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1. What was the Black Death and when did it occur? Explain in detail what it was,
how it spread, what happened during that period and the major social, economic, and
religious results of the Black Death on European society.
Notably, Black Death refers to a virus infection that happened in 1347 to 1351. The virus
was deadly because it combined three strains of virus. The virus spread quickly throughout
Europe and killed an estimated a third of the population. Europe had an estimated 75 million
people at the start of the plague and it is estimated that as many as many as 25 million people
died. Initial infections were from trade ships from the east. The plague started in a small town in
China and spread along the trade routes including Italian port cities. Simultaneously port cities
were affected when it first arrived in 1347. The virus is lasted in each affected areas two-three
months and not all of Europe was affected.
It is thought the virus spread via fleas that live off black rats. Then once the flea that is
lives off the black rats bit someone, the individual got infected by the plague. With the individual
infected, he or she easily passed on the virus to other people upon contact. The Black Death virus
is airborne and one can get infected by coming in contact with an infected individual irrespective
of the duration of the contact. The virus still exists right now but a simple antibiotic will kill it.
The living conditions of the era created a favorable environment for transmission of the virus.
Individuals rarely bathed, lived in close spaces, shared sleeping place, and shared the sleeping
place with animals. Cats, one of the natural predators of rats were banished from many places.
During this period a lot of things happened. First the short incubation period of the virus
at 2-7 days and fatalities that happened 1-4 days after being symptomatic meant the virus spread
like wildfire with high fatalities. No one was prepared for such a disaster. Most people were

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Running Head: [INSERT TOPIC] Insert Topic Student’s name Institution [INSERT TOPIC] 1. 2 What was the Black Death and when did it occur? Explain in detail what it was, how it spread, what happened during that period and the major social, economic, and religious results of the Black Death on European society. Notably, Black Death refers to a virus infection that happened in 1347 to 1351. The virus was deadly because it combined three strains of virus. The virus spread quickly throughout Europe and killed an estimated a third of the population. Europe had an estimated 75 million people at the start of the plague and it is estimated that as many as many as 25 million people died. Initial infections were from trade ships from the east. The plague started in a small town in China and spread along the trade routes including Italian port cities. Simultaneously port cities were affected when it first arrived in 1347. The virus is lasted in each affected areas two-three months and not all of Europe was affected. It is thought the virus spread via fleas that live off black rats. Then once the flea that is lives off the black rats bit someone, the individual got infected by the plague. With the individual infected, he or she easily passed on the virus to other people upon contact. The Black Death virus is airborne and one can get infected by coming in contact with an infected individual irrespective of the duration of the contact. The virus still exists right now but a simple ...
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