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Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University trains dogs to sniff out Covid-19

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Covid-19 has a smell only some dogs can sense. In Thailand, 6 dogs have been trained at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science to sniff out the coronavirus. Apparently, the dogs are 95% accurate at identifying those infected with the virus, even those who are asymptomatic.

Researchers gathered sweat samples from Covid-19 patients, using cotton swabs to soak up perspiration from the patients’ armpits and collecting sweaty socks. The cotton swabs and socks were put in cans for dogs to sniff. When a dog smells a sample that contains Covid-19, it immediately sits down, according to the head of the research project and the faculty’s associate dean for research and innovation, Kaywalee Chatdrong.

“Since dogs’ sense of smell is 50 times better than humans, we decided to train Labrador Retrievers as they have long snouts, a good sense of smell and are friendly… In the future, we will train dogs to detect patients with other diseases, such as diabetes, depression, malaria and Alzheimer’s.”

While temperature checks can help detect cases for those with a fever, the dogs will be able to detect asymptomatic cases.

Thailand's Chulalongkorn University trains dogs to sniff out Covid-19 | News by Thaiger

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Thailand's Chulalongkorn University trains dogs to sniff out Covid-19 | News by Thaiger

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Thailand's Chulalongkorn University trains dogs to sniff out Covid-19 | News by Thaiger

Photo by Chulalongkorn University

SOURCES: Chulalongkorn University | Nation Thailand

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    Mike

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Dogs are the best. When I was at university I smoked loads of weed but my girlfriend’s brother was a tea leaf and always half-inched my stash so I had to hide it. Trouble was I hid it so well and I was so baked all the time I could never remember where I’d hidden it so I trained my labrador to sniff it out for me. We made a good team.

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    Slugger

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    That would be why the Chinese beat you in education every time.

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    Wayno

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Well done Chulalongkorn University.
    Here’s an idea, if you can train dogs, could you not get involved with the DLT and teach Thais to ride and drive safely

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    vic

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Why don’t you stop copying and pasting any bullshit you find on the web?

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Thais training dogs!
    Don’t be ridiculous.
    They will have to pay for foreign trained dogs with foreign handlers.
    This is a land of peasants who cannot add three items on a bill, without coming out with a wrong total.

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    Ian

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3:09 am

    You so make me laugh Toby, this must be why they will not let farangs make business in thailand as we would all be millionares as not much competition with Thai educated even the degree people are not well educated but they are good with thier hands in all ways 555

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