In order to improve the data on SARS-CoV-2 infection and the behaviour of the virus in healthy people, we want to carry out the following study:
A group of healthy volunteers collectively expose themselves to natural infection with SARS-CoV-2. This will take place in isolated conditions, for example on board a well-equipped passenger ship, with medical monitoring and care. The participants are offered immune-strengthening activities such as joyful creative occupation, movement/dance, intuitive nutrition, relaxation, mental training, etc.
We want to investigate how long the incubation period and how strong the immune response is in healthy people, and to what extent Covid-19 symptoms can be prevented or attenuated by the environment and the resources that are offered to the participants.
During the infection period and recovery, adding up to a total of 2-3 weeks, the whole group remains in isolation. Antibody tests are carried out before and afterwards.
After having reached immunity (either by SARS-CoV-2 or cross-immunity), the participants will no longer be infectious for their environment and are therefore suitable for social contact in safety.
The initiators, Kora Klapp and Thorsten Krüger, experienced the Covid-19 measures in three different countries - Spain, Germany and Sweden.
Being entrepreneurs since 1999, they soon understood the tremendous effects of lockdown / shutdown measures for the society. E.g. before shutdown on the Canary Islands, 40% of all employees were working in the tourism sector, with a regular unemployment rate of 20% and over 50% for youths.
Responsible political measures need a well-founded scientific background. In accordance to our comprehensive investigations, reliable data about SARS-CoV-2 are insuffient, especially for the group 20-60 years of age, which is representing a high percentage of all infections.
The Global Hack
We participated in the Estonian hackathon and developed a concept paper, which we discussed with several medical doctors who confirmed that the project is both feasible and ethically responsible.
For this hackathon, our goal was to publish a website describing the project and its scientific background. Voluntary study participants, researchers and physicians should be able to register for the project. Their data is to be collected in one database, with the ability of easy data export and the potential of an API.
We understand our project as an open community project. Therefore we decided to use Wordpress as CMS. For the database, we chose the plugin Participants Database by xnau webdesign as most suitable and easy to handle.
The website was completed during the hackathon.
Discussions about Covid-19 are often emotionally loaded and polarized. We like to emphasize the role of science as a bridgebuilder for rational decisionmaking.
Our next focus will be contacting research institutions and public health authorities. We assume that personal networks will be benificial for this step. Before approval by authorities contacts with shipping companies might be informal.
The website will also enable us to promote the project to the public for to enthuse volunteers.