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
flagSpain
15%
6%
0%
78%
33
flagAustria
0%
21%
0%
78%
19
flagNorway
10%
10%
3%
76%
30
flagthe Netherlands
12%
14%
4%
68%
48
flagthe United Kingdom
11%
17%
2%
67%
440
flagGermany
14%
15%
3%
66%
228
flagRepublic of Ireland
16%
10%
6%
66%
74
flagFrance
8%
22%
5%
64%
59
flagPoland
14%
18%
3%
63%
16385
flagItaly
11%
22%
2%
63%
36
flagCzech Republic
27%
11%
0%
61%
18
flagBelgium
0%
27%
11%
61%
18
flagUnknown
15%
22%
3%
58%
84
flagUkraine
12%
25%
8%
54%
24
flagthe United States
23%
20%
6%
48%
372
flagSweden
15%
31%
5%
47%
19
flagAustralia
29%
23%
5%
41%
17
flagRussia
33%
13%
6%
40%
15
flagCanada
21%
36%
3%
36%
52
flagIndia
47%
19%
5%
26%
68

Gender

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

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