Dogs can now be trained to detect Covid cases

• According to a research published on Monday, dogs can be trained to detect more than 90 percent of Covid-19 infections eve when patients are asymptomatic.

• Keeping in mind their remarkable sense of smell, which is said to be able to pick up the equivalent of half a teaspoon of sugar in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, it has already been shown that dogs can sniff out maladies such as cancer, malaria, and epilepsy.

• Many studies have proof-of-concept that dogs can detect SAR-CoV-2.

• Samples of clothing and face masks of people who had tested positive for mild or symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 have been gathered by researchers from the London School of Tropical Medicine to see if digs could detect a distinctive odor given off from chemical compounds associated with someone who has tested positive for Covid but is not showing any symptom.

• The research showed that dogs were successfully able to identify between 94 and 82 percent of SARS-Cov-2.

• The researchers also found out that using dogs at airport terminal to screen arrivals could detect 91 percent of cases, resulting in a 2.24 times lower rate of transmission that with RTPCR tests alone.


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