Dogs May be Able to Detect COVID-19: Researchers

FRIDAY, April 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers are trying to train dogs to sniff out COVID-19 to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The team noted that there's widespread need for more testing and said that dogs may be able to supplement current testing efforts by helping to check up to 250 people an hour with noninvasive screening, CBS News reported.

The researchers said they've "begun preparations to intensively train dogs so they could be ready in six weeks."

Trained dogs can detect a number of medical conditions, including diabetes, Parkinson's disease, malaria and cancer, CBS News reported.

It's not known if COVID-19 has a specific odor, "but we know that other respiratory diseases change our body odor so there is a chance that it does," researcher James Logan said in a statement.

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