We are months into the coronavirus pandemic and testing and treatment still remains limited. That's led researchers to look for out-of-the-box ways to manage the crisis. And one of those solutions is significantly cuter than the others: coronavirus-sniffing dogs.
But, while adorable, these pups are diligent workers. Just like trained dogs can detect health issues like diabetes, cancer or Parkinson's, canines could have the power to detect coronavirus in humans. One such group is the U.K.-based nonprofit Medical Detection Dogs, which successfully proved trained dogs can detect malaria. They are now studying whether or not dogs can use their super-sensitive scent for coronavirus detections, too.
Medical Detection Dogs is collaborating with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Durham University in England, which were also research partners on the dog-detection malaria study. With the trio's intensively pre-trained test dogs, they could be ready to provide rapid, noninvasive COVID-19 diagnosis by as early as mid-June 2020.