Covid sniffer dogs can detect coronavirus with 94% accuracy

Sniffer dogs can detect coronavirus in human saliva samples with 94% accuracy, according to German scientists.

The dogs, which were trained at Hanover’s University of Veterinary Medicine, have been primed to pick up the ‘corona odour’ of infected cells, according to German armed forces vet Esther Schalke.

Some of the pandemic-fighting pups include Filou, a three-year-old Belgian Shepherd, and Joe Cocker, a one-year-old Cocker Spaniel.

‘We did a study where we had dogs sniffing samples from COVID-positive patients and we can say that they have a 94% probability in our study… that they can sniff them out,’ said Holger Volk, head of the veterinary clinic.

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