Great Plague (Black Death Documentary) on YouTube

I have been watching a lot of YouTube during quarantine. I watch one thing and follow the you may also like” suggestions down the rabbit hole until I get bored and start again.

Today I stumbled upon “Great Plague (Black Death Documentary by Timeline. It’s a very well done documentary that focuses on families in a single alley and uses their writings and ledgers to portray the escalation from their point of view.

If you have any interest in epidemiology, history of disease, pan/epidemics or just to see how similar it was to our current situation, I highly recommend checking this out.

  • Self-quarantine could be a lot worse. They flattened the curve by boarding up and padlocking the home of any sick person, along with all residents, for over a month. If you survived, great!

  • They also had social distancing. They closed the pubs and other gathering places (of the poor of course).

  • One nobleman built a glass room with a small slit through which to conduct business. Looks very much like the checkout lanes now do.

  • They stopped directly handling cash and steamed mail to “disinfect” before handling.