Should you forget to get innoculated before you travel back to the 14th century, you'll need to take some measures to avoid the deadly Bubonic Plague.
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- Keep some clean clothes tightly folded and bound up in cloth treated with pennyroyal, preferably in a cedar chest far from all animals and vermin.
- At the first whisper of plague in the area, flee any populated town or village and head for an isolated villa, far from any trade routes, with your cedar chest.
- Vigilantly clean every last corner of your villa, killing all rats and burning their corpses.
- Use plenty of pennyroyal to discourage fleas.
- Allow no cats or dogs to come near you.
- Once away from all human contact, wash in extremely hot water, change into your clean clothes, and burn the clothes you traveled in.
- Keep a minimum distance of 25 feet from any other human being to avoid catching any pneumonic form spread through breathing and sneezing.
- Have your armies burn and raze to the ground any nearby houses where plague victims have resided.
- Pray to the deity of your choice frequently and fervently.
- Stay where you are until six months after the most recent nearby outbreak.
- Do not enter an enclosed community such as a castle or monastery.
- Do not under any circumstances board a ship.
- If possible, try to establish your residence in Bohemia before 1347, and don't leave until long after 1353.
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~ Melissa Snell