US trains dogs to sniff out those infected with COVID-19 in schools

This week, two canines trained to identify an odor from people infected with COVID-19 will visit three Bristol County school districts.

A black Labrador named Huntah and a golden Labrador named Duke, according to US News, can sense the smell of the virus on surfaces and will sit to indicate when they find it.

WBZ-TV reported Tuesday that the dogs will visit three schools in the Freetown, Lakeville, and Norton school districts.

US trains dogs to sniff out those infected with COVID-19 in schools


“With COVID, whether it’s the omicron, whether it’s the delta, our dogs will hit on it,” said Bristol County Capt. Paul Douglas. “And if there’s a new variant that comes out in six months, hopefully, there isn’t, but if there is one, COVID is COVID.”


Fairhaven School Superintendent Tara Kohler welcomed the dogs saying their presence shows students, “we are doing everything we can to mitigate the risk and I want them to feel secure and safe and not anxious about their surroundings.”

US trains dogs to sniff out those infected with COVID-19 in schools

The dogs were trained using a detection program developed by Florida International University’s International Forensic Research Institute.

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