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(BroBible)   Would $4,500 convince you to purposely contract coronavirus? Then I've got the deal for you   (brobible.com) divider line
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2020-03-09 2:48:18 AM  
I would if I didn't have to fly to London.
 
2020-03-09 2:54:40 AM  
I would and I'll be happy to fly to London.
 
2020-03-09 4:29:57 AM  
Add 2 more zeros on the end and I might consider it.
 
2020-03-09 5:45:56 AM  
Was wondering how long before we heard of this.
/someone's got to be the guinea pig.
 
2020-03-09 6:33:24 AM  
Hunh. I'm bored and going to London this week.
 
2020-03-09 6:33:28 AM  
Can I bring my 12 pet monkeys with me?
 
2020-03-09 6:34:47 AM  
More than many get paid for a kidney.
 
2020-03-09 6:35:46 AM  
That's funny. Jim never asks for a second cup of Corona virus at home.
 
2020-03-09 6:41:58 AM  
If I were still in my 20s and single, sure. I had a job with generous vacation benefits, too. Now? Aw hell no
 
2020-03-09 6:46:31 AM  
Nah, I'm good. It's a decent chunk of change, especially for someone healthy that won't have much risk. But gotta fly to England, which will probably expose me to it regardless.  Then I get to catch it for a third time on the way back.

It could be fun for a lot of younger folks.
 
2020-03-09 6:48:09 AM  
If there weren't reports of reinfection and permanent lung tissue scarring, sure. But I'd rather not be in my mid-30's with what is essentially COPD.
 
2020-03-09 6:50:45 AM  
I'm 63, so I have about 3% chance of dying from it. Also, I'm not desperate for cash, and have recently visited London so no, I'm good.
 
2020-03-09 6:51:54 AM  
Probably going to get it anyway, because humans are germy selfish germy farks, so yeah why not.
 
2020-03-09 6:55:47 AM  
LOL, $13.39/hour to risk your life and spend your time coughing up pus? No thank you. JFC how bad is the economy that this sounds like a good deal?
 
2020-03-09 6:58:37 AM  
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2020-03-09 7:01:59 AM  

Jesus McSordid: I'm 63, so I have about 3% chance of dying from it. Also, I'm not desperate for cash, and have recently visited London so no, I'm good.


You're my parents' age... the data shows higher than 5% for 60-70 and (iirc) <15% for those over 70.

I'm not ready to let go of my parents. I'm sure your kids feel the same. Stay safe, old timer.
 
2020-03-09 7:05:00 AM  
I see what you did with the sick tag there subby.  Well played, well played indeed.
 
2020-03-09 7:06:21 AM  
Do they have free wifi?

Prank Call of Cthulhu: LOL, $13.39/hour to risk your life and spend your time coughing up pus? No thank you. JFC how bad is the economy that this sounds like a good deal?


Let's put it another way: if you're 20, you've got something like a 0.1% chance of dying of Coronavirus, and you get paid $4500. That's like valuing your life at $4.5m.

On top of that, this is extremely likely going to work. They don't get to human trials without going through a whole load of other stages first. So, that 0.1% chance is probably below 0.01%. Your life is valued at $45m.

And yeah, the pay rate isn't great, but take your laptop in. Goof on fark all day for $13/hr. Write a novel. Write some code for a startup.

And at the end of it, you get to walk out protected from Coronavirus. Go on a cheap holiday that no-one else wants to take.

I'm not signing up because I've got responsibilities, but there's times I'd have done it.
 
2020-03-09 7:06:59 AM  

relaxitsjustme: Add 2 more zeros on the end and I might consider it.


$45,000.00

That's how the Burger King manager lured me away from McDonalds
 
2020-03-09 7:09:08 AM  
My luck I would get the Coronavirus on the flight over.  You get nothing, sir.  NOTHING!

And, ironically, you owe us for the flight.
 
2020-03-09 7:14:08 AM  
Yes. Yes it would.
 
2020-03-09 7:19:06 AM  
I have a cold right now.

Where's my money?!

