A health minister is “extremely hopeful” that dogs can be used to detect Covid-19.
In the UK, sniffer dogs could soon be used to track down people infected with the coronavirus.
There is hope that dogs could be used at airports or busy places to detect people infected with Covid-19.
Finland has already used coronavirus sniffer dogs at its main international airport in a four-month trial.
It is hoped that they can be used to control crowds at airports and other busy places to detect infected people.
Lord Bethell praised an “extremely exciting” trial to see if trained dogs can be used to identify unique odours associated with a coronavirus infection.
Lord Bethell replied, “I take my hat off to the School of Tropical Medicine for conducting an extremely exciting experiment.
In a speech in the House of Lords, Crossbench colleague Baroness Masham of Ilton asked: “May I ask the Minister what he thinks about trained sniffer dogs to track down Covid-19?
“And does he know that the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is one of several groups that have evaluated the accuracy of using sniffer dogs?
“In fact, the Secretary of State (Matt Hancock) is visiting them this afternoon to find out about the current status of the study.
“The validation of this method has not yet been proven, but I am personally very hopeful and remain grateful to those involved in the pilot trial.
“Dogs can be used as a means of crowd control in places such as airports and places with high visitor density.