According to health experts, it is suggested to now rely on dogs for COVID-19 testing as they can easily, quickly, and accurately detect the virus. These experts claim that traditional testing methods are unnecessary for dogs because a dog’s sense of smell can effectively perform the test.
According to these experts, there is no need for the traditional testing process since dogs can detect the virus simply by smelling. Dogs have been trained in such a way that they can sniff people’s ankles and, if the person is infected with the COVID-19 virus, the dog indicates it right there.
Handlers and caregivers of these dogs use worn masks from individuals to train these dogs for COVID-19 testing purposes.
These experts argue that a dog can detect the COVID-19 virus more rapidly and accurately than the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and PCR tests due to their exceptional smelling capabilities.
Their olfactory abilities are so heightened that they can even identify individuals who do not exhibit scientific symptoms of COVID-19.
Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and BioScent, conducted a study in which they analyzed 29 research studies involving 400 scientists from 30 countries.
The study revealed that trained dogs can detect COVID-19 infections even from a very low viral load, indicated by very faint odor cues, as evidenced by analyzing over 31,000 samples.
According to these experts, the research demonstrated that around 84% of the dogs could accurately indicate whether someone had COVID-19 to a significant extent, compared to medical tests.
In conclusion, health experts suggest that dogs, trained through a specific methodology, have the potential to be highly accurate in detecting COVID-19 infections, surpassing the accuracy of certain medical tests. Their extraordinary olfactory capabilities make them valuable allies in the fight against the pandemic.