Dogs will detect Covid-19!
Published: 05:12 PM, 27 March 2020 Updated: 06:44 PM, 27 March 2020
Dogs of Medical Detection Dogs; file photo, collected
Medical Detection Dogs, a UK based charity has expressed their hope to take help from dogs to detect Covid-19.
It plans trials on the current pandemic virus with Durham University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). They believe dogs could be trained to sniff out the disease within six weeks to provide a rapid, non-invasive diagnosis.
The charity has already trained dogs to spot the scent of malaria, cancer and Parkinson’s. And now they are hopeful about Covid-19 from their early experiences.
Medical Detection Dogs Chief Executive Dr. Claire Guest said, “It has to find out how to safely catch the odor of the virus from patients. In principle, we’re sure that dogs could detect Covid-19.”
“This would be fast, effective and non-invasive and make sure the limited NHS testing resources are only used where they are really needed,” Dr. Guest said.