A man’s best friend could soon be the best chance of ever standing in the stadium again.
According to a new study, dogs can clean the coronavirus with 94% accuracy – which increases the likelihood of immediate tests at sporting events and airports.
According to a study conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover and the Hanover Medical School, the handlers trained eight dogs of the German Armed Forces to recognize COVID-19-infected human saliva from healthy saliva.
The researchers then randomly collected samples from 1,000 people, ordered the dogs to identify those infected – and the study found that the animals were accurate 94 percent of the time.
The doves were able to recognize a potential life-saving difference because the virus is likely to “completely change”; the infected person’s internal chemistry – giving his saliva a different scent, one researcher said.
“We think dogs can detect the specific odor of the metabolic changes that occur in these patients,” Maren von Koeckritz-Blickwede, a university professor who conducted the study, said in a YouTube video about the experiment.
The study raises hopes that dogs could help prevent an outbreak by using lightning-fast tests at sporting events and at airports and other mass gatherings.
During the study, the dogs were trained one week before they learned to conjure the disease with remarkable accuracy. The study does not notice what breed of dogs was trained, but it seems that Labrador Retrievers were also involved.
Dogs can smell up to 10,000 times more effective and accurate than humans, and previous studies have shown that they can detect diseases such as malaria and cancer.