Dr Claire Guest, who runs the Medical Detection Dogs charity in Milton Keynes, has said that their team of dogs trained to detect cancer could also be trained to detect covid-19. The charity has been approached to carry out research into how the dogs could identify a sufferer of the virus.
Dr Guest said that studies have already shown that dogs can detect viruses in cattle.
Medical Detection Dogs will be working in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Durham University, bringing together the team which recently collaborated to successfully prove that dogs can be trained to detect malaria.
Together they have started preparations to intensively train dogs so they could be ready in 6 weeks to help provide a rapid, non-invasive diagnosis towards the tail end of the epidemic, and approached government about how dogs can play a role in the fight against the disease.
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