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UK researchers aim to infect volunteers to study COVID exposure

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By THOMAS KIENZLE

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"Our number one priority is the safety of the volunteers," Tell me about it, your real number one priority

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People are queuing up to volunteer. Thousands have signed up. I would if I could.

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"Our number one priority is the safety of the volunteers," Tell me about it, your real number one priority

Average infection fatality rate 0.65%. For those under 19 years, 0,003%. With a very flat curve until about the age range of 70, from where it starts rising sharply.

If you are young and healthy, that is not exactly a risk you need to lose sleep over.

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Yeah sure, very useful thing, it will help understand the disease and everything, but its an ethical mess that I hope is being considered carefully. One volunteer having an undiscovered comorbidity, one report where people infected have increased risk of a serious disease (cancer, parkinson, whatever) and the Imperial College is going to be in deep trouble.

I wonder how necessary is to actively expose people and assume this big risk, instead of keeping close vigilance of (a lot more) normal people that are naturally at a higher risk (nurses, etc.) until some get infected without researchers having to take responsibility.

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