Dogs training to sniff out virus

Canines already skilled at sniffing out Parkinson’s, cancer and low blood pressure, could now help to detect signs of Covid-19.

Dogs are already able to smell subtle changes in the temperature of a human’s skin, indicating a fever; as well as detecting the odour of bacterial infections. Now a charity based in Milton Keynes, Bucks – Medical Detection Dogs – will be training the same dogs to detect the Covid – 19 Coronavirus; possibly in as little as six weeks.

Says the charity’s chief executive Dr Claire Guest: ‘The aim is that dogs will be avle to screen anyone, including those who are asymptomatic, and tell us whether they need to be tested.”