Clinicians in Nottingham are helping to test whether dogs can effectively be used to detect coronavirus in patients at the earliest stage of infection.
The trial is to test whether the virus can be identified before symptoms occur - or in cases where patients do not have any symptoms.
It will determine whether dogs could be used as a new rapid, non-invasive diagnostic tool for the virus.
To help train the dogs, members of staff from Nottiingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) are being asked to donate samples of their breath and body odour using face masks, clothing and even their sweaty socks.
Principal Investigator for the Nottingham arm of the trial, Professor Stephen Ryder,
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