As nearly 150,000 people have died from coronavirus in the United States, the country could use all the help it can get to stop the crippling pandemic. Man’s best friend, a dog, might be the answer that gets America out of the pandemic and the economy up and running.
Dogs that have a few days of training are able to identify people infected with coronavirus at a 94 percent success rate, according to a German veterinary university study via Bloomberg.
The study involved eight dogs who sniffed the saliva of more than 1,000 healthy and infected people. The German veterinary university released this video on YouTube detailing the study:
While more studies need to be done to confirm the German study’s findings, the news is beyond promising.
If it only takes a few days to train the dogs, the United States could easily and quickly implement a dog training program. Once the dogs are trained, they could be sent out to do tests at a much faster rate and with far fewer costs than the current testing system.
Statista says there are nearly 90 million dogs in the United States.
Bloomberg’s Iain Rogers said dogs “could be deployed to detect infections at places such as airports, border crossings and sporting events with the proper training, according to the researchers.”
What school wouldn’t welcome a life-saving dog to campus?