Assistance Dogs Northwest is participating in a research study to teach dogs to detect the scent of coronavirus and help prevent the spread of infection. Once trained, medical detection dogs can be deployed in ports of entry and public gatherings, to provide rapid non-invasive screening for COVID-19. This work may prove integral in the fight against COVID-19 and be a method of screening large numbers of individuals very quickly.
This research is being conducted in partnership with Medical Detection Dogs UK, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and The Queens Medical Center in Hawaii. The ADNW team has previously partnered with Medical Detection Dogs UK on a research study teaching dogs to detect life-threatening bacterial infections in people. Learn more about that study here.