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Florida uses dogs to detect COVID-19: over 90% accuracy

According to a professor at Florida International University, dogs detecting coronavirus at the entrances to sports facilities and theme parks in Central Florida could soon become normal. Click orlando.

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Dr. Kenneth Furton is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a university president. He says dogs can accurately detect COVID-19 by over 90 percent.

Furton said the university has been training dogs for indoor detective work for COVID-19 for the past six months.

The school said that in 9 out of 10 cases, dogs can detect a person infected with COVID-19.

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If a dog has already been trained to detect odors, Ferton said, it can be trained to detect coronavirus infection within two weeks.

Furton said theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando Resort may consider using dogs as another layer of protection.

“Of course in Orlando with all the theme parks, this could be a very viable option. Rapid tests are probably good: you get results in 45 minutes. But these dogs will give you an answer in seconds, ”he said.

Furton also added that there are currently three trained dogs in Tallahassee, trained in collaboration with Governor Ron DeSantis' Emergency Operations Center.

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These dogs are actively scanning premises in educational institutions for the presence of the virus. Another trained dog scans campus and classrooms.

“We use them mainly in rooms where you can do a thorough cleaning. This could be a room in which a person with a positive test result for coronavirus could have been, "said Furton.

At a sports facility, he said, dogs can detect the virus if people are at a social distance of 6 feet (about 2 meters) from each other.

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