Sunday, December 13, 2020

DOGS THAT DETECT CORONAVIRUS THROUGH THE AMPIT

 Dogs can be trained to detect people infected with coronavirus by sniffing their armpits, study finds, and they are already being used in airports around the world.

Daily Mail

Researchers from the National Veterinary School of Alfort, France, recruited six dogs previously trained to sniff out other things and re-trained them to detect Covid-19.  

Because of their famously acute sense of smell, dogs have been used to root out drugs, explosives and even successfully pick up diseases like colon cancer. 

A team of French scientists have now shown man's best friend can also help save lives during the pandemic by spotting the virus 75 to 100 per cent of the time.

A number of pilot schemes involving the dogs have been trialled around the world, including in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Finland and Australia. 

Travellers may already have seen the specially trained dogs at some airports, but the researchers are still trying to prove without a doubt that dogs can pick up the scent before the method is fully adopted and rolled out internationally.

The team behind the study hope their findings will mean dogs could be used in parts of the world without the infrastructure for expensive mass testing.

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