Here are a few of the 57 Sanitary Measures prescribed by Dr. Quinto Tiberio Angelerio. They may look familiar.
The real question is, judging by our behavior, have we learned anything in 450 years?
All citizens are compelled not to leave their houses. Only 1 member per household is allowed to go out for shopping. Permission to go out has to be granted by the Morber of the area.
People allowed to go out must bear with them a cane measuring 6 feet long. It is mandatory that people keep this distance from one another.
A large rail, called parabanda, must be positioned in front of the counters in the shops in which meat, bread, wine, and foodstuff are sold so that citizens will keep their distance from the counter itself.
People suspected to be infected and convalescents must undergo quarantine before they are allowed to get back in contact with healthy inhabitants.
Dude, Social Distancing is way older than that. Found in the Bible.
Leviticus 13:45-13:46 (NIV)
45 Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’
46 As long as they have the disease they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp.
Note: Leviticus is Old Testament:
“The Book of Leviticus (/lɪˈvɪtɪkəs/) is the third book of the Torah and of the Old Testament; scholars generally agree that it developed over a long period of time, reaching its present form during the Persian Period between 538–332 BC.”
Another note: translations differ. KJV translated most diseases as Leprosy. There is often no historical context sufficient to identify diseases mentioned in the Bible (and Torah), but it was obviously a good idea a long time ago to stay the ‘F’ away from somebody who is sick with a communicable disease.
@PocketBrain Also Flavius Josephus recorded nearly 2000 years ago that lepers had to stay 4 cubits (6 feet) away from “Clean” persons if they were downwind (or no wind) and 100 cubits away (150 feet) if they were upwind. Has WHO been plagiarizing?