The method carried out last night in the USA seems to herald a new era in sports competitions. Two thousand spectators to be taken to the match played between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers in the US professional basketball league NBA were sniffed into the hall one by one by Covid-19 detection dogs. In the practice made before the encounter with those with dog phobia, they entered with the rapid Covid-19 test, if dogs smell the audience and continue, it means that the person does not have Covid-19, if they sit next to the person, it means that the person has a coronavirus. Regarding the subject that has been discussed for a long time in the scientific world, it is stated that “Dogs are 94 percent successful in detecting Covid-19”, while other teams are also reviewing the application and preparing for use.
Last night, there was a first in the name of Covid-19 measures in the US Professional Basketball League NBA.
The Heat management sold 2,000 tickets before the match against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The club said in a statement that people coming to the hall will be screened by Covid-19 detection dogs.
Before the match between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers at the American Airlines Arena, 2 thousand people were controlled with the help of trained dogs.
The trained dogs, which were used in some airports before, smelled the spectators one by one.
If dogs smell the person and continue, it means that the person does not have a corona virus, and if they sit next to the person, it means that the person has a coronavirus.
One of the 2,000 spectators taken to the hall with social distance measures, Kayla Roeber said after being sniffed by the dog, “Dogs can find drugs. They can also detect Covid-19, ” said.
While the people sitting next to the dogs were not allowed into the hall, Miami Heat announced that their money would be refunded.
The club said that those with dog phobia will be subjected to the rapid corona test.
While Miami Heat is the first sports club to screen audiences for Covid-19 with dogs, there are still debates in the scientific world about whether dogs can detect Covid-19.
Studies conducted all over the world confirm that dogs can detect people with Covid-19 by detecting the smell of viruses in human sweat.
Dogs specially trained for Covid-19 can detect the coronavirus even if people do not show symptoms.
“We are familiar with explosive detection dogs, drug dogs and dogs that receive similar training, dogs that can do these can be successfully trained against Covid-19,” said Kenneth Furton, who conducted dog training for Covid-19 at Florida International University on the subject.
Furton said, “It may take months for dogs with no experience to detect odor to be trained in Covid-19 searches, but dogs experienced in sniffing other diseases, drugs or explosives can learn to” smell the virus “in a few days.”
“I think dogs can provide an extra layer of protection, especially for large areas, because while there is a lot of excitement about vaccination, it will take some time for all of us to get vaccinated,” Furton said.
In July, researchers in Germany published a pilot study in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases, describing how they trained eight dogs to distinguish saliva samples from a Covid-19 patient and a healthy person.
The researchers reported in their study that dogs correctly identified 157 positive samples and 792 negative samples among 1,12 samples, but incorrectly identified 33 samples as negative and 30 samples as positive. The dogs “achieved a detection rate of 94 percent on average,” the researchers wrote.
Dogs have been through rigorous training since May to detect Covid-19. Chile and Russia are working on the subject, which France and Germany attach great importance to.
Dogs that detect Covid-19 for Germany are being trained in the German Army training area in Daun, Germany.
In the Maison-Alfort on the outskirts of Paris, the capital of France, dogs are bred after detecting the fabric that came into contact with a patient with Covid-19.
Dogs are on duty at Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile, to detect Covid-19.
Dogs serving at Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile had a hard training.
In Tehran, the capital of Iran, dogs are trained for 23 days to detect Covid-19.
Dogs are being trained to be assigned to detect Covid-19 at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, the capital of Russia.
Dogs are also trained in the Milton Keynes area of England.