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COVID-19 detection dogs research

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is currently running a research study to investigate whether dogs can be trained to detect COVID-19 through their sense of smell. The study is being funded by the Department of Health & Social Care, who are collaborating with the Medical Detection Dogs charity and Durham University.

As part of the study, they need to collect odour samples from people who are positive to train the dogs. They require public volunteers who have recently been tested for COVID-19 to wear a face mask for 3 hours and nylon socks and shirt for 12 hours in order to collect samples of their body and breath odour. It’s very simple, and can be done by the participant at home.

See the attached poster, and please contact them directly if you can help.