Dogs Successfully Trained to Sniff out COVID in Schools
Since last fall, Huntah the dog, a not-quite-two-year-old black lab, has been sweeping classrooms and common areas at Freetown Elementary School nearly every week in search of ... COVID. "So, if the dog indicates on COVID," explains Capt. Paul Douglas, who handles Huntah and runs the K-9 Unit of Bristol County Sheriff's Office, "the dog will sit." Huntah is part of a program developed by scientists at Florida International University in Miami who have trained dogs to detect COVID on surfaces and in people. The researchers started working with the animals in the early months of the pandemic — and have successfully deployed them in Florida, Hawaii and Massachusetts to sniff out the virus. Read the article from NPR here.