Dogs are trained to recognize a potential odor given off by coronavirus patients in order to help detect the disease.
Sniffer dogs have been trained to detect cancers, malaria, Parkinson’s disease and soon … the coronavirus. Detecting the sick is one of the key points of the deconfinement plan, which begins in France on May 11. To complete the tests, Professor Dominique Grandjean, of the National Veterinary School of Alfort (Val-de-Marne), had the idea of training dogs to detect a potential odor emitted by coronavirus patients. Eight dogs have been trained for this since last Friday in Ajaccio, Corsica.
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The protocol for this trial, known as Nosais, is simple: the sweating of COVID-19 patients is collected on sniffed compresses a hundred times a day for a week by the dogs chosen for the experiment. They will then be put to the test to find these compresses among others not contaminated and will be rewarded when they succeed. “When this pandemic arrived, we said to ourselves that there was no reason why the virus should not leave a scent on a person. It has already been demonstrated for viral diseases in cattle where dogs serve as tools for detecting these diseases, “explained the professor at the microphone of Europe 1.
The first results known in mid-May
“Any firefighter, gendarme, national police or customs dog could be trained. A dog capable of detecting explosives knows 40 different smells. Now we’re just going to put one more and that’s not going to be a problem for him, ”he added.
Other territories than Corsica should try the experiment, the first results of which should be known in mid-May. If it proves conclusive, these dogs could, for example, be deployed at airports to help detect infected people.
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