Posted on Mar 10, 2020, 1 p.m.
Apparently researchers are looking for volunteers to be deliberately infected with strains of the coronavirus. Research in the UK are offering about $4500 in exchange for two weeks in a secure London facility that has a TV, Playstation gaming, WiFi, and a private bathroom to those who volunteer to be infected.
24 human volunteers are being sought after to infect with coronavirus strains 229E and OC43, while they are similar to COVID-19 they only cause a mild respiratory illness. Once infected a research team will be collecting samples such as nasal and blood, and all dirty tissues will be collected by a trained medical staff to assess the viral load.
Those who volunteer to be human test subjects will be closely monitored 24/7 for symptoms, the researchers will control your diet, and you will be barred from exercising as well as having contact with the outside world along with being confined to your room for two weeks. Along with feeling pretty miserable you will probably be able to get a good gaming or movie binge going, but that’s about it.
This study is part of the mega bucks race to find a cure or vaccine for the current outbreak of COVID-19 which is continuing to spread infection and accumulate a death toll. The company that owns the lab is called Hvivo and they also run clinical trials to find cures for cold and flu offering about $100/day for volunteers with similar perks.
So how about it, would you be willing to be intentionally injected with the coronavirus? Chances are that you will be exposed to it at some point or another, but volunteering I’m not too keen.
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