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Dogs at the Miami airport are being trained to sniff out COVID-19. Here's how it works

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22.09.2021

Miami has officially become the first city in the U.S. to use COVID-19–sniffing dogs at an airport to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Two dogs — a Belgian Malinois named Cobra and a Dutch shepherd named One Betta — are currently being stationed at an employee security checkpoint. The detector dogs aren't checking for COVID-19 on passengers, but rather employees as part of a pilot program that's been extended through October. Their noses are a crucial weapon in a fight against COVID: currently, the state of Florida is at the tail-end of yet another deadly COVID-19 surge

According to the Miami Herald, the two dogs, who work Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., together detected at least two cases since last week.

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"This pandemic has pushed us to innovate to stop the spread," said Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, in a statement. "We're proud to do everything we can to protect our residents. I look forward to seeing how the airport tests their skills and expanding the pilot program to other County facilities."

Reportedly, the two dogs are able to detect COVID-19 in a person with an estimated 99 percent accuracy.........

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