LONDON || The United Kingdom government would soon be using sniffer dogs to find out people suffering from Coronavirus, media reports suggest. According to information available, the British government has awarded almost €500,000 to a team of researchers to find out if specially trained bio-detection dogs could be used as a new rapid testing measure for COVID-19.
Medical detection dogs have a successful history catching the presence of malaria and certain types of cancers in humans. Now they’ve been given a new mission – to see if they can detect the odour of coronavirus in patients, particularly those not showing any symptoms.
The programme is a partnership between the government, the Medical Detection Dogs charity and universities like London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Its head of disease control, Professor James Logan, news website Euronews reported.