How can you help?

Volunteer for the study

We believe that the use of Medical Detection Dogs may be a robust solution to the extremely urgent need for improved diagnostics for COVID-19.​

We are looking for people who:

  • Are due to have a coronavirus swab test or have had a swab test conducted in the previous 72 hours.
  • Have suspected mild COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19, or have received results of a positive COVID-19 swab test conducted in the previous 72 hours, or are a current NHS staff member or currently living with an NHS staff member.
  • Aged 16 years old or older.
  • Willing and able to wear a face mask for at least 3 hours, and nylon socks and a shirt for 12 hours.

Your part in this study would involve providing the result of your swab test, as well as samples of your breath and body odour which would be achieved through the wearing of a mask, shirt and nylon socks.

For more details on how you can volunteer or support us, please contact LSHTM on 0207 927 2777 or at

The volunteer phoneline is open 8am-8pm on weekdays, and 9am-7pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. Outside of these hours, please use the email address above.

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