Was The Black Death A Disaster?

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Was the Black Death a Disaster?

The Black Death was a disease spread by fleas that lived in rats’ fur. The rats ate rubbish from the streets. The rats had infected blood that the fleas drunk and then when the fleas landed on a human, the flea injected the diseased blood into the humans. The Black Death was in Asia in 1334. By 1349, the Black Death had reached Britain. The Plague lasted in Britain for 2 years; this was from 1348-1350. I don’t think the Black Death was a disaster.
There were three main types of plague. the bubonic plague mainly consists of swellings called buboes in your groin and armpits. this had the least change of dying from 30-70%. The second type is the pneumonic plague. this is when you started coughing blood. you had a 75-85% chance of dying. The worst plague was ...view middle of the document...

these pits were located outside the cities and towns so that no plague from the dead bodies would spread to the people still alive it the cities and towns. Also, because the markets were so busy, there were high chances of catching the plague there. due to this, people stole from the houses of the people who had died to get money so that they don't have to go into the market and have a chance to get infected. The plague that was most likely in the markets was the pneumonic plauge. This is because it is usually passed around in the air around us. this is because when a person with the pneumonic plague coughs out blood, the germs from the blood rise into the air and infect the people who breathe that air. This happens again and again until the germs die. Then it starts all over again.
Good changes are that peasants could change their wages. This is because many workers died and the Lords needed people to do his work for hem. As there were so many lords in this position, the workers could who to go to for work. If the workers said no to the lords, the lords would have no choice but to raise the wages. This was an advantage for the peasants and a disadvantage for the lords. The peasants started buying more land from the lord, designing their houses better and wearing more fashionable and nicer looking clothes. The Black Death also helped improve hygiene in the middle ages. This is because now everyone was aware of the impact that bad hygiene had so they started becoming cleaner. This is a change as before, the people never showered.
I don't think the Black Death was a disaster because look how many people got more money and look how hygiene improved. If the black death didn't exist, how would people have known what hygiene was? I leave you with this, would you rather have more money and less family or more family and less money to survive with.

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