Finland virus sniffing dogs, Finland deploys coronavirus-sniffing dogs.
Ten specially-trained dogs are starting work at Helsinki Airport, using their noses to sniff out passengers with Covid-19.
It’s part of the City of Vantaa’s efforts to test new ways to reduce the spread of the virus, with the canine coronavirus detectors able to smell the virus with almost 100% accuracy during tests conducted by the University of Helsinki.
“We are among the pioneers. As far as we know no other airport has attempted to use canine scent detection on such a large scale against Covid-19” says Airport Director Ulla Lettijeff from Finavia.
“We are pleased with the city of Vantaa’s initiative. This might be an additional step forward on the way to beating Covid-19” she adds.
The dogs are able to identify the virus from a much smaller sample than the standard tests used by healthcare professionals – and need just 10-100 molecules to make a positive ID, compared to current tests which need 18 million molecules for an accurate analysis.
Passengers won’t come into direct contact with the dogs at the airport. Instead the dogs will work in a separate booth, and passengers will wipe their skin with a swab and drop it into a cup, which is given to the dog for sniffing. This method also helps protect the dog’s handler from any infections.
If a test result is positive, the passenger will be directed to a health information point at the airport.