The Anonymous Widower

Covid-19: World’s First Human Trials Given Green Light In UK

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Healthy, young volunteers will be infected with coronavirus to test vaccines and treatments in the world’s first Covid-19 “human challenge” study, which will take place in the UK.

The study, which has received ethics approval, will start in the next few weeks and recruit 90 people aged 18-30.

I am 73, but I wish I was in the age range.

I am coeliac and on a long-term gluten-free diet.

For purely selfish reasons, I have been investigating how people like me are faring in the pandemic.

Circumstantial evidence from WHO and government data, personal experiences and a peer-reviewed paper from the University of Padua in Italy certainly indicate, that we don’t suffer worse than the average. But we might be doing much better!

I would certainly like to find out the truth. So if I were younger, I would certainly sign up.

But it would surely be interesting if a handful of the volunteers were coeliacs on a long-term gluten-free diet.


February 17, 2021 - Posted by | Health | , ,


  1. If I was in the right age range and didnt have leukaemia, I would volunteer for this study. But I am 63 and have cancer and diabetes. So not eligible. I would have allowed my girls to join the tests on 6 -16s if they wished to as well. The conversations of Facebook are very strongly vilifying everyone who thinks this two trials are appropriate, saying parents who allow their children to be included are not fit ti be parents.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | February 18, 2021 | Reply

  2. I can’t get the attitude of these anti-vaxxers. Surely, if you don’t allow your child to be vaccinated, against the advice of your GP, that’s child abuse!

    Comment by AnonW | February 18, 2021 | Reply

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