Test Going On Dogs’ Ability to Identify COVID-19 Patients- By UK ResearchersMay 16, 2020 19:37
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Dogs will be tested if they have the ability of identifying the COVID-19 positive and negatives. The dogs will have the patients samples from London Hospitals with COVID-19 odor.
In this study, the researchers are taking the help of six labradors and cocker spaniels. The task of the dogs sniff and to distinguish the virus infected patients. This test is to detect the diseases easily and quickly.
The study will be conducted in London School Of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Durham University, and a British charity, Medical Detection Dogs. British government provided for the research expenses which is worth 500000 pounds.
Dogs are already doing a great job of identifying certain cancers. This innovation is expected to work on COVID-19 as well. Innovation Minister James Bethell said “Bio-detection dogs already detect specific cancers and we believe this innovation might provide speedy results as part of our wider testing strategy.”
The dogs are trained to distinguish the people who are not infected with coronavirus.
If this research turns out to be successful, a single person will be able to check up 250 people per an hour. The process of checking COVID-19 will be implemented in public places like airports.
The research is in progress in the countries US and France as well.
By Ramya C