According to a professor at Florida International University, dogs that discover the coronavirus at the entrances to sports venues and theme parks in central Florida could soon be normal.
Dr. Kenneth Furton is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
He also serves as the university’s provost, and said dogs can detect COVID-19 more than 90 percent accurately.
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Furton said over the past six months the university has trained dogs to do detective work on the COVID-19 scene in rooms and theaters.
The school said nine out of ten cases the dogs can detect someone infected with COVID-19.
The researchers are collecting used face covers from COVID-19-confirmed positive patients at a nearby hospital to train the dogs.
If a dog is already trained to recognize smells, training to detect COVID-19 could take about two weeks, according to Furton.
According to Furton, theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando Resort might consider using the COVID-19 sniffer dogs as an additional level of protection.
“In Orlando with all the theme parks, this could certainly be a very viable option. Rapid tests, maybe you can get the results in 45 minutes. These dogs will give you an answer in seconds, ”said Furton.
Furton also said three of the Tallahassee school’s COVID-19 sniffer dogs are currently stationed at Governor Ron DeSantis’ Emergency Operations Center.
These dogs actively search rooms for the virus.
Another trained dog has scanned the campus and classrooms, according to the FIU.
“We mostly use them in areas where we can do a thorough cleaning as it might be a room or to identify the filters. There might be a positive COVID-19 person in that room,” said Dr. Furton said.
At a sports venue, Furton said, dogs can detect the virus by separating people within two meters of each other while scanning.
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