Using sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19

@JudyEv (264280)
Rockingham, Australia
January 13, 2022 5:51pm CST
Sniffer dogs have been used in a number of roles for a number of years. Now, they are being trained to detect COVID-infected people. Dogs are already used to find people infected with malaria. Early results are very promising and, although larger studies are being undertaken, sniffer dogs are already being used in some instances. The dogs sniff sweat samples and don’t come into direct contact with people. Results are instantaneous and so far the dogs have a better strike rate than the RAT (Rapid Antigen Test). Using sniffer dogs would be very beneficial for low-income countries with limited laboratory resources. Photo is of a cute dog we saw in France. He doesn't look like he'd excel at COVID detection but I could be wrong.
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@DaddyEvil (68568)
• United States
14 Jan
Did he bark at you in French?
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
He was at a market and looked thoroughly browned off.
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@DaddyEvil (68568)
• United States
14 Jan
@JudyEv Does that mean he looked bored? (I've never heard of "browned off".)
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@FourWalls (38481)
• United States
14 Jan
Le bark!
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@oahuwriter (19756)
• United States
14 Jan
Interesting. Still prefer home test kits though. Feel sorry for the fur baby.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
I think they'd look after the dogs. If they didn't, the success rate would plummet. And a lot of dogs enjoy their work.
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@oahuwriter (19756)
• United States
16 Jan
@JudyEv That's good! In America, home covid tests is really beginning to be the best. I went to the pharmacy to pick up my meds and I asked about the free covid test kits. It'll be on Jan. 19, but, they're not sure if how it'll be. President Biden is getting a site ready for distribution of free home covid tests & N95 masks. I'm waiting for that site. The kits & masks come via mail.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Jan
@oahuwriter I hope you'll get your free kits soon.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
14 Jan
I never knew dogs could detect someone with malaria. Now I'm wondering that if the dogs can sniff covid in the near future, then they too can catch COVID-19
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
Perhaps they can catch covid. I don't think they have to get very close to the people they're testing. As far as I could work out, they give them an item of clothing to sniff. .
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
@mildredtabitha I suppose the trainers are all employed by an organisation or health care facility.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
16 Jan
@JudyEv ooh alright. Sounds like an easy job
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@saytama (479)
• Chisinau, Moldova
14 Jan
If we take into account the fact that in some countries the test costs about 80 euros , we cost about 50 euros now they have made it a little cheaper about 30 , then the dog would have saved the situation , and I also heard that some people suffer asymptomatically
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
Yes, that's true. Some people have no symptoms. And dogs will work just for their board and lodging, won't they? They don't need to be paid.
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@saytama (479)
• Chisinau, Moldova
14 Jan
@JudyEv I would say that this is a huge business , they earn money on people , they earn money on animals , they earn money on everything
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@saytama (479)
• Chisinau, Moldova
14 Jan
@JudyEv I am against the use and exploitation of both people and animals , but nowadays you no longer understand where good and evil are
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@allknowing (103006)
• India
14 Jan
I thought only certain breeds are used as sniffer dogs
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
The one in the photo isn't a sniffer dog. I'm sorry if I implied he was.
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@allknowing (103006)
• India
14 Jan
@JudyEv You have been quite explicit and clear leaving nothing to one's imagination in your post
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
@allknowing Why, thank you!
• Peoria, Arizona
14 Jan
that is actually really amazing and so helpful! We don't deserve dogs, but we should be grateful towards them because they really have changed things for us.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
It's incredible what dogs can do. It seems just a matter of communicating with them properly.
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• Peoria, Arizona
15 Jan
@JudyEv They seem to listen to communication than majority of humanity!
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• Peoria, Arizona
15 Jan
@JudyEv They seem to listen to communication than majority of humanity!
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@snowy22315 (129848)
• United States
14 Jan
Dog's noses are amazing. I know some can even detect cancer.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
I don't think we have tapped into half the things that dogs can detect.
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@snowy22315 (129848)
• United States
14 Jan
@JudyEv Maybe not
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@CarolDM (168920)
• Nashville, Tennessee
14 Jan
Sweet dog. I read articles about this.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
There seems no end to the things that dogs can do.
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@CarolDM (168920)
• Nashville, Tennessee
14 Jan
@JudyEv Totally agree with you.
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@DocAndersen (55526)
• United States
14 Jan
my dogs would be so lazy! They would only sniff for covid if the person actually sat right in front of them
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
They might work for treats though - or are they too well fed?
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@DocAndersen (55526)
• United States
15 Jan
@JudyEv that is a great question, they will do things for rewards yes.
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@aninditasen (3829)
• Raurkela, India
14 Jan
They have to be careful as the virus enters through the nose. It's very likely that the dog may get infected while sniffing the sweat.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
I guess that is possible.
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• Raurkela, India
15 Jan
@JudyEv That's very much possible. They have to vaccinate the sniffer dogs.
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@Dena91 (16765)
• United States
14 Jan
That is interesting indeed. What a sweet picture of a pup.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
The dog looks like he just wants to go home.
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@Dena91 (16765)
• United States
14 Jan
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@RasmaSandra (50748)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 Jan
That is a cute looking dog, That is interesting about the dogs and I hope this will be of help,
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Jan
It might become a cheap alternative to testing all the time.
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@Lucky15 (37438)
• Philippines
14 Jan
it would be great if dogs can sniff covid and the dog in the pic is so cute!!
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
It would be a much cheaper option than continually testing people.
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@rebelann (94300)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Jan
I saw that article on the news feed on Bing.com a few days ago. I have to wonder how they train them to detect diseases.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
I wonder that too but I guess they have their ways.
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@BarBaraPrz (34786)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Jan
They have highly developed senses of smell. Just think of all the dogs on 'walkies' who stop to check their p-mail.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
There is a road crossing outside our kitchen window and a bush, and every dog that goes past that bush leaves his p-mail.
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• Philippines
14 Jan
Dogs really are incredible creatures!
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
It seems they can be trained for a great many duties.
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@LindaOHio (82421)
• United States
14 Jan
Cute dog and an interesting post.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
Thanks. I thought it was interesting.
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@FayeHazel (38071)
• United States
14 Jan
That's pretty amazing that they're more accurate than the rapid test. I hope the dogs can't catch it or anything. I wonder if it's a specific breed of dog. That one in your photo is cute
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
There seem to be a few breeds that excel at this kind of work.
@bunnybon7 (48516)
• Holiday, Florida
14 Jan
oh I just wish the whole mess would go away as I'm sure everyone else does. yes it's cute dog.
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
It would be good if it would all go away but it doesn't seem likely at the moment.
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@wolfgirl569 (48255)
• Marion, Ohio
14 Jan
I hope they keep working out
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@JudyEv (264280)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Jan
It seems there is now a lot of work in this area.
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