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British researchers working to train dogs how to detect COVID-19

Posted at 10:43 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 13:43:52-04

Dogs have been used for decades to sniff out drugs, bombs, dead bodies, and even cancer but now a team of British researchers are hoping their keen sense of smell can help detect COVID-19.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is working with specially trained dogs to develop a new kind of COVID-19 test, one that doesn't require a swab but rather just a sniff.

The organization recently discovered canines can detect malaria in humans and they are now investigating to see whether the same is true for COVID-19.

They say this would not replace traditional testing but rather it would act as a supplemental tool in the fight against COVID-19.

The dogs could be used at airports or other public areas to help prevent another outbreak once the current pandemic declines.