Virussniffing dogs deployed in Finland
Finland has deployed coronavirussniffing dogs at the Nordic country’s main international airport in a fourmonth trial of an alternative testing method that could become a costfriendly and quick way to identify infected travelers.
Four dogs of different breeds trained by Finland’s Smell Detection Association started working Wednesday at the Helsinki Airport as part of the governmentfinanced trial.
It takes the dog a mere 10 seconds to sniff the virus samples before it gives the test result by scratching a paw, laying down, barking or otherwise making its conclusion known. The process should be completed within one minute.
While researchers in several countries, including Australia, France, Germany the United States, are also studying canines as coronavirus detectors, the Finnish trial is among the largest so far.
The coronavirus sniffer dogs sit near their trainers at the Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland.