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People Are Getting Paid To Be Infected With Flu Virus

For $3,300 each, a total of 80 adults in all four research centers will be receiving nasal sprays of influenza A, or the subtype H1N1 virus. The participants will be staying in an inpatient facility for at least a week until they are not infecting others anymore, or until they have ceased shedding the virus.

The study is being led by a group of scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The subjects involved in the study will be closely monitored for symptoms of the virus in order to better understand how it works and find ways to put it under control.

Researchers hope to obtain information about the impact of the body’s inherent flu antibodies on the duration and severity of the flu symptoms that participants manifest while infected by the virus.

The study will run until May at various vaccine research facilities, namely Duke University in North Carolina, Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development in Missouri, the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Ohio's Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu caused by the H1N1 virus has already claimed about 36,400 to 61,200 lives in the United States on the months of October 2018 up to May 2019. Around half a million or more people were hospitalized after falling ill from the virus.

The flu can spread from person to person up to around six feet distance. Droplets of the virus is shed whenever people cough, sneeze or talk, and that causes the infection.

The flu is potentially fatal especially when there are other complications involved, when it worsens a preexisting health problem, or when there is a very strong immune response. The infection is often associated with health complications such as heart attack, pneumonia and sepsis - a life-threatening condition as the body responds to infection.

Children, pregnant women, 65-year-old adults and older and people who have certain health problems like heart disease, asthma and diabetes are at high risk of getting flu complications. The best way to avoid and stop the flu from infecting other people is to get vaccinated. As for those infected by the virus, they can treat it by taking antiviral drugs.

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