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Helsinki Airport trials use of dogs to detect coronavirus in international arrivals


Helsinki officials are testing the use of coronavirus-detecting dogs at airports, although more scientific research needs to be done to prove the efficiency of canine testing.

The state-funded pilot scheme, which is being overseen by the University of Helsinki, is using scent detection dogs trained by Nose Academy, a Finnish organization that specializes in scent detection, who it says are quick in recognizing coronavirus from samples.

”We have 10 dogs that can reliably work in the airport environment,” Susanna Paavilainen, University of Helsinki research coordinator and Nose Academy Chief Executive, said in a statement.

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