- This dog can screen 22 people in an hour and their ability in malaria detection has been tested.
- Based on the results of the first phase training center trial in London, the dogs will be launched on ground zero
May 16, 2020, 04:03 PM IST
London. Trials have begun in the UK to make the possibility that sniffer dogs can recognize people with corona virus? According to a BBC report, UK specialist medical sniffer dogs have been described as suitable for this task. This trial has received funding of about 5 crores from the government.
Experts here believe that dogs have a strong and distinct ability to sniff and can identify people infected with corona in public places. In many countries of the world, such sniffer dogs are trained to identify and help victims of diseases such as cancer, malaria and Parkinson's.
Labrador and Cocker Spaniel Species Chosen
This trial will also explore whether dogs from the Labrador and Cocker Spaniel species may be able to smell the smell of Kovid-19 infected. Together, it will also be discovered whether these dogs can detect the virus in humans before they show symptoms.
The first such trial has started at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is being supported by the Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University.
A dog can do 22 screenings every hour
UK minister Lord Bethel said the trial was part of the government's effort to speed up its testing strategy. They hope that these dogs can produce results faster than the machine. A bio detection dog can screen about 22 people every hour and that is why they will also be used to identify Kovid-19 infected in future.
Smell samples and dog training in first phase
In the first phase trial, NHS staff will collect odor samples from people in London hospitals who are infected with the Corona virus and will also collect odor samples from people who have survived. After this, 6 dogs of these two species will be given training to identify the virus by sniffing the sample.
10 years of research revealed Dog's potential
In this work, co-founder and Chief Executive Doctor Clary Guest, co-founder of The Medical Detection Dogs, says, “We are full of hope that dogs can sniff out the identity of Kovid-19 infected.” The past 10 years of research have revealed that trained medical detection dogs can smell the disease in the same way as if two Olympic-sized swimming pools are filled with water and someone has spilled a spoonful of sugar inside it. And to find it.
In the second phase, we will land on ground zero
Professor Jams Logan of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine stated that, from our experience, it has been found that people with malaria have a special smell and medical detection dogs can smell it. We successfully trained dogs to detect malaria patients on this basis.
On the basis of this experience and this new information, it can be said that even in diseases related to lungs, there is a special smell from the body. We hope that medical dogs can identify Kovid-19 infected.
If the dogs give good results in the first trial then they will be taken to the second face where they will be literally landed on the ground zero and they will identify the people. After this, our plan is that we, along with other agencies, can really take these dogs to the front.