Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Trained dogs deployed in US schools to sniff out Kovid

Five schools in Massachusetts, US, have employed dogs trained to sniff out the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) among students and staff in schools. The BBC reported that two sniffer dogs, Hantah and Duke, were trained by the International Forensic Research Institute at Florida International University to detect odors associated with COVID-19 infection.

Dogs roam the classrooms, cafeterias, corridors and other school premises and if they smell COVID-19 on someone, they stop and put their paws in the area where they were detected with the virus. After the students and staff are identified, they are sent for testing.

Schools are following a strict seating plan and have embedded desks and chairs with barcodes that need to be scanned before the student can sit down. This helps them determine who used the desk.

People have reacted differently to this new development. Many people are wondering whether dogs can become carriers of the coronavirus or can dogs become infected by smelling the virus. Some also highlighted the potentially painful effects this practice can have on children.

Several studies have shown that dogs are accurate in detecting COVID-19. According to a report in Forbes, a double-blind study conducted by Florida International University with four dogs shows that there is a 97.5 percent accuracy in finding Kovid-19 by smelling surfaces and people.

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These results echoed those of another study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which found that dogs have an 82 percent to 94 percent success rate in detecting COVID-19. However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved dogs as a diagnostic tool when it comes to testing for COVID-19.

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