Black Death: How NOT to Run a Quarantine
After killing an estimated 25 million people in Central Asia, the Black Death enters the gates of Constantinople (present day Istanbul, Turkey). Plague fleas hide within the cargo of Genoan merchants as they carry death from Crimean ports along the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. Port cities know of quarantines, but this plague is so virulent that city officials lock away entire families in their homes and board up their windows, condemning them to die together. The government hires "guards" to run errands for the quarantined household but the guards spend most of their time tormenting those inside. Only the desperate and incompetent apply for jobs as a nurse for these Plague homes. This type of treatment guarantees that few will report a sick family member. Instead, they pack their bags and move to another town, often bringing the Plague with them.    
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