/“Covid dogs” could eliminate coronavirus in 250 people an hour in a bug fight – The Scottish Sun

“Covid dogs” could eliminate coronavirus in 250 people an hour in a bug fight – The Scottish Sun


DOGs trained to remove coronavirus at around 250 people per hour to begin testing in the UK.

The so-called “Hatching Dogs” hope to be able to detect the disease in humans before symptoms appear in the fight against the virus.

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Bio-detection dog Storm is trying to get rid of coronavirus. Credit: Department of Health and Social Care

Six poachers – Bumper, Florin, Digby, Asher, Freya and Storm – who are already accustomed to fading diseases such as cancer, malaria and Parkinson’s, are receiving intense training to track down a coronavirus.

It is hoped that the mix of labradors and cocker spaniels will be able to start creating up to 250 people per hour trained.

Samples from people infected with coronavirus are used to train the dogs.

It is known that some respiratory infections cause subtle changes in the smell of the body compared to people who are uninfected.

Britain remains the most affected nation in Europe by the pandemic – with 236,711 cases and 33,998 deaths – but the virus blockade is beginning to be eased.

Innovation Minister Lord Bethell said: “Bio-detection dogs are already detecting specific cancers and we believe this innovation may have rapid results as part of our broader testing strategy.

“Accuracy is essential, so this test will tell us if ‘Covid dogs’ can reliably detect the virus and stop it from spreading.”

Tests will be part of research on early warning systems to help track the virus.

The scheme is backed by a £ 500,000 government grant, with research being carried out by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

The researchers collaborated with the charitable Medical Medical Dogs (MDD) and Durham University.

MDD boasts that dogs can be trained to extract diseases at the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic swimming pools.


Bumper participates in the test to create Covid DogsCredit: Department of Health and Social Care


Asher takes a kid. Dogs have previously been trained to smell other diseases Credit: Department of Health and Social Care

Professor James Logan, of LSHTM, said: “Our previous work has shown that malaria has a particular odor, and with Medical Detection Dogs, we have successfully trained dogs to accurately detect malaria. This, combined with the knowledge that respiratory disease can change body odor., we hope the dogs can also detect Covid-19.

“I would like to thank the British government for their support of this pioneering research through this funding.

“We are excited to do this test, and confirm whether these bio-detection dogs can be used to screen for Covid-19.

“If successful, this approach could revolutionize how we detect the virus, with the ability to screen high numbers of people.”

The dogs will be deployed only if the science about them being able to extract coronavirus is reserved in the laboratory.

It will be part of the government’s strategy to treat the virus, researching forward to help support the Incident Alert System.



Dr Claire Guest, MDD’s director general, said: “We have already demonstrated our expertise in detecting canine diseases by successfully training dogs to detect diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and malaria, and we are applying that same science to train life-saving medical care. dogs.detect odor changes in individuals caused by their health status.

“We are confident that our dogs will be able to find the smell of COVID-19 and we will then move into a second phase to test them in live situations, after which we hope to work with other agencies to train more dogs for deployment.

“We’re incredibly proud that a dog’s nose could save a lot of lives again.”

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Britain is beginning to mitigate its coronavirus blockade as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s three-step plan to beat the virus.

The first restrictions slowed this week as some sectors were encouraged back to work and people received unlimited outdoor exercise.

However, the World Health Organization has warned of a terrible second wave that could hit Europe if keys are too hasty.


The dogs are expected to sniff 250 people an hour. Freya was portrayed while testing the Credit: Department of Health and Social Care scheme


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