Carry a Big Stick
|"Plague Nurse" or the traditional Czech Advent costume|
400 years ago, before they knew germs spread disease, European medicos were on the right track. Full regalia when working with the ill, the dying, the dead. Glasses behind masks, gloves, boots, and… sticks. Sticks to examine from a distance, yes, but also to defend themselves from desperate patients! While “bad air” was the common belief as to spread of the plague, these physical protective measures suggest the doctors were aware infection could be made via contact with their patients. In our day, with our own particular “plague,” shall we take up the stick to those who refuse to keep their distance, vaccinate, or wear a mask?
to stem the spread of the plague
they knew to wear masks
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Interested as to why this strange bird-like mask would be a Christmas Advent costume?