Dog taught to sniff out COVID-19 in Austria
- 15 December 2020
Austrian military have presented the first service dog taught to detect coronavirus by smell using face masks of infected people, the Austrian Defense Ministry reported Monday, APA reports citing TASS.
A second dog is finishing the first stage of trial now, while two more dogs will learn the skill before the end of 2020. It is expected that the project will complete in the first quarter of 2021. Before that, all the dogs will have to go through other practical tests to sniff out coronavirus using masks of infected people. In the end, the agency plans to conclude whether it is possible to use sniffer dogs in real conditions, airports for example.