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Finland: Covid-sniffing canines deployed at Helsinki-Vantaa airport03:28

Finland: Covid-sniffing canines deployed at Helsinki-Vantaa airport

Finland, Helsinki
September 25, 2020 at 22:58 GMT -00:00 · Published

Travelers who arrived at Helsinki airport were able to get a free COVID-19 test done by a trained sniffing dog as part of a pilot program at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on Friday.

"The COVID testing took off incredibly well, and the dogs are doing fine. This is their fifth day in real action at the airport and it seems that they have no problem performing to sniff all day long," Said Susanna Paavilainen, CEO of Wisenose, the organisation behind the initiative.

Travelers were seen queuing up for the test where they were asked to wipe their skin using a cloth to collect sweat samples and to leave the cloths in a can. The cans containing different scents were presented to a dog, which picked out the COVID-positive can.

"I just rubbed with the cloth on my skin directly, also my neck and dropped that in the can; in ten seconds she gave me the result," said a traveller from Vietnam

The Finnish organisation Wisenose is training a total of 16 dogs for the project, 10 of which will be able to work at the airport.

Finland: Covid-sniffing canines deployed at Helsinki-Vantaa airport03:28
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Travelers who arrived at Helsinki airport were able to get a free COVID-19 test done by a trained sniffing dog as part of a pilot program at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on Friday.

"The COVID testing took off incredibly well, and the dogs are doing fine. This is their fifth day in real action at the airport and it seems that they have no problem performing to sniff all day long," Said Susanna Paavilainen, CEO of Wisenose, the organisation behind the initiative.

Travelers were seen queuing up for the test where they were asked to wipe their skin using a cloth to collect sweat samples and to leave the cloths in a can. The cans containing different scents were presented to a dog, which picked out the COVID-positive can.

"I just rubbed with the cloth on my skin directly, also my neck and dropped that in the can; in ten seconds she gave me the result," said a traveller from Vietnam

The Finnish organisation Wisenose is training a total of 16 dogs for the project, 10 of which will be able to work at the airport.

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