Jan. 29.2021 | Updated: September 17, 2021

Dogs Have Learned to Smell COVID 19

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Italpol demonstrated at Rome Fiumicino Airport how its trained service dogs can identify passengers infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The company has demonstrated the dogs’ work in one of the airport’s terminals in the arrivals area. In the future, it is planned to use these animals, not for demonstrations, but to work with real passengers.

Italpol explained that it takes six to eight weeks to train a dog to identify people who might be infected with COVID-19 by smell. One of the advantages of this method is that the dog can quickly identify a potential patient even if he does not have any symptoms. The Italian dog handlers explained that the training is in the form of a game: if the dogs successfully detect the “smell” of the coronavirus, they are given a ball to play with.

The idea of using dogs to determine whether a person is sick with coronavirus is not new: it has been implemented not only in Italy but also in France and Finland, the study of similar methods also began in Russia last fall.

Training is based on the fact that people with COVID-19 – have a special smell, which dogs with a good sense of smell can catch. The task of the cynologist is to make sure that the animal reacts exactly to this smell and clearly warns about the detection of a potentially sick person.

Animals that do not suffer from this virus can help us overcome the pandemic and walk with them more and in larger groups.

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