Jun 7, 2021
With Maria Goodavage, New York Times bestselling author & dog expert.
Did you know that specially trained dogs are 94% accurate at sniffing out and detecting Covid in airports, workplaces and public events? A trial study conductedby the U.K. charity, "Medical Detection Dogs" trained dogs to detect Covid-19 scent by using more than 3,500 body odor samples from articles of clothing, such as socks and T-shirts and correctly identified individuals who had the Covid-19 virus. The success rate of the dogs exceeded all expectations, proving even more accurate than standard rapid Covid lab tests. It's expected that based upon the success of this trial, dogs will soon be deployed in crowded public areas to sniff out asymptomatic Covid-19 carriers.
Just as dogs make our lives better and richer, now we're learning how our beloved animal companions can become our very best medicine too. Trained "doctor dogs" can also help us stay healthy and warn us of impending medical emergencies in ways we haven’t even imagined.
Florine sits down this week with working dog expert, journalist, and New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage. Her latest book Doctor Dogs details how dogs may alert us to health episodes before they happen and other ways dogs are assisting with the detection and treatment of health disorders. She details how researchers are harnessing dog’s keen sense of smell to alert to seizures, diabetic emergencies and even sniff out Covid-19 in airports. Current studies reveal how dogs are being used in revolutionary new medical practices and scientific advancements.
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