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Can Dogs Help Fight COVID-19?

Healthcare experts are eyeing our furry friends in the fight against this coronavirus disease. They are actually looking into having a canine surveillance corps in case a second wave of the virus breaks out. These dogs may be helpful in tracing people infected with the virus.

Testing on Labs

At the Pennsylvania State University, research has been conducted on Labrador retrievers to see if they could detect possible COVID-19 infections. The director for the Working Dog Center at the said university argued that viruses have specific odors, and dogs react to these odors. Surveillance dogs may actually help find potential virus infections! The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is following suit in this COVID - 19 canine response project.

Playmates in Lockdown

Pets, however, can do more than just sniffing the coronavirus.

Your cuddly canine can also be a source of strength in this time of crisis. They can help you cope with stress and anxiety amid social isolation caused by this pandemic.

Even without a lockdown, dogs have always been a helpful companion for many people. Indeed, having pets around can lift your mood in times of desolation. One mother told The Guardian that getting a pet in the time of lockdown is a godsend. Their spaniel became a great playmate for her children.

What do you think of this furry update? Let us know in the comments section below!



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