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Scientists behind trial with coronavirus sniffing dogs argue for worn T-shirts and socks

Scientists behind a coronavirus sniffing dog trial have made a case for worn-out T-shirts and socks from patients with tell-tale symptoms.

Researchers are trying to train a team of six dogs to smell the deadly disease in seconds, even in people with no symptoms.

But the test, with three working cocker spaniels, a labrador, a labradoodle, and a labrador golden retriever cross, needs ‘scent samples.’

Experts now appeal to those with mild Covid-19 symptoms who need to have a Pap smear or have been tested to help.

Volunteers will be asked to provide breath and body odors by wearing a mask for three hours, and nylon socks and a T-shirt for 12 hours.

Claire Guest, chief executive of Medical Detection Dogs, added, “It is essential that we train our dogs to detect the smell of Covid-19 as soon as possible.

The latest travel disturbances emphasize the difference the dogs could make. Public support is essential to make this possible.

“Anyone who helps us provide samples will play a role in creating a quick, effective and non-invasive diagnosis of the virus and safer spaces for all of us.”

She added that the dogs – four of whom are named Furby, Asher, Bumper, and Florin – could be trained in just six to eight weeks.

Dogs are known to have olfactory receptors that are 10,000 times more accurate than humans.

A new £ 500,000 trial (photo, Florin) is underway to see if dogs can sniff out the coronavirus and scientists are asking people with mild symptoms to participate

A new £ 500,000 trial (photo, Florin) is underway to see if dogs can sniff out the coronavirus and scientists are asking people with mild symptoms to participate

Researchers train a team of medical detection dogs, three working cocker spaniels, a labrador, a labradoodle, and a labrador golden retriever cross (photo, bumper) to smell the deadly disease in 0.5 seconds

Researchers train a team of medical detection dogs, three working cocker spaniels, a labrador, a labradoodle, and a labrador golden retriever cross (photo, bumper) to smell the deadly disease in 0.5 seconds

Researchers train a team of medical detection dogs, three working cocker spaniels, a labrador, a labradoodle, and a labrador golden retriever cross (photo, bumper) to smell the deadly disease in 0.5 seconds

Scientists are looking for 'odor samples' from people in the Northwest to help track down and find out if dogs (shown, Asher) can accurately record the smell of Covid-19, even in people who are asymptomatic

Scientists are looking for 'odor samples' from people in the northwest to help track down and find out if dogs (photo, Asher) can accurately pick up the scent of Covid-19, even in people who are asymptomatic

Scientists are looking for ‘odor samples’ from people in the Northwest to help track down and find out if dogs (shown, Asher) can accurately record the smell of Covid-19, even in people who are asymptomatic

There could be major consequences if the dogs (photo, Furby) successfully smell Covid-19 not only in medical settings, but also in other sectors of society, with researchers estimating that the animals could potentially screen up to 250 people per hour

There could be major consequences if the dogs (photo, Furby) successfully smell Covid-19 not only in medical settings, but also in other sectors of society, with researchers estimating that the animals could potentially screen up to 250 people per hour

There could be major consequences if the dogs (photo, Furby) successfully smell Covid-19 not only in medical settings, but also in other sectors of society, with researchers estimating that the animals could potentially screen up to 250 people per hour

They can detect odor concentrations as small as the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic-sized pools.

Studies have already shown that they can pick up ‘volatile organic compounds’, which are released in the early stages of many cancers.

In the UK, there are already charities that dogs use to detect cancer by smelling people’s breath and to recognize seizures in epilepsy patients.

HOW DOGS ‘SNIFF OUT CORONAVIRUS’?

Dogs are known to have olfactory receptors that are 10,000 times more accurate than humans.

This allows them to catch certain odors released in the sweat.

For coronavirus detection, dogs are offered clothes worn by the person being tested, which they then sniff.

In theory, they can then determine whether or not that person has coronavirus. They are claimed to be accurate to 92 percent.

Studies have already shown that they can pick up ‘volatile organic compounds’, which are released in the early stages of many cancers.

In the UK, there are already charities that dogs use to detect cancer by smelling people’s breath and to recognize seizures in epilepsy patients.

But evidence is beginning to show that they may also be useful in tracking down Covid-19, which has killed 700,000 people worldwide.

After sniffing 1,012 samples, German researchers reported that dogs using them had an accurate detection rate of about 94 percent – with 157 correct positive identifications, 792 correct reflections from uninfected samples but 33 incorrect results.

Professor Maren von Köckritz-Blickwede, who took part in the German study, said:We think this works because the metabolic processes in a sick patient’s body have completely changed.

“And we think the dogs can detect a specific odor from the metabolic changes that occur in those patients.”

While it’s unclear exactly how dogs can detect the virus, it seems they can do it with 94 percent accuracy.

But evidence is beginning to show that they may also be useful in tracking down Covid-19, which has killed 700,000 people worldwide.

Dubai International Airport has introduced the use of detection dogs that can detect coronavirus in passengers within minutes.

Officials say the dogs are 92 percent accurate at recognizing the disease, which can sometimes take days to trigger symptoms.

And last month, German researchers trained a dog army to distinguish between fluid samples from SARS-CoV-2 infected patients and healthy donors.

The new trial in the UK – which will cost around £ 500,000 – is being led by a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

People in the Northwest – where the number of cases has recently increased – are asked to contribute as the research is being conducted in collaboration with Durham University, but it is open to all.

Researchers hope to collect 325 positive and 675 negative samples to fully test the dogs for accuracy.

According to the team, samples are also collected from NHS volunteers and their families.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will then analyze the samples to identify odor levels that indicate when someone is infected with Covid-19.

The samples are then sent to the medical detection dog training center in Milton Keynes, where the animals will undergo training to identify the virus samples.

Professor James Logan, project leader, said, “If successful, this trial could revolutionize the way we diagnose the virus.

“Rapid screening of large numbers of people, even if they are asymptomatic, will help bring our lives back to some sort of normality.”

We hope that if the trial is successful, the dogs at UK airports can be used to screen people coming from abroad.

Ministers have reportedly been in talks with charities about rolling out detective dog armies at UK airports.

The researchers estimate that the animals may be able to screen up to 250 people per hour.

Professor Steve Lindsay, of Durham University – who is also involved in the study, said the dogs can be a “game changer.”

He said, “We will then be able to scale up the use of dogs in ports of entry to identify travelers entering the country with the virus.”

Professor Lindsay said this could be very important to help prevent a second wave of the epidemic, which experts fear is inevitable.

German researchers who trained dogs to detect Covid-19 last week said they were ‘amazed’ at how quickly they were able to recognize samples from infected patients.

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