Can dogs recognize coronavirus by smell?

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While some scientists are developing vaccines against the global corona virus, others are developing completely different and sometimes even amazing methods of detecting and treating COVID-19. One of the ways to get rid of the coronavirus, which is already fed up with everything, can be a sensitive smell of dogs that, as you know, has long helped a person identify a potential threat to life. Some dog breeds may have successfully found both explosives and poor health symptoms and may be able to identify patients with coronavirus infection. Let's get it right.

Spaniel – a hunting breed

What a dog's nose can do

When the coronavirus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, no one expected the disease to trigger a pandemic in a few months and claim many lives. To learn how to identify carriers of COVID-19, scientists want to use specially trained dogs. Although this idea may not sound very serious at first glance, there are indications that scientists have previously been able to train jumping spaniels to detect malaria and some other dangerous diseases.

Interesting fact: the smell of a dog is 40 times stronger than that of a person. However, some scientists believe that this number may be underestimated.

Dogs have a number of advantages over humans. Thanks to their pungent smell, we have a good chance of escaping the corona virus that threatens the entire planet. But how?

This is what a typical spaniel dog looks like.

It is known that the delicate smell of dogs is due to large and thickened olfactory bulbs, the size of which is four times larger than that of humans. A special sniffing method that involves frequent and short breaths helps animals collect flavored molecules and find their source. Such a hypersensitive system can detect not only various chemical and explosive substances, but also cancer, Parkinson's and some other human diseases, according to

Dogs feel the slightest temperature fluctuations in the human body.

In order to find a new way to detect a dangerous disease, scientists from England are developing methods for training dogs to detect COVID-19. Previously, a group of researchers had managed to train a spaniel dog to detect the smell of malaria using sock samples previously worn by sick children. It should also be noted that dogs identify an infected child with particular accuracy. In the future, customs inspections are planned in such an unusual way to prevent the spread of a malaria infection outside of disadvantaged countries.

Malaria is an infectious disease that is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites from the Anopheles species. The disease is associated with fever, chills, and enlargement of the spleen and liver.

How a dog helps

As mentioned above, some respiratory diseases can affect our body odor. These diseases include the well-known coronavirus infection, whose detection method can be similar to other infectious diseases. If so, dogs can also learn to recognize it based only on the smell of our skin. Dog handlers involved in dog training are convinced of the positive outcome of such an unusual technique and believe that it will not be difficult for their stations to identify the patient. The training of new "COVID-19 detection specialists" should take a very short time. If accountants still manage to train the spaniels to identify the disease, this will help diagnose the coronavirus as soon as possible, which means that it will be quicker to isolate the sick and start treatment.

While scientists are looking for ways to identify and treat the corona virus, almost all of Russia is at home. Read this article about why quarantine is considered the best way to fight COVID-19.

According to some estimates, trained dogs can control up to 250 people per hour, which indicates a good work speed without compromising the accuracy of the result. In addition, the effectiveness and speed of tests with dogs can be even more accurate than with the currently available COVID-19 tests.

In we have already written about the main symptoms of the coronavirus. To learn how to properly diagnose your condition without confusing it with SARS and influenza, we encourage you to read this article.