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Sun Aug 1, 2021, 08:39 AM

6. Irish Peasants Knew About Asymptomatic Carriers

Typhoid Mary’s fate in America was infinity better then she would have met if she stayed in Ireland. What she was facing there was a hidden quick-lime grave.

Typhoid, Typhus, Cholera, and lesser lights were endemic in Ireland. The peasant communities were structured. to the best of their very limited ability, to flatten the curve.

And they knew about asymptomatic transmission.
They were well aware there was a category of people who appeared healthy but carried disease and death everywhere they went.And they dealt with these people like they dealt with rabid dogs.
All carriers could do was keep moving, change their story, their appearance, their names, keep a low profile. And , of course get out at the first sign of disease which is what a sensible person did anyway. Mary followed some of these rules but not all and not very well.
She may been deep in of denial even though the scientific world and her peasant past both both told her what was going on.
Or as the historian Denis Clark wrote, maybe she was helplessly repeating an original traumatic loss over and over again.
But it is not a case of an simple woman facing the germ theory.

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