If you've been reading me lately you already know about the nasty germ I picked up from a toddler; he was competing in an Olympic Cough event on a Delta Airlines flight November 30... Yes, that germ was live and contagious so along with a couple of hundred other folks I was infected.
My own symptoms were of a sinus infection with a touch of pleurisy. After two weeks I began to tire of the flavor of mucus and was spending way too much time online. Then, a post on Facebook led me to a surprise, to Scanadu.
It read, "Scanadu Invites You to Donate Your Spit for Science!"
Do you have a cough, fever, sore throat, achy muscles and/or a runny nose? YES!
If You Do, help us better understand the biology of upper
respiratory infections and/or the flu. Your spit may, down the line,
help reduce unnecessary antibiotic use, help limit the spread of
respiratory pathogens and contribute to a new product design.
I read more and learn that all participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift card for their contribution. Sweet.
I find the idea that someone is tracking which bacteria and viruses are in sick people's mouths clever. Mapping them by region and specific strains is brilliant. Imagine watching a wave of pathogens shift around the country...hmmm, maybe the contagious toddler from the Delta flight had spread germs out of his home base, Raleigh, NC.
Count me in.
I completed the online application and as promised, received my collection vial
in a plain brown wrapper.
Instructions are provided and quite simple. The plastic collection vial is well designed and it's just like they say.
They want your spit.
Next, you complete a brief, very brief, questionnaire and seal it all back into the pre-labeled box they provide you with.
I dropped mine into
the mailbox today.
The webpage says that when they receive the sample they will send
the gift card.