MIA Is First US Airport To Deploy COVID-Sniffing Dogs

The Washington Post reports:

Cobra, a female Belgian Malinois, and One Betta, a Dutch shepherd, are 7-year-old dogs trained to detect the presence of the coronavirus. The keen-nosed canines are part of a pilot program at Miami International, one of the nation’s busiest airports — and the first to employ dogs in the battle against the coronavirus.

Cobra and One Betta will spend their shifts sniffing the face coverings of employees passing through a checkpoint to detect the presence of the virus in sweat, breath and scents due to metabolic changes that the virus causes in the human body.

If a dog signals the odor of the virus on a person, that individual will be asked to take a rapid coronavirus test, the airport said.

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