Sniffer dogs could be used to detect cases of Covid-19 at airports within six weeks after researchers began a project to find out whether canines can smell the virus.
Dogs have already been trained to detect diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and bacterial infections, and researchers believe coronavirus may also give off an odour that the animals can pick up.
In the coming weeks, Medical Detection Dogs will be working in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Durham University to attempt to train dogs to sniff out the disease.
Professor Steve Lindsay, of Durham University, said: “If the research is successful, we could use Covid-19 detection dogs at airports at the end of the epidemic to rapidly identify people carrying the virus.
“This would help prevent the re-emergence of the disease after we have brought the present epidemic under control.”
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