Paris, France has garnered positive results after weeks of training German Shepherds to sniff out carriers of COVID-19.
The research conducted from veterinary school l’École Nationale Vétérinaire used sweat samples from Coronavirus-positive patients donated by a local hospital.
They then soaked the sweat in cotton wool and hid them under metal cones before telling the dogs to sniff out which cone held the infected and non-infected rags.
In 95% of the trials, the good bois were correct – with researchers observing that Coronavirus bearers emit a specific smell that can only be detected by the sensitive noses of typical bomb-sniffing German Shepherds.
‘Where we are today, we can say that there is a specific smell in the sweat of people of people who are COVID-positive, so carriers of the virus,’ explained the academy’s lead trainer Dominique Grandjean.
‘We could make the dogs available to local governments so that people can be tested without pain, for free and eventually, every day.’
With more ongoing research testing dogs’ sense of smell in detecting COVID-19, this could be a breakthrough in finding alternative (and faster) ways of mass testing.
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