78%
33
flagAustria
0%
25%
0%
75%
16
flagthe Netherlands
7%
18%
5%
68%
38
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
16%
2%
66%
355
flagGermany
13%
15%
4%
66%
200
flagFrance
7%
24%
2%
65%
41
flagRepublic of Ireland
18%
9%
7%
64%
64
flagPoland
15%
18%
3%
62%
14388
flagItaly
11%
23%
2%
61%
34
flagLithuania
23%
15%
0%
61%
13
flagBelgium
0%
29%
11%
58%
17
flagUkraine
12%
25%
8%
54%
24
flagSweden
13%
26%
6%
53%
15
flagCzech Republic
35%
14%
0%
50%
14
flagthe United States
25%
20%
6%
46%
299
flagCanada
23%
25%
5%
43%
39
flagRussia
28%
14%
7%
42%
14
flagAustralia
16%
33%
8%
41%
12
flagIndia
48%
16%
7%
26%
56

Gender

men60%
women62%
smallpox
15%
16%
plague
20%
17%
tuberculosis
3%
3%
leprosy
60%
62%

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