The Carabineros Dog Training School and the Catholic University of Chile have selected four dogs, Coffe, Cliffor, Cailin and Dakar, to be trained to recognize people who are infected with coronavirus only with their sense of smell. The people responsible for the project assure that the dogs can only recognize the disease at 250 people per hour with the sense of smell.
The project was launched just over a month ago with these two Labradors and two Golden Retrievers. “We have been investigating around the world what other initiatives we as Carabineros could take to help keep this pandemic safe and contained,” said Lieutenant Colonel Cristián Acevedo, deputy academic director of the Carabineros School of Specialties.
The first phase involves the selection and processing of permits before the ethics committee. Subsequently, samples are taken from patients at the UC Christ Health Network’s Marcoleta and La Pintana sites, which consist of taking traces of armpit sweat from infected people who should preferably have no underlying illnesses.
“It is important to ensure maximum safety at this stage of the concept. Sweat is an element that we should not find virus particles in, and therefore it is a sample that does not infect humans and animals,” said the professor. the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Catholic University Fernando Mardones.