Most of us have seen (or maybe examined by) scent-detecting dogs at airports. These pooches search for drugs, bombs, and other contraband (like fruit!).
But a study at the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school reveals dogs trained to detect COVID-19 in human urine are scoring impressive numbers: a 95% success rate.
“My thought would be screening of people, say, in the airport or people going into a stadium or even people coming back to school,” Dr. Cynthia Otto of Penn Vet told NBC News.
Another study determined dogs can smell COVID-19 in human armpit sweat.
In general, COVID-19 sniffing dogs sound like a great plan — especially because they’re faster and more reliable than what’s available now in terms of detection.
“We wish we had a fast and accurate test on the market, but that’s not the case,” said Dr. Shira Doron, an infectious disease physician and hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center.
Well, it seems we now may have something that’s fast and accurate! (And very cute, too!)
Would You Provide a Urine Sample to Prove You’re COVID-Free — So You Can Fly?
My first thought is there would need to be a lot of toilets installed at airports for this to work. But barring that, I’d provide a sample if it meant I could get on a plane. And while 95% accuracy is 5% below optimal, it certainly seems better than what’s available right now to medical professionals.
What do you think? Would you let a dog smell your urine so you could fly? Please tell us your thoughts in the below Comments section! (And remember this isn’t a political blog. So don’t get pissy. 😉 )
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