Dogs can be trained to sniff out COVID-19, randomized trial finds

Trained dogs were able to identify samples from people with COVID-19 with 92% accuracy in a randomized trial conducted in Finland, researchers reported.
Anu Kantele, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Helsinki, told Healio that the study was prompted by a need to be able to screen large crowds during the pandemic.
Kantele was contacted by Anna Hielm-Björkman, DVM, PhD, CVA, from the university’s department of equine and small animal medicine.
“I became immediately enthusiastic about the idea since I have always admired the scenting ability of my own dogs,”

Trained dogs were able to identify samples from people with COVID-19 with 92% accuracy in a randomized trial conducted in Finland, researchers reported.
Anu Kantele, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Helsinki, told Healio that the study was prompted by a need to be able to screen large crowds during the pandemic.
Kantele was contacted by Anna Hielm-Björkman, DVM, PhD, CVA, from the university’s department of equine and small animal medicine.
“I became immediately enthusiastic about the idea since I have always admired the scenting ability of my own dogs,”