Thinking about where to go on vacation? Well, if you’re up for a challenge, you could take up the St. Louis University’s offer. As unusual as it sounds, a team of SLU students will pay anyone willing to get sick. More specifically, if you want to earn $3,500, you’ll have to get exposed to influenza.
Hotel Influenza Set Up to Test New Vaccines
Dr. Daniel Hoft, a teacher at St. Louis University, recently declared that his team’s ‘Hotel Influenza’ project just got greenlighted. And now, he’s expecting volunteers. Here’s what you need to know about SLU’s clinical trial.
As Dr. Hoft pointed out, setting up a vaccine study is a costly and lengthy endeavor. Clinical trials such as Hotel Influenza are a better way to gather information at a faster rate, without having to punch a hole in the wallet.
For the purpose of the project, Hoft and his SLU team booked a 24-room hotel. The establishment has been outfitted with everything one needs to study disease.
Participants willing to enroll in SLU’s “human challenge” will need to spend the next ten days in the hotel. There are perks to saying ‘yes.’
For instance, each participant will have his own room, access to a private bathroom, and, of course, tons of comfort food. Apart from that, when they’re not probed by the SLU team, they’ll be able to kick it back in the hotel’s lounge, reading, watching TV, or surfing on the web.
At the beginning of the trial, each participant will receive a placebo or flu shot. After that, they’ll be infected with influenza via a nasal spray.
Of course, they’ll receive around-the-clock care from SLU’s crackerjack nursing team.
In the end, the participant will leave the hotel disease-free and with a $3,500 cheque in the pocket.
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