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Camilla Rosemary, second wife of Crown Prince Charles, visited the Medical Detection Dogs organization in 2013. Detective dogs are now to help fight the corona virus in the UK.
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Dogs have also been used in the discovery of cancer and diabetes due to their pronounced sense of smell. Now they should help fight Covid-19.

I.n Great Britain, dogs are to be trained to use their extremely strong sense of smell to sniff out infections with the novel corona virus. The charity Medical Detection Dogs entered into a partnership with scientists for this project, as announced on Friday.

According to the plans, the fine noses of the four-legged friends should be sensitized within six weeks to the smell emanating from Covid-19 – the lung disease caused by the coronavirus – so that they can be used for diagnosis.

“Basically, we are sure that dogs could spot Covid-19,” said Medical Detection Dogs chairwoman Claire Guest. Currently, methods are still being investigated as to how the odor emitted by corona patients can be captured in order to present it to the dog’s nose.

Dogs are already used to discover other diseases such as cancer or diabetes. Medical Detection Dogs has already carried out various training programs for the four-legged friends.

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