British Charity & Universities Are Training Dogs To Detect Covid-19 Using Their Acute Sense Of Smell

Researchers all around the world have been scrambling to do all they can to alleviate the Covid-19 situation. UK has proposed the next innovative solution — dogs.

British charity, Medical Detection Dogs, has teamed up with Durham University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to see if our furry canine friends can provide aid in this pandemic outbreak.

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This is according to a report in The Straits Times on Friday (27 Mar).

Using a dog’s acute sense of smell

Dogs have been known to have an impeccable sense of smell for centuries. As man’s best friend, they’ve helped in hunting and drug identification amongst other things.

In the medical field, many dogs have also been used to detect diseases such as Parkinson’s, malaria, and even cancer.

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Under the same premise that each disease has a distinct odour, researchers are now trying to see if dogs can do the same for Covid-19, reports The Straits Times.

Claire Guest, who is founder and chief executive of Medical Detection Dogs said,

the aim is that dogs will be able to screen anyone, including those who are asymptomatic, and tell us whether they need to be tested.

Dogs will help alleviate Covid-19 burdens

If this method works, we would have a non-invasive and fast method of detection, while also making sure that the already limited resources are only used when needed.

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This not only stops the re-emergence of the disease but also helps countries who are only testing more severe cases.

Innovative research in the battle against Covid-19

In the midst of all the troubles this pandemic has presented, it is great that people are putting forth their best efforts to fight against it.

Kudos to the researchers for this innovative solution that will help millions worldwide.

We hope that all will go well, so that they can execute this as soon as possible.

Featured image adapted from The Telegraph.