Canine Detectors to Be Finally Tested and Trained to Recognize Corona Virus in the UK

In early 1900, people faced a pandemic unlike any other that killed over a million people and went down in history as one of the darkest times. Spanish Flu was a disaster that people never thought could ever occur again. 

With the turn of the 21st century, people saw the beginning of another equally disastrous pandemic episode called COVID 19. Affecting over 800 thousand people worldwide, the virus does not seem to be stopping anytime soon.

Canine detectors to be finally tested and trained to recognize Corona Virus in the UK
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With research on vaccines and medicines in the full-blown process, an unconventional approach to detect the Corona Virus has been proposed. Dogs have been known to be extremely efficient in detecting malaria and cancer and there have been numerous researches that have proven this fact. 

To assist in detecting CoronaVirus in humans, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in collaboration with Medical Detection dogs and Durham University have begun the first phase of testing. The UK government has provided 500,000 GBP for the initial phase.

Additionally, a Finnish study conducted by the University of Helsinki has proven the fact that dogs can detect the distinctive odor emitted by Corona Virus-infected humans if the dogs are trained for it. 

Canine detectors to be finally tested and trained to recognize Corona Virus in the UK
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German Assistance Dog Centre (TARSQ) research fellow Luca Barrett has mentioned in an interview that dogs are being trained in accurate Covid19 detection since the pandemic broke out in the early months of 2020. The ability to sniff out the virus as of now is over 75% accurate. 

Once the dogs are fully trained they will be able to detect the CoronaVirus as fast as they detect narcotics and bombs and this will provide for quicker detection results than the rapid test kits being used worldwide currently to detect CoronaVirus.

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