In Russia, dogs are trained to recognize coronavirus in people by the smell.

By | October 1, 2020
In Russia, dogs are trained to recognize coronavirus in people by the smell.

A research project on express identification of coronavirus carriers with dogs was launched in Russia. This was announced by Rospotrebnadzor on the eve of September 30.

“The Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare, Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, FBUN SSC WB “Vector” together with PJSC “Aeroflot” and FGBU “National Medical and Surgical Center named after N.I. Pirogov” is conducting a research project to develop a method of non-invasive express identification of carriers of new coronavirus infection with the help of dogs,” – the report says.
Aeroflot’s Canine Service is already training service dogs to detect coronavirus by smell.

As TOP NEWS reported, earlier such a project was launched at the Helsinki Airport. After receiving luggage arriving at the Finnish airport passengers of international flights are asked to wipe their necks with a napkin. In a separate booth, a can with a napkin is placed next to others, containing other smells, and a dog is brought. Usually, the animal shows that it found the virus by yapping, pointing with its paw, or taking a lying position. After that, the passenger is recommended to pass PCR-test. According to scientists, animals identify the virus even better than PCR testing.