Four dogs of different breeds trained by Finland’s Smell Detection Association started working this week at the Helsinki Airport as part of the government-financed trial.
“It’s a very promising method. Dogs are very good at sniffing,” Anna Hielm-Bjorkman, a University of Helsinki professor of equine and small animal medicine, said.
“If it works, it will be a good (coronavirus) screening method at any other place,” she said, listing hospitals, ports, elderly people’s homes, sports venues, and cultural events among the possible locations where trained dogs could put their snouts to work.
While researchers in several countries, including Australia, France, Germany the United States, are also studying canines as coronavirus detectors, the Finnish trial is among the largest so far.
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September 26, 2020