Our fur friends can help us in numerous ways. Studies have proven that dogs can help reduce stress and anxiety. And thanks to their great sense of smell, pups are also able to detect weapons and drugs and even people with malaria and cancer.
Many of these hardworking dogs are keenly doing their jobs at airports. And soon, scientists believe that they will be even more valuable in the near future. The scientists are also expecting and working on helping dogs detect people with the COVID-19 virus.
During these times of pandemic, it has been difficult, even scary, for most to go to the airport and travel. But with the help of the dogs, traveling can be much safer. Let us meet these hardworking pups.
A group of six pups was selected by the Medical Detection Dogs to train for detecting people with coronavirus at airports. These six dogs named as “The Super Six” consists of cocker spaniel and labrador mixes and purebred pups. Their names are Digby, Norman, Star, Storm, Asher, and Jasper.
Very soon, Digby, Norman, Star, Storm, Asher, and Jasper could be a big help to reduce the number of people with coronavirus cases. They are currently training hard for the success of this project. And a large part of their training includes their incredible sense of smell.
Professor James Logan, who works as the lead researcher, gave a convincing statement about the success of the project. He said studies show that people with malaria have a certain odor that dogs can distinguish from others at a high accuracy rate. So the scientist is working on helping the pups be familiar with the scent of people with COVID-19.
Professor Logan began the training by collecting samples of the odor. They asked people with the virus and those that don’t, to wear mask and nylon socks for a few hours. Doing so will leave a scent that will help the dogs distinguish which one has the virus’s odor.
Though the dogs are still in the trial process, they may be able to start work within a few weeks based on their progress. Once that happens, the pups could sift through 250 people in a day and detect the virus. If the trials turn out to be a success, it will be a great help for everyone.
The super six are really incredible dogs. But while waiting for their thorough service, we should stay diligent as well. Let’s work harder at keeping ourselves and those around us safe by wearing masks and distancing ourselves until COVID-19 pandemic ends.
Credits to Medical Detection Dogs