Can dogs diagnose COVID-19 by scent?

A research team led by the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo) has published a pilot study with impressive results: trained dogs identified 94 % of positive COVID-19 samples as volatile organic compounds produced during respiratory infections can cause specific scent imprints.

Read the paper:
Jendrny, P., Schulz, C., Twele, F. et al. Scent dog identification of samples from COVID-19 patients – a pilot study. BMC Infect Dis 20, 536 (2020). 

Press release:
Diagnoses by dog noses
Dogs can discriminate between samples from SARS-CoV-2 infected humans and control samples.


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