A new study shows that dogs can detect COVID-19 on objects and those infected by it.
Dogs are being trained to detect the coronavirus with pinpoint accuracy, with canines being able to smell COVID-19 on clothing people have worn with up to estimated 94 percent sensitivity, meaning the dogs would correctly identify 94 out of 100 people, according to The Guardian.
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Compare that to lateral flow tests, also known as rapid tests, that have a sensitivity between 58 and 77 percent. The polymerase chain reaction tests are slightly more sensitive, at 97 percent, albeit much slower than trained dogs, which can take under a second.
It only takes between eight and 10 weeks to train a dog how to detect COVID-19. The study has not yet been peer reviewed.
Dogs have been trained to detect ailments such as cancers, Parkinson’s and Type 1 diabetes, and some can detect disorders as well.
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