MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — RaeAnn from Kenyon asks: Why do we say “Bless You” when someone sneezes?
There has always been a theory that your heart skips a beat when you sneeze. But Dr. David Hildren of Hennepin County Medical Center says that probably doesn’t happen.READ MORE: Lake Superior Zoo's Lilly The Lion Undergoes Root Canal
How about theories that sneezing lets your soul escape from your body or allows in evil spirits? Those superstitions have been around for years.READ MORE: Kashkari: Delta Variant Could Slow Labor Market Recovery
But it turns out we say “Bless You” because that is what Pope Gregory the Great said it in 590, when Europe was in the throes of the Black Death.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Olympians Help Boost Interest In Their Sports At Home
He ordered anyone who sneezed to be blessed because that was the first sign of the illness.