Dubai Airports Checking Passengers By Taking Help From Coronavirus Sniffing Dogs That Are Capable Of Smelling 92% Of Cases
On 5th August 2020
The airport has become the first place in the world to use dogs to spot cases of Covid-19, after training them to detect passengers with the deadly virus within minutes.
In a statement, Dubai's Ministry of Interior said: "Data and studies showed that detection of presumed Covid-19 cases achieved approximately 92 percent in overall accuracy. Figures indicate that dogs can quickly detect infected cases, help protect key sites, effectively deal with huge crowds and secure large events, airports, etc."
Dubai airport has deployed dogs at the airport to check passengers. The dogs have the capability of sniffing out 92 percent of passengers infected with the coronavirus.
The airports have become the first place in the world to use dogs to detect the virus after training them.
In a statement, Dubai's Ministry of Interior said: "Data and studies showed that detection of presumed Covid-19 cases achieved approximately 92 percent in overall accuracy.
"Figures indicate that dogs can quickly detect infected cases, help protect key sites, effectively deal with huge crowds and secure large events, airports, etc."
As reported, samples are collected from the armpits of passengers traveling into Dubai before the swabs are placed inside containers. They are then placed inside isolated rooms where specially trained dogs will sniff the samples through funnels. If the animal indicates a trace of coronavirus, the passenger will then have to take the nasal COVID test.
A trial was launched in the UK as part of new research back in May to establish whether dogs could be used as a potentially new non-invasive, early warning measure to detect coronavirus in the future - even before symptoms begin.
First phase of the trial was carried out by the researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in collaboration with the charity Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University, backed by £500,000 of government funding.
The trial brings together leading disease control experts from the universities with Medical Detection Dogs, who have already successfully trained dogs to detect the odour of many different diseases in humans, such as cancer, malaria and Parkinson's disease.
Medical Detection Dogs with more than 10 years of research on dogs show that the dogs, could each screen up to 250 people per hour, can be trained to detect the odor of disease at the equivalent dilution of one teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic-sized swimming pools of water.
Minister for Innovation Lord Bethell said: "Bio-detection dogs already detect specific cancers and we believe this innovation might provide speedy results as part of our wider testing strategy.
"Accuracy is essential so this trial will tell us whether 'covid dogs' can reliably detect the virus and stop it spreading."
Dr Claire Guest, co-founder and CEO of Medical Detection Dogs, added: "We are delighted that the government has given us the opportunity to demonstrate that dogs can play a role in the fight against Covid-19. They have the potential to help by quickly screening people, which could be vital in the future."