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Finland to deploy coronavirus-sniffing dogs at Helsinki Airport

Washington Post – Very good dogs are being deployed to use their keen and accurate sensory acuity to identify illness and disease in humans. “…The voluntary canine tests will deliver results within 10 seconds and require less than a minute of travelers’ time, said Anna Hielm-Björkman, a researcher at the University of Helsinki who is using the trial to gather data. Researchers in other countries, including the United States and the United Arab Emirates, are studying canine coronavirus tests. But the Finnish trial is among the largest in scale and farthest along…Researchers at the University of Helsinki this year found promising indications that dogs can detect the virus. Scientists say only large-scale trials, such as the one to begin Wednesday, can demonstrate just how effective the method will be in practice…the dogs to be deployed in Helsinki will sniff sweat samples and will not come into contact with travelers. People who agree to the test will swab their own necks to produce a sample, to submit through an opening in a wall, said Hielm-Björkman…”

See also / no paywall – Fast Company – There’s a new weapon against COVID-19. And it’s dogs

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