Chilean police train smart dogs to detect coronavirus at early stage

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Chilean police train sniffer dogs to detect the coronavirus in people’s sweat at an early stage, after a similar trial in the UK showed encouraging results.Four dogs were selected for initial training – a mix of Labradors and Golden Retrievers who sport green “biodetector” jackets for their task.

They are trained at the specialized training base of Chilean riflemen in the capital Santiago.

Sniffer dogs are best known for detecting drugs, explosives, and people, but they have also been trained to detect diseases such as malaria, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.

Lt. Col. Cristian Acevedo Yanez, director of the Police Specialized Training School, said dogs have more than three million scent receptors – more than 50 times those of humans – and are therefore ideally placed to help fight against the coronavirus.

He said dogs could play a critical role as Chile seeks to gradually reopen its schools and stores and get people back to work.

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