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.

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smallpox
plague
tuberculosis
leprosy
answers
flagSwitzerland
4%
8%
0%
87%
24
flagSpain
16%
5%
0%
78%
37
flagAustria
0%
21%
0%
78%
23
flagNorway
13%
11%
5%
69%
36
flagthe United Kingdom
10%
18%
2%
67%
563
flagGermany
13%
15%
3%
66%
282
flagthe Netherlands
14%
15%
4%
66%
71
flagItaly
8%
22%
2%
66%
45
flagUkraine
11%
17%
5%
65%
35
flagBelgium
0%
25%
10%
65%
20
flagRepublic of Ireland
15%
12%
6%
64%
88
flagPoland
14%
18%
3%
63%
21870
flagFrance
10%
24%
6%
59%
66
flagCzech Republic
25%
15%
0%
55%
20
flagSweden
15%
27%
3%
54%
33
flagthe United States
23%
21%
7%
47%
450
flagUnknown
20%
30%
2%
46%
919
flagAustralia
29%
25%
3%
41%
31
flagCanada
20%
35%
3%
38%
62
flagIndia
43%
19%
4%
31%
116

Gender

men53%
women61%
smallpox
18%
16%
plague
24%
18%
tuberculosis
3%
3%
leprosy
53%
61%

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