Dogs have been our most beloved companions for centuries and now they might be able to help us in a completely different way.
In Finland, dogs are already helping to detect cancers of breasts and prostates. Now about 50 dogs are trained to find positive COVID-19 samples. Stock picture: Finland Today
In Finland, dogs have been trained to sniff canine and humane breast cancers as well as human prostate cancer. “The best dogs have a sensitivity and specificity of over 90 percent,” says Björkman. This percentage makes them ideal candidates for becoming diagnostic assistants. With a new virus comes a new smell and even though the research is still at its early stages, dogs seem to be able to detect this new scent after only a few weeks.