Canine helpers in Helsinki
Helsinki/vantaa has introduced dogs to sniff out potential COVID-19 instances and therefore lessen the possibility of infection spread.
At the moment, ten puppies have been already trained to discover coronavirus, four have been put on shift at once, and have started work sniffing passenger samples in the capital’s gateway. Researchers expect that the dogs will provide an efficient process of testing passengers upon arrival.
Detecting the virus is relatively easy for dogs and the results have so far been encouraging. Based on preliminary tests conducted by a research team at the Veterinary Faculty at the University of Helsinki, dogs Can smell the virus with nearly 100 percent accuracy. They’re also able to identify the virus days before the symptoms have even started — a feat that laboratory tests fail to do. As far as we know, no additional airport has attempted to use canine scent detection on such a large scale from [coronavirus]. We are pleased with the city of Vantaa’s initiative. This may be an additional step forward on the way to beating COVID-19.”
Taking a dog test at the centre does not include direct contact with the creature. Instead, the dog will do its work in a separate booth and people taking the test will wash their skin using a test wipe and then drop it into a cup, which is then supplied to the pet. This Additionally protects the dog’s handler from illnesses. Each of the evaluations are processed anonymously.
If the test is identified as a positive consequence, the passenger will be directed to a health information stage preserved by the city of Vantaa, which is located at the airport.
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