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Thu Dec 24, 2020, 01:01 PM

Dogs That Sniff Out COVID-19 Report For Duty At Chile's Santiago Airport

12/24/2020 11:37 am ET

A team of Golden Retrievers and Labradors sit when they smell the virus and get a treat.

Reuters Staff

SANTIAGO, Dec 23 (Reuters) - The task of sniffing out passengers infected with COVID-19 at Chile’s Santiago international airport is going to the dogs.

A team of Golden Retrievers and Labradors sit when they smell the virus and get a treat. The canines sport green ”biodetector” jackets with a red cross.

Passengers at an airport health checkpoint wipe their necks and wrists with gauze pads that are then put in glass containers and sent to the dogs to see if they detect COVID-19.

Sniffer dogs are best-known for finding drugs and explosives but have also previously been trained to detect malaria, cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Dogs trained to detect the novel coronavirus have already begun sniffing passenger samples at airports in the United Arab Emirates and Finland.

A study recently found dogs can identify infected individuals with 85% to 100% accuracy and rule out infection with 92% to 99% accuracy.

More:
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/covid-19-sniffing-dogs-santiago-airport_n_5fe4c13cc5b6e1ce8338f206

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 01:10 PM

1. I wonder if it is really the neck and wrist they are wiping.

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Thu Dec 24, 2020, 01:11 PM

2. Whooze a good dog?

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Thu Dec 24, 2020, 02:36 PM

3. That's amazing

But dogs generally are.

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