Luring volunteers with payments of up to £3,750, Flu Camp makes a cold pay. Would you be willing to take the medical risk?
Atishoo! The cold season is well under way, and you may already be half-way through your first bottle of Olbas Oil. So how about making money as you snuffle? That’s exactly what you can do at Flu Camp.
Run by a company called Retroscreen Virology Ltd, the camps, which perhaps unsurprisingly are popular with students, offer participants thousands of pounds to take part in short-term trials. A paid trial at one of their facilities will involve being administered a small dose of a respiratory virus, placed in quarantine and then treated with ethically approved vaccines and antiviral medications.
The name may conjure up images of people huddled coughing round a campfire, but if you look at the website you’ll find a picture of beaming students running through a field. Although the quarantined facilities are probably not this idyllic, the cash on offer will certainly make you rub your eyes.
The company lures volunteers with payments of “up to £3,750″ for trials that last between 10 and 18 days. Applicants are promised “a very comfortable room, sharing with only one other volunteer; an en suite bathroom; wireless internet access; three meals a day; TV and Playstation!” As a package, that’s not to be sniffed at.
It sounds good, but there have been horror stories related to medical testing – such as the ‘Elephant Man’ trial where six men in north London were admitted to intensive care. The trial, using the drug TBN1412 to treat arthritis and leukaemia, almost took a fatal turn but luckily the men survived. Although these instances are extremely rare, the memory lingers on.
The company behind Flu Camp assures me there have been no unfortunate incidents to date. And it seems they can afford to be picky about who to sign up.
Flu Camper Ben Jones, 23 and from Bristol, likened the experience to “auditioning on The X-Factor”. Candidates are put through various medical checks to make sure they are suitable. These include screenings, urine and blood tests, a full health check-up and barometer readings. Due to the nature of the virus applicants must be aged between 18 and 45 and be alcohol-, drug- and cigarette-free.
“People say ‘I would never gamble with my health’, but medical testing is worth it if you consider your mental health,” Jones says. “Think about the number of months you’d have to work on minimum wage in a bar, cafe or office to get the amount you could in a safe environment for a few weeks.”
Put like that, ‘snot a bad way to make money is it – particularly at a time when your nose is probably already running? Or does the thought of contracting any kind of illness for cash make you shiver?
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