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The United States of America (USA) has trained dogs to detect an odor from patients who are sick with Covid-19. The said dogs will visit three district schools in Bristol County this week.

 

US News reports that a black Labrador nicknamed Huntah and a golden Lab named Duke has the ability to detect the smell of the virus on surfaces and will sit to indicate when they pick up the odor.

 

The trained dogs will visit three schools in Norton, Freetown and Lakeville school districts according to a media report by WBZ-TV.

 


“With COVID, whether it’s the omicron, whether it’s the delta, our dogs will hit on it,” said Bristol County Capt. Paul Douglas. “And if there’s a new variant that comes out in six months, hopefully, there isn’t, but if there is one, COVID is COVID.”

 

Tara Kohler, Fairhaven School Superintendent welcomed the idea of dogs stating that this shows students that “we are doing everything we can to mitigate the risk and I want them to feel secure and safe and not anxious about their surroundings.”

 

These dogs were trained using a program for detection which was designed by Florida International University – International Forensic Research Institute.

 

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