Researchers investigating whether trained dogs can detect Covid-19 in humans, and are calling for volunteers in the North West region of England for help with the trial.
Led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in collaboration with the charity Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University, the trial will determine whether dogs could be used as a new rapid, non-invasive diagnostic tool for the virus. The first phase of the trial is funded by the Department for Health and Social Care.
Before the dogs can be put through their paces, the researchers require samples for these super sniffers to carry out their work, and that’s where members of the public can lend a hand.
The volunteers will provide samples of breath and body odour by wearing a mask for three hours, and nylon socks and a t-shirt for twelve hours.
They are aiming to collect 325 positive and 675 negative samples – in order to confidently ascertain if these dogs can accurately detect the disease.