“Hit rate of 80 percent”: Bundeswehr-dogs now to sniff out Corona

The Bundeswehr is explosive and mine detection dogs. The dogs can sniff out cancer too. A Corona infection also?

On command Donnie runs off in the hall. The Belgian shepherd dog from sniffing everything that comes in front of the nose. Finally, he puts it in an Opening with an odour sample and remains seconds. For this, he gets a reward, a yellow game ball.

The Bundeswehr describes a scene in Germany the only service dog school at elm, in the volcanic Eifel region. Donnie is a participant in a research project in collaboration with the Foundation University of Veterinary medicine (TiHo) in Hannover. This should show whether or not the service dogs of the German armed forces are able to detect an infection with the Coronavirus at the smell of saliva samples.

Donnie is already trained protection services and EDD

Dogs are not able to perceive the molecular composition of an odor, only the use of explosives or drugs, but also the threat of low blood sugar from diabetes, and various cancers of sampling the respiratory air of a patient.

On this basis, also the Corona is a result of the project. The idea behind this is that the dogs may not be able to perceive certain components in saliva-smell of an Infected, the existence of a Non-Infected.

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The three-year-old Donnie is one of the ten dogs of the army, to learn the Detection of a Corona of infection. Are trained shepherd dogs, spaniels and retrievers, as the service dog school has announced. The dogs are versatile, Donnie, for example, is trained as a protection service and EDD.

Dogs sniff saliva samples of infected people

"With a hit rate of about 80 percent, the researchers are in elm on the way, the project successfully weiterzuführen", in the middle of the forest lying in the service dog school explains. In a few weeks for reliable results to be available. In other countries such as the USA, Finland and the UK dogs are trained to detect infection with Sars-COV-2. In addition to the saliva samples, there are also Tests with urine and sweat, sometimes with encouraging results.

So far, the Bundeswehr sniff-dogs saliva samples of infected people, in which the virus is chemically harmless have been made. After a successful completion of this test series, the next hurdle would be: I Sniff out even at active corona virus in human saliva? "This must take place under quite different conditions, finally, we need to be sure that no one is in the highly infectious samples to infect kann", TiHo-doctoral student Paula Jendrny emphasized.

So, there is still a long way to four-legged friend, the German armed forces entirely as the Corona-sniffing dogs used, could be capable of. Then, according to the service dog school "a discussion needed to be, in which civilian and military areas of these dogs to your service to perform sollen".

The Bundeswehr has around 300 dogs in action

An infection with Sars-CoV-2 to demonstrate early and clearly, it is common practice to analyze samples from the respiratory tract of a potentially Infected on a virus genome.

Other tasks, the bell helpers of the Bundeswehr have been around for decades: The armed forces as protection, explosives, narcotics, mines and explosive ordnance detection dogs a. Also abroad, such as in Afghanistan and Mali.

According to captain Daniel Remus from the service dog school, the Bundeswehr has around 300 four-legged friend around the world. This can grab on command. And you have a much finer nose than her special dog, where they live day and night. Whether it is fine enough for a Coronavirus infection, it will turn out.

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