Covid-19 sniffer dogs start work at Helsinki Airport

A team of ten specially-trained canines are part of the new experiment, and in training they’ve already proved to be much more accurate than conventional coronavirus tests.

Ten specially-trained dogs are starting work at Helsinki Airport, using their noses to sniff out passengers with Covid-19.

It’s part of the City of Vantaa’s efforts to test new ways to reduce the spread of the virus, with the canine coronavirus detectors able to smell the virus with almost 100% accuracy during tests conducted by the University of Helsinki.

“We are among the pioneers. As far as we know no other airport has attempted to use canine scent detection on such a large scale against Covid-19” says Airport Director Ulla Lettijeff from Finavia. More at

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