How will we do it?
Proof of principle (completed)
First we collected odour samples from people who were infected with COVID-19, and people who were uninfected. Then, we used those odour samples to train six medical detection dogs to sniff out the smell of COVID-19 accurately.
The next stage of research will involve testing our dogs to screen infected people in real-world settings. Then we will work with other experienced partners to scale-up operations rapidly to deploy COVID-19 detection dogs in airports or other venues to screen large numbers of people, providing a rapid non-invasive screening for COVID-19. One single dog can screen up to 250 people per hour. We are already discussing scale up with international border agencies in several countries around the world.