Dogs are being trained to sniff-out Covid, helps screen people in a crowd. Dogs can apparently have the ability to identify if a person has Cov
Dogs are being trained to sniff-out Covid, helps screen people in a crowd.
Dogs can apparently have the ability to identify if a person has Covid-19 or not. Czech dog trainers are in the works to help these dogs be effective in sniffing out an infected person amongst a crowd. Reports show that there’s a 95-percent chance for success in detection of a Covid-19 infected person by their scent.
Lenka Vlachova confirms the ability of the dogs to smell the virus. “The virus changes the human tissue affecting the scent signature of the person,” she explains. Their research had begun about a decade ago, and now, developments had lead them to results authorities can use to help control the spread of the virus.
Project head of said research is Gustav Hotovoy who explains, “The study is designed to verify dogs’ ability to detect COVID-19 and generate a method enabling the use of trained dogs in combatting the pandemic.” To confirm if this could also be applicable to other disease he adds, “the method should also work with other diseases, even more lethal than COVID-19.”
This could prevent border closures especially in the village of Kliny near the German border. Hotovoy says, “In the end, we should be able to detect a huge number of people in a very short time with a trained dog.” Having this in mind, this could also be helpful in returning world trade amongst countries as these dogs can sniff-out the virus in public places such as Airports, ship docks, and terminals.
The dogs are trained to sniff at six containers each has a piece of cloth inside with scents of patients with Covid, fake samples and those who do not have the virus. Samples are obtained by rubbing a cloth to the patient’s skin being careful it is virus-free so the dogs won’t catch the disease.
Katerina Jancarikova, a cynologist, shares that the virus only makes up “a fragment in the overall scent a part of the dogs’ puzzle.”
A research team from Finland had already reported that they use trained covid-sniffing dogs to scan passengers at Helsinki airport and claims the dogs’ detection abilities are close to 100-percent accurancy.