Medical detection dogs & Coronavirus
- 9 April 2020
- Group News
No doubt you all remember last year’s talk on the work of the Medical Detection Dogs who are from Milton Keynes, and the wonderful work they do especially as more than 80% of their assistance dogs are homed with those suffering with various strains of type 1 Diabetes.
Well I am pleased to inform you that they are now getting involved in the fight against the Coronavirus. You may well have seen media coverage over the past week regarding the potential of Medical Detection Dogs to detect COVID-19. Apparently the world is very excited by this prospect with interest from as far afield as the USA, Malaysia and Australia as well as lots of coverage in the UK.
Medical Detection Dogs strongly believe that their dogs can become a vital part of the fight against the virus. Their CEO, Dr Claire Guest says "We are sure dogs can detect COVID-19. The aim is that dogs will be able to screen anyone, including those who are asymptomatic, and tell us whether they need to be tested. This would be fast, effective and non-invasive and make sure the limited NHS testing resources are only used where they are really needed."
“Looking to the future, our dogs, each of which could screen up to 250 people per hour could be deployed in ports of entry or to any public space, to provide rapid non-invasive triage screening for COVID-19. THERE IS HUGE POTENTIAL FOR MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS TO HELP DEFEAT COVID-19”
I understand they are currently fund raising to make this a reality, let’s hope they succeed in raising the funds, and helping to defeat this awful disease.