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An airport in Finland is using dogs to detect the coronavirus, and researchers say they are 'close to 100%' accuracy

An airport in Finland is using dogs to detect the coronavirus, and researchers say they are 'close to 100%' accuracy

A COVID-19 sniffer dog at a press conference held at Helsinki Vantaa International Airport in Finland on September 22.
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Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport is trialing dogs to test travelers for the coronavirus, claiming it could be a more efficient and cheaper way of testing than traditional tests.




Passengers who volunteer to be tested by the dog wipe their skin with a wipe and drop it into a container, and the dog reacts if they detect the virus.




The researchers say the dogs have "come close to 100% sensitivity" and that dogs can detect it faster than laboratory tests.




Other teams around the world are testing how good dogs are at detecting the virus.




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An airport in Finland is using sniffer dogs to try and detect whether people have the coronavirus.Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport is running a trial that lets people volunteer to be tested for the virus by the dogs, which researchers say could result in dogs being used as a faster and cheaper way to test than using nasal swabs.Anna Hielm-Bjorkman, the University of Helsinki professor running the trial, said the dogs are "very good" at detecting the virus."We come close to 100% sensitivity," she said, Reuters reported.
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