The British “Medical Detection Dogs” Foundation has collaborated with scientists from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Durham University in norast Britain to see if dogs can help detect bovid 19 through ir strong sense of smell.
This study comes after previous research that showed dogs’ ability to detect malaria through sense of smell and it is based on belief that each disease is characterized by a different aroma.
The organizations said y began preparations to train dogs within 6 weeks “to help provide a quick diagnosis and without introduction of medical equipment into body, in an attempt to end epidemic.”
The Medical Dietition Dogs Foundation has previously trained dogs to detect diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and bacterial infections by smelling samples taken from patients.
These animals can also detect slight changes in skin temperature, making it useful to determine if a person has a fever.
Reduces resource use
“In principle, we are sure that dogs can detect Covid 19,” said Claire Geist of Medical Dietification Dogs and its chief executive. “We are now looking at a safe way in which we can catch scent of virus from patients and present it to dogs.”
“The goal is for dogs to be able to examine people, including those without symptoms, and tell us if y need to undergo necessary tests. This method will be fast and effective and will also contribute to reducing use and limited use of NHS testing resources only.” When re is a real need for that. “
Dogs can be deployed to airports at end of an epidemic to identify people who carry virus, which helps prevent disease from reappearing, according to Steve Lindsay of Durham University.
More than 500,000 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in 182 countries, including 22,920 deaths, according to Agence FrancePresse statistics, based on official country data and WHO numbers.