Could dogs, with their extraordinary sense of smell, be able to detect the coronavirus? Signs are pointing to yes.
It's well known that when trained, dogs are capable of detecting some human illnesses, such as certain types of cancers, Parkinson's disease, or even malaria. Would it be possible to train them to detect the coronavirus as well? Signs are pointing to yes.
Dogs will soon be on the job
A team of British scientists from the University of Durham and the London School of Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is currently carrying out tests, according to the BBC. Dr Claire Guest said that dogs will be able to help detect the virus, and could be up and running within weeks.
In principle, we're sure that dogs can detect Covid-19. This would be fast, effective and non-invasive.
It's important to remember that all viruses and diseases have a scent. Therefore, with their extremely developed sense of smell, dogs could very well be trained to help doctors detect patients, even those with no symptoms.
How to deploy the disease sniffers
However, it should be remembered that dogs are not allowed in hospitals. Once the dogs are operational, a rigorous system will have to be put in place to permit these animals to screen humans in public places. They could then detect infected people in train stations, airports, and certain other public places with the aim of preventing another outbreak of the disease once the current situation is under control.
For those who are concerned about their pets, remember that even when in contact with people infected with the virus, dogs cannot transmit it to humans and therefore are not carriers.
Finally, some much-needed reassuring news!