"The coronavirus" as a statement is useless. Also a fantastic indication as to the author's degree of knowledge in the subject matter. Namely, none.
 
2020-03-09 7:27:18 AM  
a former boss once offered me $5k to forgo health insurance for a year when i was in my 20s.  i was healthy and ended up not even needing to go to the doctor for the year, but it took me 0.0001s to say no

that much to purposely infect me with coronavirus now?  you are out of your farking mind
 
2020-03-09 7:34:04 AM  
I'd take them up on it for a cool $4500.

There's the small chance that what doesn't kill me would mutate and give me superpowers, which I'd immediately use for amoral profit and gain.
 
2020-03-09 7:37:05 AM  

relaxitsjustme: Add 2 more zeros on the end and I might consider it.


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"Hey you put a one and two zeros in front of that or we walk."
'How much did we get?'
"100 bucks."
 
2020-03-09 7:38:51 AM  
For everyone speculating if this study would kill you - they are not infecting people with COVID-19.  They are infecting people with strains that are already endemic in humans.  One of the strains in the article is OC43 which is responsible for a good chunk of common cold cases.  You have probably already been exposed to it before.

Also, this is the dumbest farking article ever.  The WHOLE article references COVID-19 before burying the non-story part.  Back to back statements "Willing participants will be intentionally infected with COVID-19" followed by "Participants will be infected with the 0C43 and 229E strains of the virus and will cause mild respiratory symptoms.".
 
2020-03-09 7:44:30 AM  

Jesus McSordid: I'm 63, so I have about 3% chance of dying from it. Also, I'm not desperate for cash, and have recently visited London so no, I'm good.


If you read the article they are not infecting you with covid 19. They are infecting you with common human coronaviruses that have been circulating in the population for years. Again it isn't the novel strain that came from bats (or whatever) but instead the "common cold" strains that have been around for decades and cause a very mild symptoms (in general, there have been cases of ADEM and other complications associated with those strains mentioned in the article).
 
2020-03-09 7:48:18 AM  
Right from the article:

Participants will be infected with the 0C43 and 229E.

Calling it The coronavirus is very wrong. You will be infected with a coronavirus. However both of those are common human strains that have been circulating for decades. They are causes of the common cold.
 
2020-03-09 7:51:09 AM  
Why not? I have to fly into Orlando Saturday with a group of boy scouts so I'm probably screwed anyways.
 
2020-03-09 7:54:40 AM  
Just to prove that variant 229E has been around forever here is an article from the 60's describing research on it. https://scholar.google.com/schola​r_loo​kup?title=Morphogenesis%20of%20avian%2​0infectious%20bronchitis%20virus%20and​%20a%20related%20human%20virus%20%28st​rain%20229E%29&author=WB.%20Becker&aut​hor=K.%20Mcintosh&author=JH.%20Dees&au​thor=RM.%20Chanock&journal=J.%20Virol&​volume=1&pages=1019-1027&publication_y​ear=1967 . Again this is not novel coronavirus but rather the common cold. They must hope to prove a nutritional supplement or drug is effective against coronaviruses in general.
 
2020-03-09 7:55:24 AM  

Copperbelly watersnake: Why not? I have to fly into Orlando Saturday with a group of boy scouts so I'm probably screwed anyways.


Again not this is not the new novel coronavirus but rather 2 strains that have existed for decades and cause the common cold.
 
2020-03-09 8:04:07 AM  
The money is tempting, but on the one hand is my hypertension and respiratory problems.  On the other is the near  certainty that I will get it anyways, and may as well have it in the land of free health care rather than wacking up another tens of thousands of dollars of debt for getting sick again.

Seriously, the unpaid debt from last time are finally going away from my credit rating.
 
2020-03-09 8:08:29 AM  
I'm about to drive into a town, where a pharmasisct was found to be infected, for a funeral, so I guess I am doing it for free

Probably already have it, or at least my family all have dry sporadic coughs that I jump at everytime I hear them.
 
2020-03-09 8:10:40 AM  

farkeruk: Do they have free wifi?

