Trained dogs able to detect COVID-19 with high accuracy

New study supports theory dogs can be trained to detect presence or absence of COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continues around the world, scientists are looking for more and better ways to test people.

Volatile organic compounds produced during respiratory infections, like COVID-19, can have specific scent imprints that trained dogs can detect with a high rate of precision, researchers in Germany said.

The team used eight dogs trained for a week to detect saliva or tracheobronchial secretions, from SARS-CoV-2 positive patients. The dogs were subjected to a randomized, double-blinded and controlled study setup.

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