• On the Bright Side … No Hysterical Media During the Bubonic Plague

    Surge Summary: Some claim a famous nursery rhyme speaks of the Bubonic Plague. In any case, those who suffered from that contagion didn’t have to grapple with a biased media.

    by Candace Hardin

    2020 has brought us the first pandemic in more than 100 years. However, it is far from the first or the worst that the world has experienced.

    Most children sang and played “Ring Around the Rosy”

    “Ring around the rosy

    A pocket full of posies

    Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down.”

    Many believe this nursery rhyme references the Bubonic or Black Plague. This plague swept through Europe several times from the 14th to the 17th centuries.

    Ironically, the cause of which is also thought to have originated in China. Down the Silk Road, where trade ships brought silks, teas and rats that were proposed to be carrying fleas whose bite could cause the plague.

    “Ring Around the Rosy.” This plague caused boils in the lymphatic system, such as under arms, groin and behind knees. These boils began as a red “rosy” place that developed into the huge, painful boils that would leak pus and blood if burst. Hence, the “ring around the rosy.”

    “A Pocket Full of Posies.” The common belief at that time was that bad smells caused the illness. The theory was not too far off. Homes had no plumbing, no way of sanitizing and cleaning properly. Sewage was dumped out into the street from the upstairs windows. Population was very dense in the walled cities, thereby the spread of disease was a given.

    Therefore, if one had posies or flowers in their pocket or in a mask, it would protect one from the disease.

    Another theory was that disease was caused by “Bad Humors.” The body was supposed to be make up of certain humors. This was called the Humoral Theory. The basis of this is that the body was made up of 4 humors, black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood. These humors had to be in balance to have good health.

    A way to shake up or scare off bad humors, was to shoot off a cannon at regular periods.

    “Ashes, Ashes” This part of the rhyme gives reference to the mass burning of the bodies of the victims, due to being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and to stop the spread of the sickness. 75,000 to 200 million people were killed by the Black Death.

    “We All Fall Down” is another reference to the death toll.

    The Black Death killed up to 90% of the population, however, any survivors were healthier than most. This plague was not indiscriminate, it generally attacked and killed the weak. Those with a poor diet and poor health were more likely to succumb.

    Of course, the populace was mostly illiterate and did not have any say in local authorities. The press was slim, and they were not interested in spreading any more panic than they already had.

    Much different from today’s mainstream media. Even supreme liberal, “I hope for a recession,” Bill Maher has spoken out against the ridiculousness of the panic infusing headlines saying, “The Media Needs to Stop with the Panic Porn and Fear Mongering.”


    It was impossible and is impossible to predict the future. In this case, almost all of the data coming out of Wuhan China has been incorrect at best, pure lies, and propaganda at worst.

    Regardless of the disrespect and pugnaciousness of the media,” journalists,” with President Trump, he did not have a crystal ball, nor is he a super scientist/magician that can pull a cure out of his ear.

    However, he has put together a team of the top minds to work on the pandemic.

    The part that does not get much airtime is that FACT that so many have had the virus and recovered completely or were completely asymptomatic.

    The hygienic guidelines shouldn’t be only for a pandemic.

    How many do not wash their hands regularly? Don’t lie to yourself, think of the last time anyone was in a public restroom prior to the pandemic. It’s a bad habit that needs to be thrown out anyway. Stay clean, wash hands and surfaces, it should be done anyway.

    Dr. Fauci says we should never again shake hands.

    Okay, in the South, there was a custom of bowing to say hello. (Some still practice this.)

    Simply incline your head to the person who is greeting you. It can be done both near and far.

    Men can tip their hats, even if it is just a ballcap.

    How about resurrecting being mannerly?

    That would be a pleasant outcome of the pandemic.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Image: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/; https://www.flickr.com/photos/thadz/24348905119

    Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on PolitiChicks.tv. and has a blog, kandisays.blogspot.com. Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.

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