Man’s best friend may soon have the best chance to set foot in a stadium again.
Dogs can smell coronoviruses with a striking 94 percent accuracy rate, increasing the likelihood of sporting events and immediate tests at airports, according to a new study.
According to the study, canine handlers trained eight dogs of the German Armed Forces with healthy saliva infected with COVID-19 by human saliva, headed by the University of Veterinary Hannover and Hannover Medical School.
According to the study, researchers then randomly sampled 1,000 people, ordered the dogs to be infected – and found that the animals were 94 percent accurate.
One researcher said it was able to make a potentially life-saving distinction because the virus “completely changes” an infected person’s internal chemistry – giving their saliva a different scent.
“We think dogs are capable of detecting a specific smell of metabolic changes occurring in those patients,” a university professor, Maran von Koacritz-Blickweed, who conducted the study, conducted a YouTuber video about the experiment. said in.
The study hoped that the use of lightning fast tests in dogs at sporting events and at airports and other mass celebrations could help prevent outbreaks.
During the study, the dogs were also trained for a week, which the researchers also used for samples of “respiratory secretions”. The study does not take into account which breed of dogs were trained, but Labrador retrievers were involved.
Dogs can smell 10,000 times more potent and accurately than humans and previous studies have shown that they can detect diseases such as malaria and cancer.