Dogs used to detect coronavirus deployed at Finland airport

Dogs used to detect coronavirus deployed at Finland airport

Dogs trained to detect the novel coronavirus began sniffing passenger samples at Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa airport this week, authorities said.

Passengers who volunteer to take the test are suspected as carrying the virus are instructed to also take a swab to confirm the result.

The director of Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa airport, which is run by Finavia, said it was one of the first airports to pilot the project that has seen a handful of dogs trained to sniff out Covid-19 stationed at the airport, alongside standard testing procedures.

“We are among the pioneers. As far as we know no other airport has attempted to use canine scent detection on such a large scale against Covid-19. We are pleased with the city of Vantaa’s initiative. This might be an additional step forward on the way to beating Covid-19,” Ulla Lettijeff said, according to a statement from Finavia.

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