COVID-sniffing dogs will be at Miami International Airport.
A resolution sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kionne McGhee and approved by the commission, and the county aviation department has partnering with Florida International University to host a 30-day pilot program.
The dogs will be at Checkpoint 3 near Door 8 to check on the health of airport employees, as FIU researchers trained them to sniff out an odor produced by metabolic changes in people infected with the virus.
The dogs have been smelling face masks from people infected with the virus that have been “deactivated with ultraviolet light,” according to Kenneth G. Furton, FIU provost and professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
These dogs were previously used by the Miami Heat at the FTX Arena, and were already being used to detect COVID-19 in Chile, UAE and Finland and the dogs detect the disease with almost 100% accuracy.