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May 2020



Собаки и COVID-19…

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Меня всегда восхищало, насколько в Природе все стройно  и насколько все Мудро устроено Тем, кто все это Создал?

Вот, к примеру, насколько развиты сейчас технологии, а, тем не менее, ничего совершеннее собачьего носа так и не было изобретено, особенно когда нужно отыскивать взрывчатку, наркотики, отыскать человека… Или, помочь человеку с диабетом или эпилепсией.. Здесь собачий нос также незаменим.

Вот, даже и со злополучным коронавирусом, также, уже проводятся исследования…

For the first time, the Government has recognised the impact that dogs can have in fighting disease by supporting a project to investigate whether they can play a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Medical Detection Dogs (MDD)  has spent years successfully researching the science behind dogs’ sense of smell and believes that dogs could detect COVID-19. We have always adopted a rigorous, scientific approach to our work, and produced more than a dozen peer reviewed research papers which support our belief that each disease has its own unique odour.  Medical Detection Dogs will be working in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Durham University, bringing together the team which recently collaborated to successfully prove that dogs can be trained to detect malaria.

Word of government funding means the collaborators can start collecting samples of the virus and making them safe for presentation to the dogs, with the aim of providing a rapid and non-invasive detection method that could help prevent a second peak and enable precious NHS resources to be used where most needed.

MDD has already started training a number of hand-picked dogs which have completed their basic training and will be ready to transfer to the new samples as soon as they arrive at our training centre.   We hope to have initial results confirming the presence of an odour which the dogs can detect within 6-8 weeks after samples arrive.

The dogs searching for COVID-19 will be trained in the same way as those we have already trained to detect diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and bacterial infections – by sniffing samples in our training room and indicating when they have found it.  They are also able to detect subtle changes in temperature of the skin, so could potentially tell if someone has a fever.

Once trained, dogs could also be used to assist with the rapid screening at key points of entry to identify travellers entering the country infected with the virus or be deployed in other public spaces, which could have a transformational impact on the response to the epidemic.

Commenting on the news, Dr Claire Guest, CEO and Co-Founder of Medical Detection Dogs, said: “We are delighted that the government has given us the opportunity to demonstrate that dogs can play a role in the fight against COVID-19. They have the potential to help by quickly screening people, which will be vital as the country moves out of lockdown.  Hopefully this will prevent a second peak and enable precious NHS resources to be used where most needed.

“We have already demonstrated our expertise in canine disease detection by successfully training dogs to detect diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and malaria, and we apply that same science to train life-saving Medical Alert Assistance Dogs to detect odour changes in individuals caused by their health condition.

“We are sure our dogs will be able to find the odour of COVID-19 and we will then move into a second phase to test them in live situations, following which we hope to work with other agencies to train more dogs for deployment. We are incredibly proud that a dog’s nose could once again save many lives.”

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