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Turns Out, Helsinki Airport Uses Dogs To Sniff Out Coronavirus And It’s Faster Than Lab Testing
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Turns Out, Helsinki Airport Uses Dogs To Sniff Out Coronavirus And It’s Faster Than Lab Testing

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Are adorable, fluffy doggies going to be the ones to help save humanity from the global pandemic? There’s a big possibility that they are. I mean, they’ve been doing it for quite a while already, but in more of an emotional sense. But apparently, dogs are now professionally trained and they are able to sniff out COVID-19 faster than laboratory testing.

Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently, professionally trained dogs have recently started working at Helsinki airport in Finland to help detect COVID-19-infected passengers.

More info: finavia.fi

Research indicated that dogs are able to smell coronavirus with almost 100% certainty

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Apparently, a research group at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Helsinki recently conducted a study whose results indicated that dogs are able to smell the virus with almost 100% certainty. Moreover, they are able to detect the virus before the symptoms have even started, which is impossible with laboratory testing.

“It’s a very promising method. Dogs are very good at sniffing,” Anna Hielm-Bjorkman, a University of Helsinki professor, told Global News. “If it works, it will be a good (coronavirus) screening method at any other places.”

A passenger is asked to swipe their skin with a wipe which is then put into a jar and given to a dog

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Unfortunately, taking this test doesn’t include direct contact with the dog. Apparently, those taking a test will have to swipe their skin using a test wipe and drop it into a cup. After that, the cup is given to a dog to do the sniffing job. It takes about 10 seconds for dog to sniff a sample.

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According to Finavia, in the future, four dogs will work at the airport during a shift. “Dogs need to rest from time to time. While two dogs are working, the other two are on a break. The service is mainly intended for passengers arriving from outside the country,” says Susanna Paavilainen, CEO of Suomen hajuerottelu – WiseNose Ry, University of Helsinki’s DogRisk research group.

It takes about 10 seconds for dog to sniff a sample

Image credits: finavia.fi

Here’s what people think about this new COVID-19 testing method

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SoRo
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a great idea! Dogs can smell cancer and detect high or low blood sugar too!

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AnaV.pt
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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's true, they can be trained to smell various issues, and can help save lifes. Unfortunately, that valuable help always stays as a curious minority, because it's not profitable and the big pharma companies need profits

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dogs can detect and smell if you have cancer or not, I think these dogs will do the good job.

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SoRo
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a great idea! Dogs can smell cancer and detect high or low blood sugar too!

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AnaV.pt
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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's true, they can be trained to smell various issues, and can help save lifes. Unfortunately, that valuable help always stays as a curious minority, because it's not profitable and the big pharma companies need profits

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Meeow
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dogs can detect and smell if you have cancer or not, I think these dogs will do the good job.

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