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Covid-19 sniffing Security Dogs coming to a city near you

Sniffer dogs are successfully being trained to sniff out Covid-19 on humans and according to a leading security firm their use could become mainstream by Easter 2021.

Security dogs are well known for their super sniffing abilities – money, drugs, explosives. However, recent trials have been successful in using canines to sniff out Covid-19 leading to enquiries for commercial use in shops, airports, transport hubs and public spaces in the UK.

“These dogs are simply amazing – they can smell the odour of Covid! Training is currently taking place to enable them to actually sniff out those carrying Covid-19 in busy areas, that’s some skill!”

The sniffer dogs have been trained by the charity Medical Detection Dogs and have been on trial at London Paddington train station this week. It is hoped if the trials are successful, the dogs will be able to work for real in early 2021.

Early detection of the symptoms of Covid-19 is key to isolating those with the virus. It is thought that if the sniffer dogs could track those in busy public spaces and help to quarantine anyone with traces of the virus.

Image Of A Labrador Dog For Detecting Covid-19

“The Covid-19 sniffer dogs take less than 1 second to sniff out the virus, and have been successful in detecting the virus even when no symptoms have been showing”, adds Lilly Moss from Guards.co.uk

Even Health Secretary, Matt Hancock thought the idea was great, when he met the dogs at London Paddington on Tuesday: “You can immediately think of the number of uses that we could put this to – and find people who don’t know they have Covid”.

If enough dogs could be trained up, the thinking is that Covid-19 sniffer dogs could become a regular sight in train stations, shopping centres and public spaces.

“We have already had enquiries from some large shopping centre clients about how we could integrate sniffer dogs into the regular patrols – they are jumping on every resource they can to keep open and trading”, says Lilly Moss from Guards.co.uk

Anyone wanting to help these special dogs and who has tested positive for coronavirus can apply for a pack containing a t-shirt, mask and socks which are used to train the dogs here: www.virusdogs.com

Security Guards Using Virus Detecting Smart Glasses to Reopen Businesses

To speed up mass reopening of restaurants, pubs, workplaces and public spaces, bosses are planning on using new virus detection glasses to help isolate those with virus symptoms.
As bosses struggle to get their heads around how to safely re-open their businesses, attention has been paid to technology already successfully being used in China and South Korea – one being the practice of temperature isolation.

AI Smart GlassesThe key concept being that if customers with Coronavirus symptoms such as high temperatures can be reliably restricted from entering premises – they can convince the Government that it is safe for their pubs, cafes and restaurants to open safely.

“Businesses need to prove that they can properly protect their customers”, says Hannah McDonald from Guards.co.uk, “Even after lockdown is released, the virus will be around and we need to follow China’s example on how to restrict the movements of those showing symptoms”.

China and South Korea have adopted smart technology to monitor and restrict their citizens in a battle to combat Covid-19. The UK is not likely to follow those same tight controls, however big business is looking into how security guards could be employed using similar technology to restrict the movements of those showing certain symptoms.

Guards would be trained to use AI Smart Glasses to detect, divert and isolate those people they fear may be carrying the virus.

About the Coronavirus AI Smart Glasses

  • Camera unit fits onto a normal pair of protective glasses
  • Uses detection software to record a person’s body temperature
  • Can handle 5 people walking towards the guard at the same time
  • Data is relayed to a central computer or shown on a screen or headset
  • Security guards would then refuse entrance to those showing high temperatures

Other technology such as Temperature Detecting CCTV and the NHS’s own Symptom Tracker App are thought to be part of the Government’s plan to speed up the release of lockdown and allow the Country to go back to work.

“If businesses themselves can prove they can act responsibly and prevent those with symptoms from entering premises, we are moving towards a sensible way to work as a Country to fight the virus”, says Hannah McDonald from Guards.co.uk