WASHINGTON – Thousands of people are signing up to be infected by COVID-19 all in the name of science and research, and dozens of those volunteers are from the D.C. region.

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Volunteers infected with COVID-19 in human challenge study

Thousands of people are signing up to be infected by COVID-19 all in the name of science and research.

In March, NY based non-profit, 1DaySooner, started this effort to gather volunteers for a potential human challenge study. The ultimate goal is to speed up the development of a vaccine.So far, more than 24,000 have signed up from over 100 countries.

28-years-old Kat Kelly lives in D.C. with her boyfriend. She just recently got her

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