Can dogs identify coronavirus smell?

While some scientists are developing a vaccine that engulfed the whole world coronavirus, others develop are quite different and sometimes even surprising ways to identify and treat COVID-19. One of these methods to rid from the already podnadoevshego all of coronavirus can become sensitive nose dogs, which are known long ago help a person to identify a potential threat to life. Successfully finding the explosives, and the symptoms of ill health, some dog breeds may be able to detect and patients with coronavirus infection. Let’s deal.

Spaniel is a hunting breed

What a dog’s nose

When the coronavirus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, no one expected that after a couple of months the disease will cause a pandemic, and will take away many human lives. In order to learn to identify carriers COVID-19, scientists want to use specially trained dogs. Although at first glance this idea sounds too serious, there is evidence that scientists had previously been able to train spaniels-the springers to identify malaria and some other dangerous diseases.

Interesting fact: the sense of Smell in dogs is 40 times stronger than a human. However, some scientists believe that this figure may be understated

Dogs have many advantages over man. So, thanks to their acute sense of smell, we may have a good chance to escape from threatening the planet coronavirus. But in what way?

It looks like a typical dog breed Spaniel

It is known that subtle scent dogs due to large and thickened olfactory bulbs, whose dimensions are 4 times more human. A special way of sniffing, which is a frequent and short breaths, it helps animals to accumulate scented molecules and find their source. This sensitive system is able to experience not only a variety of chemicals and explosives, but also even cancer, Parkinson’s disease and some other human diseases, says

Dogs can sense even the slightest fluctuations of temperature of the human body

In order to create a new way to detect dangerous diseases, researchers from England develop methods for training dogs to identify the scent COVID-19. Earlier, a group of researchers have been able to train a dog breed Spaniel to detect the odor of malaria with samples of socks that have previously been of sick children. Moreover, it should be noted that dogs can detect infected child with high accuracy. Further in such an unusual way it is planned to conduct inspections at customs to prevent the spread of malaria infection beyond the troubled countries.

Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted to humans through the bites of mosquitoes of the species Anopheles. The disease is accompanied by fever, chills, enlargement of spleen and liver.

How to help a dog

As mentioned above, some respiratory diseases can affect the smell of our body. Among these diseases includes all known coronavirus infection, whose method of detection may be similar to other infectious diseases. If so, then dogs also can learn to identify her based only on the smell of our skin. Dog handlers involved in training the dogs, sure in positive result of such unusual methodologies, believing that their wards will not be difficult to identify diseased. The training of new “experts to identify COVID-19” should take a very short time. If the user still be able to train spaniels to identify the sick, this will help promptly to diagnose the coronavirus and faster means to isolate and treat patients.

While scientists are looking for ways to identify and treat coronavirus, almost all of Russia sits at home. About why quarantine is the best way of dealing with COVID-19 read in this article.

According to some estimates, trained dogs can check up to 250 people per hour, which means good speed of work without reducing the accuracy of the result. In addition, the efficiency and speed of testing with dogs can be even more precisely than by using already existing at the moment of tests to determine COVID-19.

Earlier we already wrote about the basic symptoms of the coronavirus. In order to learn how to correctly determine its state, without confusing it with SARS and influenza, we recommend you to read this article.

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