Prank Call of Cthulhu: LOL, $13.39/hour to risk your life and spend your time coughing up pus? No thank you. JFC how bad is the economy that this sounds like a good deal?

Let's put it another way: if you're 20, you've got something like a 0.1% chance of dying of Coronavirus, and you get paid $4500. That's like valuing your life at $4.5m.

On top of that, this is extremely likely going to work. They don't get to human trials without going through a whole load of other stages first. So, that 0.1% chance is probably below 0.01%. Your life is valued at $45m.

And yeah, the pay rate isn't great, but take your laptop in. Goof on fark all day for $13/hr. Write a novel. Write some code for a startup.

And at the end of it, you get to walk out protected from Coronavirus. Go on a cheap holiday that no-one else wants to take.

I'm not signing up because I've got responsibilities, but there's times I'd have done it.


That is inferred by the article, but seems unlikely at this point. There are reports from Wuhan of the reinfection and subsequent demise of people discharged after beating coronavirus infections.

It's not as though getting a cold has ever stopped one from getting another the same winter. Given that viral strains morph ever so slightly in response to their host entities, Covid-19 must already be working on multiple sub-strains.

Even though I'm probably going to get it at some point in the future, I'm in no hurry... especially for less than $5k
 
2020-03-09 8:11:07 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: LOL, $13.39/hour to risk your life and spend your time coughing up pus? No thank you. JFC how bad is the economy that this sounds like a good deal?


I don't think the main incentive to do this is the money. It's the knowledge that you're helping out mankind. Right?
 
2020-03-09 8:24:53 AM  
Plot twist... The $4500 will be "allocated" towards either student loan repayment or for future taxes owed. Then to mysteriously disappear like your 401k funds during the upcoming financial collapse.  But fear not, you will receive an apology letter printed on a heavy weight paper, complete with simulated mahogany frame
 
2020-03-09 8:39:33 AM  
You're going to get it sooner or later anyway, take the cash.
 
2020-03-09 9:38:22 AM  
If I didn't have to travel, and it was a cash gift. (Gifts up to $15,000/year/person are non-taxable, that's why I give gifts instead of tips)
 
2020-03-09 9:56:08 AM  
Yeah, I'm not gonna base any decision on something I read on BroBible.
 
2020-03-09 10:26:17 AM  
$4.5 million, I'll do it.  Especially if it looks like there's any post-recovery immunity.

/jury still out on that?
 
2020-03-09 10:37:50 AM  
How much to be infected by Ebola?
 
2020-03-09 11:30:54 AM  

fusillade762: I would if I didn't have to fly to London.



AirForceVet: I would and I'll be happy to fly to London.


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2020-03-09 12:07:20 PM  
I'm going to get it anyway.

sure, pay me.
 
2020-03-09 3:33:14 PM  

tuxq: Jesus McSordid: I'm 63, so I have about 3% chance of dying from it. Also, I'm not desperate for cash, and have recently visited London so no, I'm good.

You're my parents' age... the data shows higher than 5% for 60-70 and (iirc) <15% for those over 70.

I'm not ready to let go of my parents. I'm sure your kids feel the same. Stay safe, old timer.


Well thanks for the kind thoughts, young'un. Pretty sure I'll be OK. While some of the increased mortality rate seems to be caused by a peculiar effect of the virus itself, I daresay a fair bit is caused by the multiplying effect age on various forms of infirmity. I'm generally pretty damned healthy. Rarely miss a day's work. So... I've got that going for me.
 
2020-03-09 5:32:16 PM  
This it what we should be using prisoners on death row for. I'm not saying all death row inmates should be used as lab rats for corporations. I am saying when faced with the possibility of a world wide pandemic, instead of executing the Ted Bundys and Dylan roofs, why not get something out of them?
 
2020-03-10 12:16:45 AM  

pup.socket: More than many get paid for a kidney.


Turns out the kid of a friend was a participant in this one, so I'm (not) getting a kick, etc.
 
2020-03-10 3:01:49 AM  
I'd do it. I'm really skeptical that it would be any worse for me than some of the deep respiratory infections I picked up during my time in retail hell.
 
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