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
flagAustria
0%
21%
0%
78%
23
flagSpain
17%
5%
0%
76%
34
flagNorway
14%
11%
5%
68%
35
flagItaly
9%
20%
2%
67%
43
flagthe United Kingdom
10%
19%
2%
66%
538
flagthe Netherlands
15%
15%
4%
65%
66
flagUkraine
11%
17%
5%
65%
35
flagBelgium
0%
25%
10%
65%
20
flagGermany
14%
15%
4%
64%
264
flagRepublic of Ireland
16%
11%
7%
64%
85
flagPoland
14%
18%
3%
62%
21003
flagCzech Republic
27%
11%
0%
61%
18
flagFrance
10%
24%
4%
60%
65
flagLithuania
23%
17%
0%
58%
17
flagSweden
13%
30%
3%
53%
30
flagthe United States
23%
19%
7%
48%
434
flagUnknown
20%
30%
2%
46%
874
flagAustralia
29%
22%
3%
44%
27
flagCanada
20%
35%
3%
38%
62
flagIndia
45%
18%
5%
29%
95

Gender

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

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