HANOVER, Germany — A German veterinary clinic has skilled sniffer dogs to detect the novel coronavirus in human saliva samples with 94% accuracy.
The dogs are conditioned to scent out the “corona odor” that comes from cells in contaminated individuals, mentioned Esther Schalke, a vet at Germany’s armed forces college for service dogs.
Filou, a 3-year-old Belgian Shepherd, and Joe Cocker, a 1-year-old Cocker Spaniel, are two of the dogs being skilled at Hanover’s University of Veterinary Medicine.
“We did a study where we had dogs sniffing samples from Covid-positive patients and we can say that they have a 94% probability in our study … that they can sniff them out,” mentioned Holger Volk, head of the veterinary clinic.
“So dogs can really sniff out people with infections and without infections, as well as asymptomatic and symptomatic Covid patients,” he added.
Stephan Weil, premier of Lower Saxony, the state of which Hanover is the capital, mentioned he was impressed with the research and referred to as for a feasibility assessments earlier than the sniffer dogs are put to make use of in on a regular basis life, resembling on individuals attending live shows.
“We now need tests in selected events,” Weil mentioned.
In Finland, dogs skilled to detect the novel coronavirus started sniffing passenger samples at Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa airport final September, in a pilot undertaking alongside extra common testing on the airport.
Chile’s Santiago worldwide airport can also be utilizing canine detectors.
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