GESUNDHEIT!

OFF THE CUFF Writing

A bit of history…Gesundheit!  Why say “God Bless You” after a sneeze?

National Geographic explains this upon a Roman plague in AD 590.

During this pandemic Pope Gregory urged for divine intervention asking everyone to bless a person immediately after sneezing.  Saying “God Bless You” was a sign thought to ward off getting sick with the plague.  The rest is history.

So, may “God Bless You” each and every time you sneeze.