Forget the swabs, there is a new way to test for COVID-19
Is there something dogs can’t do?
I mean really, they keep earning their title of man’s best friend. From being a great companion, a home vacuuming system for fallen food, to functioning as a foot warmer, dogs improve our lives in so many ways.
And now the latest news from Thai researchers makes us even more grateful for our furry best friends – it turns out they can smell COVID-19.
Imagine a COVID-19 test if non-invasive, a tampon anywhere near your body is not necessary.
This is the claim of a team of scientists who claim that dogs can detect a peculiar smell emitted by humans infected with COVID-19.
WGRZ Reports that British scientists are also studying COVID detection dogs and that such trained dogs have been used in the United States at various sporting events in the past.
The figures from the Thailand study look very promising.
Associated Press Reports The researchers trained six golden retrievers to detect a particular odor emitted by the sweat of people with COVID-19.
Researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok conducted a study on 1000 people, and the dog detection success rate was 95 percent.
Researchers hope that using dogs to detect COVID-19 will help identify places that are hotspots in places where traditional lab tests might not be feasible or available.
According to the Associated Press, dogs have their limits. The head of the Thai research team, Professor Kaywalee Chatdarong, says that while the work of dogs is amazing, it is still animals.
“5:00 pm is their lunchtime. Around 4:50 pm they will start to get distracted. So you can’t really make them work anymore. And we can’t make them work after dinner either because they need to. of a nap… They are living animals and we must take into account their needs and their emotions ”. Said Chatdarong.
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