Trained dogs may be the next big thing in COVID testing. The tests being used now, called PCR or “polymerase chain reaction” tests, aren’t very accurate. Well-trained dogs have a much better track record.
Humans have about five million scent receptors. Dogs have around 300 million of them, giving them a big advantage when it comes to smelling. Dogs can be used to find criminals. Using a piece of clothing worn by a missing person can help a dog locate people gone missing or abducted. Dogs have also been taught to detect illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and malaria. And now – for the first time – dogs are being trained to detect coronavirus in human beings.
Pooches Over PCR
Training dogs to detect COVID can be a lot cheaper than PCR testing, and dogs can be ready to work in just a few short weeks.
Already, places like the NBA, the Beirut airport, and building companies in London are using the clever canines to lower the costs and improve COVID testing.
Thanks to man’s best friend, we may now have a more reliable way to test for the virus.