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
flagSwitzerland
3%
11%
0%
85%
27
flagAustria
0%
17%
0%
82%
34
flagSpain
16%
5%
0%
78%
37
flagthe United Kingdom
10%
18%
2%
67%
586
flagNorway
16%
10%
5%
67%
37
flagRepublic of Ireland
14%
11%
6%
66%
101
flagthe Netherlands
14%
15%
4%
66%
71
flagItaly
7%
23%
1%
66%
51
flagGermany
13%
16%
3%
65%
289
flagUkraine
13%
15%
5%
65%
38
flagPoland
14%
18%
3%
63%
22919
flagFrance
10%
23%
5%
60%
69
flagDenmark
13%
21%
4%
60%
23
flagLithuania
25%
20%
0%
55%
20
flagSweden
14%
28%
2%
54%
35
flagthe United States
23%
20%
7%
48%
470
flagUnknown
20%
30%
2%
46%
944
flagAustralia
25%
31%
2%
40%
35
flagCanada
19%
37%
2%
38%
67
flagIndia
41%
21%
5%
30%
124

Gender

men53%
women61%
smallpox
18%
15%
plague
24%
18%
tuberculosis
3%
3%
leprosy
53%
61%

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